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October 27, 2017 6:30 pm

Quesnel Area Couple Receive Medal of Good Citizenship

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Paul and Terry Nichols  and  MLA Coralee Oakes – image courtesy Gov’t of B.C.

Quesnel, B.C.- Terry and Paul Nichols,  the folks  behind the Communities for Veterans Foundation ,  and operators of an equine therapy  program for  veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,  have been  awarded the B.C. Medal for Good Citizenship.
The medal  ( shown  in image at right) recognizes  those,  who have made  outstanding  contributions to their communities without expectation of  remuneration or reward.

At their  farm  in Kersley, the Nichols  work to help returning veterans overcome operational stress injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) incurred from military deployments.

Paul Nichols is a  veteran, having served  on a peace keeping mission   in Sarajevo,  and  learned  veterans sharing their stories can be a powerful  healing tool.

Terry Nichols,  a therapeutic riding instructor, used horses for her own rehabilitation after a traumatic injury left her wheelchair bound for many months. Together they know first-hand the healing power of horses. Knowing that thousands of soldiers return from combat zones with physical and mental injuries, they began to see a vision to bring awareness to the difficulties facing returning soldiers as they re-enter our communities.

The program they offer  at their  farm gives veterans from across Canada tools to deal with PTSD and helps to build stronger relationships and families.



Horses DO heal, as do dogs, in my life experience.
Thankyou both for the wonderful program you offer to those incredible people who serve both in Canada and abroad.

Now this is an awesome endeavour and my hats and heart is appreciative of the fact of what they have done. I have a few friends who have been recognized as having PTSD and they have benefited. Matter of fact I am assisting a friend who is walking to Victoria in light of the 22 sucides a year for PTSD victims to bring this to the storefront! Well done folks!!

This is such a positive story! I wish Paul & Terry all the best with this endeavor. A much needed service for many people.

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