Paying it Forward to Nova Scotia Veterans
Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS) launched the season of giving by supporting two important initiatives for veterans: Paws Fur Thought and The Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command’s Benevolent Fund.
On Monday, December 1, CNS was host to a rather “furry” guest, Thai the service dog, who brought along her owner, Medric Cousineau, founder of Paws Fur Thought. Thai has been professionally trained to help Medric deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the two years they’ve been together, Thai has had a transformative impact on his life, so much so that Medric knew he had to share it with others.
“I started Paws Fur Thought to raise awareness about PTSD and help pair other veterans with service dogs,” says Cousineau, retired Air Force Captain. Specially-trained service dogs assist their owners with symptoms such as depression, night terrors, panic attacks, addictions, and anxiety.
“The intensive training can cost between $3,500$10,000 per dog, so that’s why we’re here – to help provide the funds,” explains Medric.
CNS wanted to help, too, so CNS Veterans’ Support Committee Chair, Dr. Heather Mackinnon, and CNS CEO, Bruce Belliveau, presented a donation to Medric that will assist Paws Fur Thought reach their goal of providing 50 service therapy dogs for 50 veterans living with PTSD.
The second initiative CNS supported was the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command’s Benevolent Fund. CNS’ donation provided assistance to veterans in need over the holidays.
The NS/Nunavut Command is also a partner of Paws Fur Thought. “There are a lot of positive connections and alliances represented,” announced Ron Trowsdale, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “We are exponentially more effective when we work together,” he proclaimed.