LETS HEAL TOGETHER, AND HELP BREAK THE CHAINS OF SILENCE / PTSD

This is the first time in Breaking the Chains BC history where we finally have a team of professional editors, producers on board to have created this amazing first step in our future documentary.

this video speaks for itself in many ways – Thank you for your time and helping us Share this next event .

( MLA) Shane Simpson, invites Terrance Joseph Kosikar to his office at the Legislature

** BREAKING NEWS **
A Member of the Legislative Assembly, ( MLA) Shane Simpson, was photographed shaking hands and hugging Terrance Joseph Kosikar this past weekend in English Bay.

shane1-2    shane5-2
Reports have it that, Mr.Simpson, came down to English Bay this past weekend to Thank Mr.Kosikar and his Breaking the Chains BC team of warriors from Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society for their hard work in helping raise awareness to ‪#‎PTSD‬, and informing the public about Bill M203, ” Presumption of Illness”.

shane2-2
Collectively, Kosikars team of WARRIORS hit the battlefield hard for 2 full days straight, and together, they helped get 980 more signatures for their petition.
These 2 men, clearly from different battlefields, came together as true soldiers would when standing up strong for something they feel and know in their hearts must change.

shane6

Unknown sources report that, they were seen walking and talking for nearly an hour along the sea wall, as the beautiful sun shined on the entire team as they flipped forward to meet, greet and inform as many of the public who stopped to ask about “PTSD” and what this Presumption of Illness petition was all about.

shane3 crop
Kosikar was asked in a earlier interview with anonymous members of the press, “What was the best part of that day?”
Kosikar replies with a smile and says, “I’ve never met a politician before, (in fact I’m glad my computer has spell check on it, cause I can’t even spell that word let alone say it properly)”.

shane7
Over all the years, after loosing his family, his friends, his life, his soul to the devil and all the countless days, weeks, months of wishing his mind was strong enough over the years to actually become a Fire Chief or even a Captain , or , just someone special enough to actually get to meet one of these politicians, to one day get the opportunity to team up with them to try and make changes that are vital and deserving to all humans who live with #ptsd or suffer from Mental Health or brain injuries.
shane4-2

Kosikars adds, “the BEST, most precious moment over the last 6 long groulling years of living is complete darkness, just happened today when,
He received a personal email from MLA Shane Simpson’s secretary inviting him to meet Mr.Simpson in his office at the Legislature Building tomorrow afternoon.

actual email –

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 1.33.56 AM

WATCH VIDEO NOW

F I R S T S T E P H O P E
Next Stop – over to the island , Victoria BC here we go , and this time Kosikar claims , he’ll leave his Tire and Chains in the mountains and leave the grass alone.

BEYOND THE CALL - Vancouver Police helping us raise awareness to PTSD

Today, 3 very special Vancouver Police Officers helped us flip our tire a few more KMs to help raise awareness to PTSD, and inform the public of our petition they can help sign that will give all British Columbian First Responders the help they need upon asking for it.

Instead of the years and YEARS of suffering from denial after denial from WCB.

Just last week , 2 more Police Officers ended their lives with their own service revolver.

see petition on home page –

heres your vid

PTSD and Suicide

Not every call ends when the paperwork is filed. PTSD is far more rampant in law enforcement than anyone is really willing to discuss.

PTSD statistics for law enforcement officers are hard to obtain, but range from 4-14%. The discrepancy in this range may be due to underreporting. Living through a traumatic event is hard enough for an officer, admitting that you are having problems related to that event is even harder. There are an estimated 150,000 officers who have symptoms of PTSD. Actually, recent research indicates that 1/3 of active-duty and retired officers suffer from post-traumatic stress; but most don’t even realize it. Law enforcement officers are also at a much higher rate of developing a cumulative form of PTSD related to their exposure to multiple traumatic events. For every police suicide, almost 1,000 officers continue to work while suffering the painful symptoms of PTSD.

Suicide Warning Signs

The officer is talking about suicide or death, and even glorifying death.
Officer is giving direct verbal cues such as “I wish I were dead” and “I am going to end it all.”
Officer is giving less direct verbal cues, such as “What’s the point of living?”, “Soon you won’t have to worry about me,” and “Who cares if I’m dead, anyway?”
The officer is self-isolating from friends and family.
The officer is expressing the belief that life is meaningless or hopeless.
The officer starts giving away cherished possessions.
The officer is exhibiting a sudden and unexplained improvement in mood after being depressed or withdrawn.
The officer is neglecting his/her appearance and hygiene.
The officer is annoyed that they are going to do something that will ruin his/her career, but that they don’t care.
Officer openly discusses that he/she feels out of control.
The officer displays behavior changes that include appearing hostile, blaming, argumentative, and insubordinate or they appear passive, defeated, and hopeless.
The officer develops a morbid interest in suicide or homicide.
The officer indicates that he/she is overwhelmed and cannot find solutions to his/her problems.
The officer asks another officer to keep his/her weapon.
The officer is acting out of character by inappropriately using or displaying his/her weapon unnecessarily.
The officer exhibits reckless behavior by taking unnecessary risks on the job and/or in his/her personal lives. The officer acts like he/she has a death wish.
The officer carries weapons in a reckless, unsafe manner.
The officer exhibits deteriorating job performance.
The officer has recent issues with alcohol and/or drugs.

Act Now

It is important for law enforcement leaders to identify these warning signs to establish a profile of potential at-risk officers and proactively intervene by providing mental health resources and departmental support. If you, as an officer, have noticed one or more of the above behaviors in a colleague, do something now. Ask the officer what is going on in his/her life. Ask if they are okay and how he/she is handling a current stressor. Ask them if they feel depressed, and ask them about suicidal thoughts. Help them get the help they need before they take a life – their own. If they won’t seek help on their own go to a trusted supervisor with your concerns. Yes, this is one situation where you may have to break the code of silence. If something is still not being done, go to someone else: the chaplain, your union representative, the department clinician. You are willing to go to any lengths for an officer who needs assistance on a call; you are willing to risk your life for him at every scene. Do something today to prevent the loss of an officer by his or her own hands.

If you are an officer who is hurting and contemplating suicide, reach out now. There are many people who really do care about you, who really do want to help you, who don’t want to attend your funeral. Seeking help is a sign of strength not of weakness. It is the first step in reestablishing control in your life. Always remember when there is life there is hope.

Respectfully –

Terrance Joseph Kosikar

CTV NEWS / PTSD AWARENESS - Addiction, and Alcohol Recovery - Together We Can

Watch now – todays CTV news coverage live in English Bay, raising awareness to PTSD / Presumption of Illness petition.

click here

Terrance Joseph Kosikars heart rate went up, anxiety levels kicked in full throttle, just before speaking to over 40 men, at the Together We Can Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society yesterday morning.
Kosikar says, “He was so nervous and stressed out due to his insecurities of speaking to more than 4 people at one time.
He felt maybe the people that were listening would get up and walk out of the room, as he knows most of his life people laugh at him behind his back and always says he talks to much.
He sat in a small room, lights off, doing a few breathing exercises to bring his heart rate and mind to a slowed pace, before looking up to his higher power for the strength and confidence to get up and try and inspire and motivate over 40 TRUE WARRIORS who were living in a recovery house taking the proper 1st steps to get there life back on track.
As the room filled , one after another , each man took his seat.
Kosikar says, ” the room just kept filling up, one man after the next, as each warrior took his seat.With each one that sat , Kosikar smiled and knew that his 30 years of suffering was all training JUST FOR THIS MOMENT.
This is his destiny.
As he stood up and introduced himself, Kosikar started making excuses in his mind as to how quik he could get this over with.
7 minutes ?
maybe 10 minutes max before the first man gets up and walks out.
“Hey guys, my Friends call me Terrance, and I AM PROUD TO BE A ADDICT”
Kosikar happily reports that, these true warriors of Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society, made him feel so comfortable, so welcomed , so appreciated, that he ended up speaking for 57 minutes.
Kosikar says, ” I’m just a farmer, planting seeds of hope and inspiration.
At the end of his talk, he asked these men to please join him in English Bay the following day to help support him, and help those who are suffering in silence and show those who may be living with mental health conditions, addictions or maybe abusing alcohol, ( all signs and symptoms of PTSD , that they are NOT ALONE.
11 am today, bus load, after bus load, had dropped off over 40 of the strongest warriors from TWC, who are in their early stages of recovery , all came out wearing TWC shirts to support Terrance Joseph Kosikar, and help him flip his tire , and enjoy living in the moment, one step, one flip, one day at a time and help bring more awareness to PTSD and try and help inspire and motive those who maybe be looking for help themselves.
Kosikar, sits in his hotel room now, with many happy tears rolling down his face and he feels he has made a few new Brothers/ Friends in his life.
This is by far, Kosikars most precious , happiest , most memorable moment since coming down off the Lions Gate bridge last year from his last attempted suicide.
If you or anyone you know may feel you need someone to talk with , please reach out and call Together We Can – 604- 451- 9854
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
“TOGETHER WE CAN , Break the Chains of Silence”

My name is Terrance, I AM an ADDICT

This Thursday, Kosikar will be checking back into the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centre at TWC.

On the weekend, Kosikar admits he picked up the phone and reached out to the Executive Director, Stacy Wilson of the Together We Can Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Recovery Centre downtown Vancouver and asked to come back to the Treatment Centre .

“BUT NOT AS A CLIENT this time”, says Kosikar.
Charity_0003

Mr.Wilson, has offered Terrance a bed to sleep in at the centre this Thursday night, as the following morning at 10:30 am, Kosikar will be speaking to over 60 men (clients) who are in the same shoes Kosikar has worn for nearly 30 years while trying to survive with PTSD/ ADDICTION.

Kosikar hopes that he can provide some inspiration to the men at TWC and will be sharing his personal story and asking them to join him that weekend to help flip his tire along the beach in English Bay , and continue around the sea wall starting at 11 am Saturday July 23rd to help bring awareness to PTSD / ADDICTION / Mental Health.

By raising awareness to PTSD, and the symptoms – stress, depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, drug and alcohol abuse, he hopes to give a voice to those who may be suffering in silence right now, and show them that THEY ARE NOT ALONE and what they are living with is OK, and help is on the way.

Here’s the best news ..

Kosikar has been offered his own LIVE RADIO spot on www.RenagadeRadio.com where he will be going live to air, World Wide -1 hour per week via Skype ( live video access)

Kosikar will host his first LIVE TO AIR – video broadcast from the Together We Can Treatment Centre on Friday morning at 10:30 am.

He will also be doing live video feeds during their Breaking the Chains BC event all weekend in English Bay Vancouver, so stay tuned this week for links to our live feeds.

Not to worry if you miss us live, everything is recorded so you can watch or listen in anytime.

Mr. Kosikar suggests, if you know someone who maybe suffering , or needs someone to talk to that may not feel comfortable reaching out in person, or walking into a doctor’s office, or even maybe living with PTSD symptoms from work, school or home, he is here to listen and talk with during his LIVE VIDEO broadcasts.

He welcomes anybody to call in and reach out.

Kosikar does not have a certificate on his wall or even a office to work out of, but knows how important it is to just have someone to reach out and talk with or just be listened to.

Kosikar says, ”We have walked in the same shoes my friend, for many moons, and together we will continue safely through this journey to happiness, peace, and freedom and together we may learn more of ones SELF, and be more present and mindful of the NOW.”

This is all volunteer based and hopes that this will encourage other tv, radio or internet sites to follow suit and open their doors and hearts to those in need, as there are so many voices, real people, real souls that just want to reach out, but not many places to reach out to.

“TOGETHER WE CAN BREAK THE CHAINS OF SILENCE.”

 

Thank you for sharing .

 

 

Proudly supported by –http://breakingthechainsbc.com/en_US/sponsors/

PRESS RELEASE - PTSD AWARENESS - FIRST STEP HOPE

JULY 23 – 24th (11 am start)  ENGLISH BAY –  FIRST STEP HOPE

FORMER BC FIRST RESPONDER RAISING AWARENESS TO PTSD by flipping a 400 pound tractor tire several kilometres while shackled in over 50 pounds of solid steel chain.

On July 23rd- 24th,Terrance Joseph Kosikar will be flipping his tire in English Bay and around the sea wall ( Stanley Park) for another few kilometres to raise awareness to PTSD.
2

By raising awareness about this debilitating mental illness, his hope is to help First Responders suffering from PTSD get the support and treatment they need.

Tire Flipping Map

Feb 12, 2016
Kosikar flipped a 400 pound tractor tire 30 kilometres in 30 days through the Cayoosh Mountains of BC wearing 52 pounds of solid steel chain. The symbolism is clear and poignant. The chains of PTSD are invisible but no less constraining and burdensome than steel – and the dead weight of public and bureaucratic misunderstanding and indifference as awkward and unwieldy to move forward as a huge tractor tire.

Upon completing his 30 day journey, he flew to Germany to work closely with the Bad Homburg Fire dept, Police Dept and Paramedics. Germany has no record of any First Responders ending their lives as a result of living with PTSD. In Canada in the last 2 years over 100 First Responders who had been diagnosed with PTSD have died by suicide. Kosikar wanted to know why the statistics are so startlingly different.

While in Germany, he took his tire and chains to a Harley Davidson Magic Bike week motorcycle rally in Ruedesheim and raised awareness to PTSD to over 20 000 bikers and members of NATO / First Responders
Newpaper Germany BLACKUpon arriving back in Canada on July 1st Canada Day , Kosikar took his tire over to the Legislature Building in Victoria BC to inform the public how WCB does not recognize PTSD as a workplace injury and ask them help by signing a petition “Presumption of Illness”. With the help of Victoria Buzz article on this event, so far there are 2400 signatures on the petition in the last 2 weeks.

Petition – https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/bring-presumption-of-illness-for-ptsd-in-public-safety-workers-in-british-columbia

February 12, 2016 marked the 6 year anniversary of the death of Nodar Kumaritshvilli. the Luge athlete killed just before opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Kosikar was the First Responder to that fatal accident . Although he was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, he was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, he developed PTSD that launched him into a very costly downward spiral. During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, he lost his family, career, and nearly his life.

Your coverage of this event will help raise crucial awareness to PTSD in First Responders, and help Break the Chains of Silence.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

        

For further information, please visit:
Website – http://breakingthechainsbc.com/en_US/
Email – terrance@campmyway.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tico.griffin
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BreakingTCBC
Sponsors – http://breakingthechainsbc.com/en_US/sponsors/

MEDIA LINKS:

CTV NEWS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCs-dE4BjSw

Victoria Buzz News – http://victoriabuzz.com/2016/07/man-chains-flipping-tire-legislature-canada-day/

Petition – https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/bring-presumption-of-illness-for-ptsd-in-public-safety-workers-in-british-columbia

GET NAKED

GET NAKED

Now, go stand in front of a mirror,
Look at yourself …
Stare at yourself…
Not just a glimpse, actually STARE AT YOURSELF,
look down at your toes…wiggle them,
bend your knees,
thrust your pelvis,
make yourself laugh,
tighten your stomach,
no need to judge, size doesn’t matter, stay positive

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU SEE ?

IMG_8114 (2)

Now, get a little closer to the mirror,
SMILE…not a selfie smile, but a REAL SMILE.
Be PROUD of what you see,

Look into your eyes,
what colour are they ?
Ok now, try actually staring into your pupils.
DEEEEP INTO YOUR SOUL.

SMILE, now ask your soul outloud – “WHO ARE YOU” ?
answer – outlloud – “ I AM xxxxxxxx “

SMILE, now ask your soul outloud – “WHAT DO YOU LOVE” ?
answer outloud – “ I LOVE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx “

SMILE and ask your soul outloud – WHAT DO YOU DREAM OF”?
answer outloud – “ I DREAM OF xxxxxxxxxxx”

SMILE and ask your soul outloud -“ WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY”?
answer outloud – “ I AM GRATEFUL FOR xxxxxxx”.

SMILE and ask your soul “WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY”?
answer outloud – “ I APPRECIATE xxxxxxxxxxx”.

F O R G I V E Y O U R S E L F

,,, still looking into your pupils, deep into your own soul,

FORGIVE YOURSELF for something you may have done, unconsciously that may have upset or hurt someone in your life.
outloud – “I FORGIVE MYSELF FOR xxxxxxxxxx”

Now, FORGIVE someone YOU THINK MAY HAVE done you wrong.
answer outloud “ I FORGIVE xxxxxxxxxx”

Now, try closing your eyes and say out loud

“I AM xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” e.g. . strong, determined,beautiful, happy, proud, grateful
again
“I AM xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” e.g. worthy of being loved, safe physically and spiritually.
one last time
“I AM xxxxxxxxxxxxxx” e.g. . forgiving, and have respect for mother nature,

Before you put on a black robe today, and unconsciously decide to start judging others ,

Look at yourself in the mirror ,

WHO are YOU ?

WHY are YOU ?

WHAT are YOU ?

That’s all that should matter is YOU.

We are all individuals,
We are only human,
NO 2 people are the same,
We all have our own reasons,
our own goals,
our own dreams,
our own demons, and skeletons in the closet.
our own passions, and desires.

No need to worry about HIM ..or HER ..or even ME

BEGIN each day , starting to get to :
KNOW YOURSELF,
so you can live …
BEING YOURSELF,
having,
RESPECT FOR YOURSELF,

and now you will enjoy this beautiful gift of life,

LOVING YOURSELF

Try this excersise for 10 minutes every morning.

If you can spend 8 hours at work everyday , and 8 hours sleeping everyday , you can spend 10 minutes getting to KNOW YOURSELF more everyday.

Share to Care , and make more SELF AWARE !

MENTAL HEALTH – ptsd toolbox tip of the day brought to you by :
Camp My Way / Breaking the Chains BC / Terrance Joseph Kosikar

The Man Fighting for PTSD - how it happened - Independent Sports News

Thank you Scott Harrigan , and the beautiful people of Canada , and a strong warm hug to all Canadian Emergency First Responders.

http://www.independentsportsnews.com/vancouver-island/the-man-fighting-for-ptsd-how-it-happened

IMG_8435

Breaking the Chains BC sends a SPECIAL, WARM, THANK-YOU HUG, to the 1000’s of First Responders, and the 1000’s of Canadians who helped sign, support, and share our petition on Canada Day at the Legislature Building in Victoria on July 1st.
How it all went down ?
CHOP-GLUB- CHOP-CHOP-GLUB , the deafening sound of Harley Davidsons came thundering into the Valet at the Coast Hotel Harbourside Marina.
Im sure the beautiful front desk woman ( Leslie ) had her suspicions as to who the heck just came rolling into her lobby dressed in leathers accompanied by some pretty rad friends, US Soldiers and a man named Shannon Pennington , executive Director of North American Fire Fighter Veteran Network.
Leslie plays a massive roll in the success of this entire mission to Victoria …read till the end.
We soon filled the lobby, with bikers, soldiers,super models, fatigues and to ice the cake, a bus full of German tourists all taken pictures and laughing and trading stories. GREAT START.
Next morning, I’m down in the hottubb doing a nice quiet meditation, when I was finished, I had opened my eyes to a man sitting there quietly. with his kids.
Within 20 minutes, we were both in tears hugging as I learned he had gave 1 leg to Afghanistan, and his soul to ‪#‎ptsd‬.
We spoke for another few hours and after getting our old wrinkly asses outta the tub, we swore we would meet again, potentially at Camp My Way Adventure – BC this summer.
Our team met in the parking lot, at around noon that day, as according to our text messages, we had many many people that came to support us waiting at the Legislature Building.
Shackled up, we rolled the tire towards the building, and not even 3 seconds into arriving, we were greeted by the Firefighters from Victoria Fire Rescue. ( see pics in video ) Prrrrrfect way to start the event. Thank-You Vic Fire Rescue for your support and to David Malysheff of CBC news for introducing yourself to us.
We continued on, and truthfully, couldn’t even begin to try and flip that tire through the massive crowds of so many 1000’s of Canadians all dressed in red, flags,waiving faces painted, smiles and curiosity from all.
There was no need to even flip the tire, as every 2 feet we rolled it, we had a crowd of so many people talking and listening and signing our petition in complete awe that WCB does NOT give our First Responders any sort of help upon filing for #PTSD.And how we are made to spend years trying to prove that our PTSD was a ” workplace” injury.
( only 4 % of all claims are even accepted, and the amount of help that one gets is still yet to be seen or proven to be affective )
I personally have 100’s of emails from 100’s of Canadian First responders who are still suffering and battling with WCB.
We have some members on our team from BC Ambulance and the RCMP that have been battling with WCB since 2006 . unacceptable
Now one of the highlights in our day was not only getting to shake hands with many BC First Responders who heard we were going to be their, all happily singing our petition,but we also met a man named Colin Smith, a photographer with Victoria Buzz.

Long story short, as you can see in our last 2 posts, Colin hooked us up with the editor of @victoriabuzz, Mike Kelly, and they ran our story in their news feed, that within 24 hours had generated over 70 000 views, 526 shares and 2100 signitures from their Facebook page and over 20 000 views from their news feed…HUGE SUCCESS.
Now , the best part of the story , upon checking out, Leslie had a extra special smile in her eyes.She had informed me that she had looked upwww.breakingthechainsbc.com the night we first met, and was so blown away with our program that she shared it with her husband Jonathan, a 27 yr high ranking member of the Victoria Police Dept.
Super long story short, Jonathan just so happens to not only have build the First Responder memorials at the Legislature building, but also happens to be very close friends with the Hon. Linda Reid , Speaker of the House”
I have exchanged many emails back n forth with Jonathan and he has not only personally sent our petition and program out to EVERY Police Dept in Britsh Columbia , but also has been in contact with the Hon. Linda Reid , who is taken this matter very serious and I am unable to say anymore for now, other than …CHANGES ARE ABOUT TO BE MADE
Now, you DO NOT think a Lion could do all this work himself do you?
Impossible, , , if it weren’t for all the help from our trusting, compassionate, Breaking the Chains BC team none of this would be possible.
I want to especially Thank my dearest Friend Ralf Slossarek and our webmaster / longtime Friend Tom Stewart for all your hard work everyday to get us where we are today.
If you go to http://breakingthechainsbc.com/en_US/sponsors/ you can also see all the people who have helped support and carry our weight to get us to this stage in the game .
I am only 1 % of this entire project, and without our team, sponsors, support and love from all …none of this would be possible.
** NEXT EVENT **
Come down and join us on Saturday July 23rd and July 24th , we will be flipping our tires shackled in Chains in English Bay , and around the Stanley Park Sea wall to bring more awareness to PTSD and to also hold a GEAR RAISER for www.campmyway.com
2 min promo –

We will also be going Live to Air on Renegade Radio ( Charlie B Renagade) during this event to bring more awareness to the symptoms of #PTSD , addiction, stress, anxiety, suicide, depression, guilt, shame.
WE LOOK FORWARD to meeting you in person on July 23 or 24th in English Bay , or somewhere around the Stanley Park Sea Wall .
Hugs to all !!

 

HUGE SUCCESS Canada

**HUGE SUCCESS CANADA**
Breaking the Chains BC sends a SPECIAL, WARM, THANK-YOU HUG, to the 1000’s of First Responders, and the 1000’s of Canadians who helped sign, support, and share our petition on Canada Day at the Legislature Building in Victoria on July 1st.

watch video here :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJMHRsLvh5o

join us on Facebook –
Terrance Joseph Kosikar

How it all went down ?
CHOP-GLUB- CHOP-CHOP-GLUB , the deafening sound of Harley Davidsons came thundering into the Valet at the Coast Hotel Harbourside Marina.

I’m sure the beautiful front desk woman (Leslie) had her suspicions as to who the heck just came rolling into her lobby dressed in leathers accompanied by some pretty rad friends, US Soldiers and a man named Shannon Pennington, executive Director of North American Fire Fighter Veteran Network. Leslie plays a massive roll in the success of this entire mission to Victoria …read till the end.

We soon filled the lobby, with bikers, soldiers, super models, fatigues and to ice the cake, a bus full of German tourists all taking pictures and laughing and trading stories. GREAT START.

Next morning, I’m down in the hottub doing a nice quiet meditation, when I was finished, I had opened my eyes to a man sitting there quietly with his kids.
Within 20 minutes, we were both in tears hugging as I learned he had gave 1 leg to Afghanistan, and his soul to ‪#‎ptsd‬. We spoke for another few hours and after getting our old wrinkly asses outta the tub, we swore we would meet again, potentially at Camp My Way Adventure – BC this summer.
Our team met in the parking lot, at around noon that day, as according to our text messages, we had many many people that came to support us waiting at the Legislature Building.

Shackled up, we rolled the tire towards the building, and not even 3 seconds into arriving, we were greeted by the Firefighters from Victoria Fire Rescue. (see pics in video ) Prrrrrfect way to start the event. Thank You Vic Fire Rescue for your support and to David Malysheff of CBC news for introducing yourself to us.

We continued on, and truthfully, couldn’t even begin to try and flip that tire through the massive crowds of so many 1000’s of Canadians all dressed in red, flags waving, faces painted, smiles and curiosity from all.

There was no need to even flip the tire, as every 2 feet we rolled it, we had a crowd of so many people talking and listening and signing our petition in complete awe that WCB does NOT give our First Responders any sort of help upon filing for #PTSD. And how we are made to spend years trying to prove that our PTSD was a “workplace” injury. (only 4 % of all claims are even accepted, and the amount of help that one gets is still yet to be seen or proven to be effective)

I personally have 100’s of emails from 100’s of Canadian First responders who are still suffering and battling with WCB. We have some members on our team from BC Ambulance and the RCMP that have been battling with WCB since 2006. Unacceptable

Now one of the highlights in our day was to only getting to shake hands with many BC First Responders who heard we were going to be there, all happily signing our petition. We also met a man named Colin Smith, a photographer with Victoria Buzz.
Long story short, as you can see in our last 2 posts, Colin hooked me up with the editor of VicBuzz, Mike Kelly, and they ran our story in their new feed, that within 24 hours had generated over 70 000 views, 526 shares and 2100 signitues from their Facebook page and over 20 000 views fro their news feed…HUGE SUCCESS.

Now, the best part of the story, upon checking out, Leslie had an extra special smile in her eyes.She had informed me that she had looked up www.breakingthechainsbc.com the night we first met, and was so blown away with our program that she shared it with her husband Jonathan, a 27 yr high ranking member of the Victoria Police Dept.

Super long story short, Jonathan just so happens to not only have build the First Responder memorials at the Legislature building, but also happens to be very close friends with the Hon. Linda Reid , Speaker of the House”.

I have exchanged many emails back n forth with Jonathan and he has not only personally sent our petition and program out to EVERY Police Dept in British Columbia , but also has been in contact with the Hon. Linda Reid, who has taken this matter very seriously… and I am unable to say any more for now, other than …CHANGES ARE ABOUT TO BE MADE P E R I O D !

Now, you DO NOT think a Lion could do all this work himself do you?
Impossible, , , if it weren’t for all the help from my trusting, compassionate, Breaking the Chains BC team none of this would be possible.

I want to especially thank my dearest Friend Ralf Slossarek and our webmaster / longtime Friend Tom Stewart for all your hard work everyday to get us where we are today.

If you go to http://breakingthechainsbc.com/en_US/sponsors/ you can also see all the people who have helped support and carry our weight to get us to this stage in the game .

I am only 1 % of this entire project, and without my team, sponsors, support and love from all …none of this would be possible.

** NEXT EVENT **
Come down and join us on Saturday July 23rd and July 24th , we will be flipping our tires shackled in Chains in English Bay , and around the Stanley Park Sea wall to bring more awareness to PTSD and also hold a fundraiser for Camp My Way this summer.

2 min promo –

We will also be going Live to Air on Renegade Radio (Charlie B Renagade) during this event to bring more awareness to the symptoms of #PTSD, addiction, stress, anxiety, suicide, depression, guilt, shame.

See you on July 23-24th weekend!

Peter the PTSD Awareness Penguin
PTSD Saskatoon
Light On PTSD
PTSD Support And Recovery
Veteran with PTSD/Vétéran avec SSPT
PTSD
Walk for PTSD
PTSD Break The Silence
BC RCMP
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division
Rcmp
RCMP Watch
The RCMP
National Police Federation
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta
FirefighterNation.com and FireRescue Magazine
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services
Paramedics on Facebook
EMS1
Paramedic
EMT/Paramedic
Ambulance Paramedics Of BC
Paramédicostv
Paramedic World
CBC Vancouver
CBC Sports
CTV Vancouver
CTV News
CTV Morning Live Vancouver
CTV Calgary
Global News
Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada
Proud to Serve Canada
Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel
Scandinave Spa Whistler
Nesters Market & Pharmacy – Whistler
Escape Route
Ergogenics
PIAA
Mainhattan Choppers
Biker Ladies Mainhatten Summer Party 2016
Harley-Factory Frankfurt
Friends with Harley Davidsons
Harley-Davidson Museum
Barnes Harley-Davidson Langley
Harley-Davidson
Whistler ATV Ltd.
Kayla Arnold
Island Sports News
Kal Tire
Lordco Auto Parts-Whistler
Wayne Roberts
Joern Rohde Photography
Maestro Media House
Kate Miller
Smoke Shack 99
Whistler Summer 2016
‪#‎support‬
#ptsd
Stacy Wilson Twc
Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society
Last Door Recovery Society
Don MacGillivray
Canadian Ski Patrol – Patrouille canadienne de ski
EMS, Fire, Police, 911 Dispatch
CCE Central Dispatch 911
CACorrections
CorrectionsOne
Airforce
Canadian Veterans Military Club
Military
Military with PTSD
Military Memes
Support Military Muscle
Wounded Warriors Canada
Canadians Who Support Veterans
Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce
Facebook navi (フェイスブックナビ)
Riders & Cruisers Alberta “Raising funds for Homeless and at risk Veterans”
Veterans Canada
CDN VET MC
VAC Veterans Accountability Commission