Medric Cousineau (known as ‘Cous’) originally came to Project Healing Waters Canada as a participant.
‘Cous’ graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC). However his career as a naval aviator was cut short by injuries sustained doing Search & Rescue. He was awarded the Star of Courage during this time.
As a result of his rescue work, Cous understands what it is like to be a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
His award winning work with Service Dogs and Paws Fur Thought is documented in his book, ‘Further Than Yesterday: That’s All That Counts’. Cous made his experiences public in order to shine the light on the issues veterans face and to help others.
Cous credits Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada and his fishing buddies for helping him find his “happy place”. He likes nothing more than being on the rivers and streams, and at the tying vise.
Consequently, from key fob brookies to trophy fish, Cous is happiest on the water. He is now getting to share his passion and obsession with others.
He loves teaching children Tenkara fishing. Tenkara is the Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod, line and fly.
As Nova Scotia Provincial Coordinator, Cous most of all hopes to help others “Heal on the Fly”.
Project Healing Waters Canada is proud to announce a new Program launch for veterans in Victoria, BC. This event follows the recent introduction of a regional Coordinator.
The first meeting was held at Robinson’s Outdoor store in the city centre. The veterans in attendance were introduced to the art of fly tying. the best practice for this is to see a demonstration of fly tying in action. A live screen hook-up is also a good way to view the skills needed as well as the final well-tied fly.
Fly shop manager, Matt King, and Ian Muirhead, a renowned BC fly-fishing guide, were there as well. The pair were keen that everyone enjoyed their experience. The veterans were told more about what Project Healing Waters Canada and what it does.
Furthermore, it is clear that the recruits are more than keen to pursue this new passion. They could not wait to have a go at tying some flies themselves, and the photos show how engaged they are.
Don Smith, our newly appointed BC Provincial Coordinator, an avid fly tyer and fly fisher, was present at the event. He is very enthusiastic to see his fellow veterans’ desire to continue the fly tying adventure.
The next step for this new Program and these veterans includes learning the art of fly-casting. Once this is mastered, they go out onto the water to experience the joys of fly-fishing.
Finally, this introductory event would not have been possible without the financial support of the Royal Canadian Legion. Special mention goes to Esquimalt Dockyard Branch 172, spearheaded by Jim Stephen.
Thank you to all those involved and to the companies who donated the tools for the new fly tyers to use. We appreciate the support.
We’re delighted to announce that Don Smith is our new Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator in British Columbia (BC).
Don is a former engineering officer who retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after a thirty-five year career.
Don was raised in Ottawa, Ontario where he learned to fish at the family cottage near Perth. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Don took up fly fishing during a posting to Halifax.
As he and his family moved across Canada and the United States, fly fishing and fly tying became passions that grew and remain strong to this day.
Don benefited greatly from some excellent mentors. As Coordinator BC, he hopes to pass on what he knows to the veterans who are novices to fishing.
Proud to have served in the Navy, Don is happy no longer being in an office with four walls. He much prefers the rivers and beaches of Vancouver Island. He lives with his wife, Lynn, (another fisher who is rather more patient than he) in Victoria, BC.
Please join us in giving Don a warm welcome to our Project.