Monday morning, naval Lt Scott Harrigan escorted Prince Charles around the Military Family Resource Centre in Halifax as part of Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall’s royal tour in Canada.
For Harrigan, it was an honour to be escorting The Prince for the third time during his career, and it was also a chance to show how grateful he was for Charles’s indirect help in moving towards a new life after his military career ended.
Lt Harrigan has served with the Canadian Forces in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Haiti, and is one of nearly 400 people who have taken part in Operation Entrepreneur, an initiative of Charles’s Canadian charity.
The fact that Charles is interested in helping retired servicemen and women is not a great surprise. Prince Charles has always shown an interest in aiding those ex-service personnel from the Royal Navy, and Charles even did some of his naval training at CFB Gagetown in New Brinswick in 1975.
The Operation Entrepreneur programme run by The Prince’s Charities Canada aims to help military personnel make the transition to civilian life by helping those who want to start their own business. Lt Harrigan said: “I don’t think a lot of military members realise that they are in fact, or have, the entrepreneurial spirit, I think it’s very cool that Prince Charles does this”.
Harrigan was one of many who took part in a week long business boot camp, where he began a website selling dog leashes composed of intricate naval knots.
Gino Savard is another military member who has benefited from Operation Entrepreneur. Having served for 27 years, his last day of military service is on Thursday. Savard says that his transition is happening very smoothly, and that his new business is also doing very well. He has four hybrid vehicles for a personalised delivery operation that focuses on parcels of less than 30 kilograms.
Operation Entrepreneur is just one of a number of initiatives that is offered by The Prince’s Charities Canada.
News of the business ‘wings’ comes as Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall conclude the second day of their 2014 Canada tour.