Communities for Veterans cross-country ride arrives in Ontario on our National Peacekeeping Day


Paul Nichols who saddled up to bring attention to veterans' issues across Canada.

Former soldier, Paul Nichols, saddled up to bring attention to veterans’ issues across Canada.

The 29th Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, welcomed Canadian veteran Paul Nichols at the Aurora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, today–Aug. 9, 2015–in this special National Peacekeeping Day event. Paul is making a cross-country ride on horseback to draw attention to the inadequate care of our veterans.

With his wife and daughter by his side, he welcomes other veterans to join him and his family on their coast-to-coast

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowesdell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, talks to veteran Paul Nichols about the stories he has gathered from other veterans across Canada and the initiatives she hopes to sponsor for Ontario's veterans.

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowesdell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, talks to veteran Paul Nichols about the stories he has gathered from other veterans across Canada and the initiatives she hopes to sponsor for Ontario’s veterans.

ride to educate the public as well as to provide all veterans with an opportunity to share their experiences trying to re-adjust to home life. By helping everyone bridge the gap in recognizing the ever increasing physical and mental health needs of veterans–from inter-provincial governments to the federal government, to the public in general and to other veterans feeling unheard and unappreciated–this ride that began in Victoria, B.C., in April to reach the East Coast in November is recorded on the “Communities for Veterans” web site.

Bonnie Toews with Paul Nichols inside the Aurora Legion Hall.

Bonnie Toews with Paul Nichols inside the Aurora Legion Hall. Paul’s wife, who is also riding across Canada on horseback with him, stands just behind him.

The Aurora branch of the Royal Canadian Legion welcomed the riders on this National Peacekeeping Day to help them spread their message and to draw the public together to show them its thanks for their service to Canada.

Ontario’s Hon. Lieutenant Governor thanked all veterans for their service in her personal recognition of Paul Nichols’ crusade to make sure no veteran is ever forgotten or unappreciated again.

On Homecoming Vets we would also like to thank you, Paul and your family, for going the extra distance to bring public attention to what our service people endure on duty for Canada.

To learn more about the cross-Canada ride or to donate funds toward helping existing veteran-support groups, visit communitiesforveterans.com, send an email  to cyf-events@mmgrp.ca or call 250-668-3338.

SEE ALSO: Former soldier aims to change how society views veterans with cross-Canada ride http://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/5787198-former-soldier-aims-to-change-how-society-views-veterans-with-cross-canada-ride/
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