Quesnel Area Couple Receive Medal of Good Citizenship
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.