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.
New Program Coordinators are always a ‘good news’ story here at Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada. So it’s therefore exciting for us to announce that four new volunteers have joined us in the past couple of months.
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Their contact details are available on our website here.
A very warm welcome is extended to all. Thank you for offering your help.
More volunteers means more opportunities to help our veterans participate in fly fishing and fly tying activities throughout Canada.
If anyone is still thinking about helping, please consider having an informal chat with a member of the Project Healing Waters Canada staff. We are able to advise about what we do. Furthermore, we can tell you where and how you can help.
We look forward to meeting and seeing Dave, Tom, Terrence and Ed on outings in the coming months.