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Inaugural fundraising event named best fundraiser of 2015

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Less than a year after graduating from Memorial boot camp in 2014 Leendert Bolle was looking for a way to give back to the program he credits for Hero Dog Treat’s rapid growth and expansion. “The numbers say it all,” he says in a recent survey.

He hit upon the idea of bringing together his former life as a Special Operations soldier and his current life as an entrepreneur to raise funds and awareness for Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur.  To make it happen he partnered with Michael Daignault, a Regina 2014 boot camp graduate and Director of Business Development for Magnus Training & Protection Inc. From that Operation Bullseye was born. 

On November 19, 2015 16 “Type A” personalities participated in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and were taught to shoot military calibre weapons by former members of the Canadian Special Forces.  Bob Ramsay, a writer and one of the “Type A” personalities, wrote about the incredible experience in an article published in the Huffington Post: 

“By the end of the day, we were exhausted. The mental and physical efforts took their toll. But what really did us in was the successive rushes of adrenaline that accompanied every round of fire. We'd had just a taste of the addictive power of gunfire and now, whenever we watch the news, we also have a tiny glimmer of what being in combat must really be like.

But most of all, we learned that Canada's Special Forces and snipers aren't cowboys. They're professionals, with a highly developed understanding of risk (guess wrong and you're dead), teamwork, initiative and tactics-on-the-fly - the very qualities that make successful entrepreneurs.”