New Program Launch, Victoria, BC


program launch in victoria, british columbia

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.

New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick

New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick
Chuck Boudreau
New Project Healing Waters Canada coordinator New Brunswick is announced


A New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick is now confirmed and his name is Charles Boudreau. Known as Chuck, he originally comes from Bathurst.

Thanks to his Dad, Chuck was introduced to fishing and fly fishing at an early age. Consequently, when he was 13 years-old, he started tying flies. He is also a professional fly tyer and, as a result, continues to give lessons as a fly tying instructor.

In the late ‘70s, Chuck graduated from Bathurst High School and attended New Brunswick Community College for a degree in Electronics.

After graduation, Chuck took a position with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in northern New Brunswick. His role was field technician, involving Atlantic salmon enhancement on the Nepisiquit River in the province.

Chuck eventually joined the Canadian Air Force in 1984. He served in various locations, all the while with a fly rod by his side. In 2010, he retired and took a position with IMP Aerospace for a 5 year contract.

Now living in Burton, New Brunswick, Chuck shares his home with his lovely wife. Furthermore, the couple have two boys that are now out of the house and with families of their own.

In conclusion, Chuck is looking forward to teaching and helping fellow veterans. Most of all, he hopes to get them out to enjoy the great outdoors with tight lines, and maybe with a fly they tied themselves.

Meet Richard Chalke, BC

BC resident Richard Chalke is an avid angler; some might call it passion, but we know it better as addiction.

The sport is in is blood. Richard has over 30 years of angling experience dating back to fishing the rivers of southwest England as a child. Any time he could arrange to be dropped off at the river or reservoir, Richard would leap at the opportunity. Like many of us, he was as happy to land a fish as he was to simply sit hoping all day!

BC interior

Over the years Richard has fished for many different species using many methods around the world. He emigrated to Canada from England when he was 12 years-old. His family settled in BC’s interior.

Cariboo River, BC courtesy Wikipedia

On the waters there, he discovered a passion for fly-fishing. Now Richard stalks fish with both single, and double handed, fly rods. He targets all game species that British Columbia has to offer.

His experience fishing the waters and rivers of the Interior and Lower Mainland means  Richard places high regard on ethical angling and conservation.  He believes strongly that this philosophy outweighs the ability or need to place a fish in the freezer.

However proficient Richard has become on the water, he thinks there is something to learn every time he goes out. He is an active fly tyer, and participates in several Internet fishing forums. Richard actively contributes to threads where he offers advice and shares stories of fishing adventures past and present.

Richard is married (19 years) with two wonderful children, and works with the Vancouver Police.

Working with our BC program leader, Jack Simpson, Richard is a coordinator of our activities in British Columbia.