Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada (PHWFFC or Project Healing Waters Canada), serves military personnel who have been wounded, injured or disabled, by aiding their physical and emotional recovery through fly fishing and fly tying. Skills are introduced to the novice fisherman or rebuilt through fishing outings and other activities that can ultimately lead to enjoyment of a lifelong recreation.
Because the work with clients is done on an outpatient basis, the program will use existing clubs, organizations and individuals in areas that have veterans who need what is offered through our programs.
While emphasis will be put on providing these activities to existing and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada also welcomes participants from other organizations such as the RCMP, other Canadian Police Members, EMS personnel and brain trauma victims. These individuals or groups should be directed to us by appropriate professional parties (Doctors, Counselors).
The Project’s program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying classes and clinics for the wounded and injured personnel. These activities accommodate a range from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All activities and services are provided to the participants at no cost. Fly fishing and tying equipment and materials are provided to the participants, including equipment that accommodates their special needs as we are able to provide it.
The Project’s training and educational activities are designed to ignite or rekindle the participants’ appreciation and enthusiasm for a wide variety of fly fishing outings. While most of these fishing trips are conducted within a half-day’s travel from a hospital, the Project actively seeks opportunities to offer outings in quality fishing sites across the country.
The trips, near and far, are provided at no cost to the participants. The Project relies on individual volunteers, and independent fly fishing clubs to conduct the program at locations best suited to the outpatients and the supporting clubs. The volunteer staff and outings leaders include professional educators and fishing guides as well as experienced fly fishers, all of whom donate their time and knowledge to support the Project participants. Other volunteers help meet the educational, equipment, outings, training, and transportation needs.
All Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing activities are dependent on tax deductable financial donations under the provisions of The Canadian Income Tax Act.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada, Inc. strives primarily to effectively serve the deserving past and present members of those covered by the Canadian Department of Veterans affairs who have made great sacrifices in the service of our Country.
We work closely with public and private support groups (civilian), and Soldier-On, a function of the Canadian military. We invite you to help us serve those who serve us.