Paul Morrell retired from the Canadian Army in 1996 after a career as a “Soldier” first and “Supply Tech” second. He was honored to have the pleasure of serving with the 1st Battalion PPCLI, LDSH (RC) and 1 Service Battalion in Calgary.
During a 5 year posting in Edmonton heI worked closely with the BAMEO as IOR Coordinator responsible for the C130 Herc’s, 408 Sqn Helicopters and 440 Sqn Twin Otters Spare Parts.
His interest in fishing started in Wabush, Labrador where he fished with his dad, he carries and shares these memories to this day as he fly fishes with his son Geordan.
His love for fly-fishing started on the Bow River in the early ’80s. In the beginning he felt it gave him solitude and peace of mind offering a lifetime of learning that sees no boundaries or discrimination. With each cast there is eternal hope for what he or his clients may be awarded with, and most importantly he shares this passion with his wife Linda.
As a fly fisherman and “Damn Fine Guide” on the Bow River, he has the opportunity to pass on the wisdom he has gained from so many fly-fishing people that have shared his life of fishing adventures. His involvement with PHWFC started when he was redesigning his dory for wheelchair accessibility and received a call from his Junior High School friend Ray Fairweather – the rest is water under the bridge. Paul has a history of working closely with Brain Injury Survivors through www.arbi.ca since the early 80’s. Paul currently operates a guide service on the Bow River in Calgary Alberta. You will find him at the oars of his custom made McKenzie dory well after dark on the water he loves – The Bow River.
Ray Fairweather was born in Saint John, New Brunswick a very long time ago. (Sorry Ray – had to do it…)
His love for fishing started at the age of 6 when he lived near Waterford. He sought out little brookies on small waters – finally picking up fly fishing about age 9.
His grandfather, for whom he was named, let him tag along with him. He was allowed to dapple a fly on a bamboo pole for even smaller brookies. From there, he graduated to carrying his grandfather’s lunch pail while he went Atlantic Salmon fishing. He’s been fly fishing ever since.
ray joins the armed forces
Ray joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982, a shaved tail at 20 years old. He was a Radop 211 for much of his career and retired as CMTC SIG SGT in 2006. Postings included Kingston, Germany, Gagetown and Wainwright. He served with 1CSR, Lahr, Comm Sqn, CTC Sig Tp, 2 RCR, MTSC, 742 COMM Det, CMTC.
Ray got involved with Project Healing Waters Canada because of his strong belief that he needed to give something back to the Canadian Armed Forces and those that serve.
Welcome to the Project Healing Waters Flyfishing Canada blog. We’re hard at work getting things together for a few outings with the Canadian Forces, and we’ll be sure to talk all about that here.
Our first Northern Alberta fundraiser will take some time in the spring, and we’ll be working with the Northern Lights Fly Tyers – Trout Unlimited Edmonton (http://www.nlft.org) organizing that soon.
As we’re still waiting for the paint to dry around here, we’ve got a lot to say – but nothing is written down! Kerry and I (your humble host Scratch) will do our best to get things documented, because the work we facilitate takes care of the Soldiers that serve YOUR country. We hope to count on your support, and look forward to some great programs, heart-filled stories, and some real positive change for the men and women that wear our flag.