Constable Gerry Breese was a 17 year veteran with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. On May 19, 1990 he was struck by a car while operating his police motorcycle when responding to a critical incident.

He sustained a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for 4 days. Cst. Breese returned home after 3 weeks and struggled with challenges in his personality and ability to live life as he had prior to being injured.

Sadly, he died suddenly at home 5 months later. His wife, Janelle, has dedicated the past 30 years to raising their daughters and serving families and individuals who have suffered a catastrophic injury or a death in their family. It is her hope this page will be a source of education, comfort and inspiration to others walking the path of grief.

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Gerry’s death, his family came together to create the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses as a way to serve individuals and families who have suffered a catastrophic loss through death, injury, or other life-altering events.


a) To develop and deliver therapeutic programs and other related counseling, information, group support programs, retreats and health support resources to individuals and/or loved ones of individuals who have experienced traumatic life loss, mental health issues, substance abuse and addiction issues, and/or acquired brain injury;

b) To promote the health of individuals and/or loved ones of individuals who have experienced traumatic life loss, mental health issues, substance abuse, addiction or acquired brain injury, by providing:

1) access to information, care and community support services;

2) access to accessible and/or supportive housing, assistive devices and equipment;




c) To educate the public and increase awareness and knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse/addiction, and acquired brain injury through workshops, seminars, pamphlets, information sheets, and advocacy programs;

d) To solicit and receive gifts, bequests, trusts, funds and property and beneficially, or as a trustee or agent, to hold, invest, develop, manage, accumulate, administer and disburse funds and property pursuant to the provisions of the Income Tax Act to registered charities as well as other “qualified donees”; and 

e) To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the aforementioned purposes of the Corporation.

Traumatic life losses include, but are not limited to:

Physical Death

Brain Injury



Mental Illness


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