Pay­ing it For­ward to Nova Sco­tia Vet­er­ans

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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.

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