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.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon

The Quebec program of the Project Healing Waters Canada project is a very active group. The volunteers are always looking for new ways to help veterans. Some form of outing or get-together is always being planned.

One new idea to help veterans with fly fishing needs came to fruition recently.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Group
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Group
quebec fly tying marathon saw good turnout

On Saturday March 25th this year, Quebec members held their first ever fly tying marathon which they called “Tie a fly for a Veteran”. Over twenty regular tyers came for this first event as well some of the group’s regular participants.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Participants

As you can see from the photos taken on the day, the marathon was a success. Furthermore, a record number of flies were created and proudly displayed on the group’s supporter board.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Board including sponsors

The members of the Quebec program are keen to extend a huge thank you to all of the sponsors who graciously donated material and equipment to make this day special for us and for the veterans.

Please be sure to visit their websites and consider supporting their businesses.

Superfly International  provided all the material for the group to use.
Partridge Hooks donated all the necessary hooks.
UNI Thread Fils Uni supplied the thread and some door prizes.

Other door prize donations came from:

Cortland Fly Line

Royal Wulff Fly Line

Loon Outdoor

Le Coin du Moucheur

Temple Fork Outfitters

 

Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar

Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar – a must have for fans and supporters. Some of you may have seen tweets from us recently about it.

Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar
Cover of the 2015 Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar © Corvidae Studios

The calendar is the brainchild of Jonathan Edwards and Ann Allain who run a photography business, Corvidae Studios, in Ottawa, Ontario. Jonathan is a cousin of Ryan Edwards. Ryan is the program coordinator for a Project Healing Waters chapter in Newfoundland.

Both Jonathan and Ann are proud of the veterans who serve our country and also of Ryan and his contribution. Knowing that funds are always welcome by Project Healing Waters Canada, and realizing that they had some great aviation photographs, Jonathan and Ann decided that if the two were combined, a colourful calendar could be put together.

The talented duo contacted our Program team to ask about working with us to produce the calendar. Following discussions by phone and email, there was a friendly meeting over coffee. Project Healing Waters Canada was delighted at the idea and is exploring the options for future calendar promotions as well.

Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar images

So far the calendar sales have been doing well though we still have a few left. Take a look at some of the great images below.

Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar
January Photo – Mustang © Corvidae Studios
Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar
March Photo – Mako Shark © Corvidae Studios
Project Healing Waters Canada Calendar
June Photo – Sabre Hawk One © Corvidae Studios

If you still haven’t got a calendar at home or in the office, den – wherever! – please contact Corvidae here and place your order. Cost is now $18 (down from $20) with some of the proceeds going towards the activities in Ryan’s area. Follow Corvidae, too, on Twitter where they are @CorvidaePhotos.

It is therefore the project’s hope that another calendar can be produced for 2016. The goal is to have a larger number printed, more features and information, and more funds raised to work across more PHWFFC chapters.

Most of all, thank you to Jonathan and Ann for their hard work and support of veterans. The funds raised will help us with more rehabilitation and healing.