NorthWest veteran supports a fellow veteran in his quest to ride across Canada

Dan Sedge of NorthWest, Property Manager of the Fredericton Medical Centre, and a veteran himself hosted Paul Nichols, a 46 year-old Canadian veteran, in his quest to ride across Canada on horseback. NorthWest is proud of Dan for helping Paul to remind Canadians to remember their Veterans and appreciate their struggles.

As a veteran trying to reintegrate into civilian life, Paul was never recognized as veteran. He retreated from the community and became depressed, unable to diagnose his problem. His only respite was with his beloved horse, Zoe and his fly fishing rod. He’d pack his fishing gear and saddle up Zoe and spend countless hours working out his issues. Together they faced many days and nights struggling with the memories and that often made it hard to go home. Even after dark, Zoe always found a path to get Paul home safely.

Years later, Paul made a breakthrough. He and his wife met a lady in Vancouver who was a proud supporter of Canadian veterans. She encouraged the pair to help other vets struggling with the same issues. Soon thereafter, Paul began his journey. Paul invited veterans and serving members to ride with him and remember as he passed through their community on his 211-day relay ride across Canada. Paul’s wife, Terry, a riding instructor, gave riding lessons so even non-riders could participate.

Paul’s goal was to change the face of Canadian veterans by re-introducing them to their own country, one community at a time.

Congratulations to Paul, his family and to Dan for being part of this important journey.