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Prince George man walking for PTSD awareness

Post by Trooper on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 15:04


Prince George’s Robert Gagnon is arriving in Williams Lake from Prince George where he is walking in awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Robert is a Canadian Military Veteran and is currently employed as a corrections officer in Prince George. From Williams Lake, he will continue his journey to his final destination in Victoria.

A Prince George man, Robert Gagnon, is walking to bring awareness to PTSD.


Tue Jul 4th, 2017

A Prince George man, Robert Gagnon, is walking from Prince George to Victoria to bring awareness to PTSD.

Gagnon is a Canadian military veteran and is currently employed as a corrections officer in Prince George.

He started his journey on June 28 and arrived in Quesnel for the city’s Canada Day celebrations.

The proceeds from Gagnon’s walk will be divided in half between the Communities for Veterans Foundation in Quesnel and Honours Ranch in Kamloops.


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Veteran with PTSD overwhelmed with support on awareness walk

Post by Trooper on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 06:20

Video: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1171963

Veteran with PTSD overwhelmed with support on awareness walk


 Darcy Matheson

Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:40PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:43PM PDT


A veteran walking from Prince George to Victoria to raise awareness and cash for post-traumatic stress disorder victims was overwhelmed with love and support as he made his way through Metro Vancouver.

Robert Gagnon is a former Corporal with the Canadian Armed Forces, who served from 1993 to 1995 and 2011 to 2016. He also suffers from PTSD, and now works as a correctional officer in Prince George.

The 44-year-old set off on foot from Prince George on Canada Day, and has been walking 30 kilometres a day every day since. The marathon trek has taken him through towns including Lytton, Boston Bar, Quesnel, Hope, Agassiz, Mission and Maple Ridge, and he has been documenting the journey on his Facebook page.

His Walk to Raise Awareness for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD will end at the B.C. legislature on Friday, where he hopes to speak to the premier and elected officials about the issue. His hope is that support services are increased for those suffering from the disease.

While many walking hours have been spent in solitude in rural areas, Gagnon was joined by dozens of enthusiastic supporters on Canada Way in Burnaby Wednesday as he headed to the office of the BCGEU (BC Government and Service Employees’ Union)

Uniformed members of the Burnaby Fire Department marched by his side, accompanied by the Legion New Westminster Pipe Band and a fire truck leading the way.

"This is awesome – I never expected this," he said. "I'm so overwhelmed by the support I have with my union and the fireme."

Gagnon says his journey has two purposes: to act as a personal healing journey, and to raise awareness and support for veterans and first responders who suffer from the disorder.

In the past two months, he has raised more than $12,000 through an online fundraiser. The money will be split between a veterans' farm in Quesnel, B.C., and the Honour Ranch in Kamloops that works with first responders and vets with PTSD.

"The measure of success will be when the last veteran and first responder doesn't take their lives," Gagnon said.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/veteran-with-ptsd-overwhelmed-with-support-on-awareness-walk-1.3512285




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Through the flames for PTSD: the man who walked through B.C.'s fire zone

Post by Trooper on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 06:35

Through the flames for PTSD: the man who walked through B.C.'s fire zone


'It was a raging inferno,' says Prince George man


CBC News Posted: Jul 20, 2017 9:55 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 20, 2017 9:55 PM PT


On Thursday, military veteran Robert Gagnon was joined by members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union while he marched to raise awareness about PTSD.

Walking through an active forest fire zone in British Columbia's Interior was not part of Robert Gagnon's original trip itinerary, but he soldiered through the flames for his cause.

The 44-year-old Prince George man left his hometown on June 28 with the goal of walking to Victoria to raise money and awareness about veterans and first responders with post traumatic stress disorder.

Gagnon arrived in one of the first wildfire hot spots, in Lac La Hache, just in time to witness the beginning of a provincewide state of emergency that is still in effect two weeks later.

"When I first saw that fire start in Lac La Hache it was just a puff of smoke in the air," Gagnon told Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North.

By the time I got down toward 100 Mile [House] it was a raging inferno."

Escorted through the flames


Gagnon reached 100 Mile House before the town was evacuated and spent the night in a hotel there.

"We could literally see the flames behind the golf course there, I believe it was the Gustafson fire … it was bad," he said.

From there, his route took him south along Highway 97 to Clinton, where the road was closed due to fires, including the devastating Ashcroft Reserve fire that destroyed about 30 homes in Boston Flats.

Gagnon said he considered detouring about 80 kilometres through Lillooet, but once he introduced himself, officials stationed in Clinton agreed to escort him through the danger zone to a safer area south of Ashcroft.

On Thursday, Gagnon was joined by a parade of members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union who walked alongside him on Highway 17 in B.C.'s Lower Mainland enroute to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. But he's been hearing from first responders throughout the walk.

"Their stories are a lot more horrific than what I've been through in my life," said Gagnon.

He plans to be on the early ferry to Schwartz Bay, Friday morning, when he'll begin an estimated five-hour walk to Victoria.

"I'll be up at zero-dark-thirty" he said. "My mission will be complete when I step on the lawn of the legislature."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/through-the-flames-for-ptsd-the-man-who-walked-through-b-c-s-fire-zone-1.4214904

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