I am a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces with almost 42 years of service at the rank of Warrant Officer. My time of service is divided between the Naval Reserve for 9 years and active service as a vehicle technician for 32 years and 11 months. During those years of service, I had the opportunity to serve across Canada from east to west and from south to north as well. I had the chance to serve in Germany with my family, in Israel during 1999/2000, and in Afghanistan during 2007/08. I also did a short stay in Sarajevo in 1993 and Eretria in 2001.
I was about eight years old when I learned how to fly fish. Since then, I have become an avid fly fisher and take every opportunity to wet my line. While in Goose Bay, I taught myself to tie flies. Since then, I have loved tying my own flies.
I was first involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada from 2009 to January 2019. Then with the help of this present executive committee, we founded Heroes Mending on The Fly Canada in February 2019. I am our current National Director.
My name is Danielle Beaulieu and I have been the HMOTF director for the greater Montreal region since 2016. It is thanks to the Club des Moucheurs du Montréal Métropolitain that I started fly fishing in 2000. I loved fishing in the small streams of the region. At that time, I used a 3 weight 6’3” fly rod which I greatly enjoyed fishing with. In 2013, during a visit to the Trois-Rivières fly fishing show, I discovered Tenkara fishing, this discovery changed my fishing style. Tenkara is an ancient Japanese fishing technique and I am now very passionate about this style of fishing.
In 2016, following a TV program, I found out that about Heroes Mending On The Fly, a fly fishing program for servicemen with psychological injuries. I was drawn to volunteer to help in my area. Being a member of a military family myself, I have found it natural to give back to those who have served and who are suffering.
Saskatchewan – Bill Baker
I originally hale from South East Ontario where I was involved with Scouts Canada, as an assistant leader, and the Cold Creek Fly Fishers a conservation/rehabilitation oriented fishing club whose primary goal is to protect and restore the waters of Cold Creek in Orland Ontario, I was lucky to serve on the executive in the position of Conservation officer.
My post-secondary education included a year in Fish and Wildlife from Sir Sandford Fleming College, and two years from Loyalist College in the Environmental / Water Resources Technician program graduating in 1982 with my Technician diploma this lead to jobs in local Conservation Authorities and the Ministry of Natural resources doing various stream surveys and wildlife population estimates. A promotion and transfer in my Wife’s Career brought me to Saskatchewan where I have worked as a Forest Firefighter, and Parks Maintenance Technician, and finally A Class 4 Water, Class 3 Waste Water Plant operator, a career I only recently retired from last February.
I’ve had a lifelong interest in anything that will keep me outdoors, in the field/woods or on the water. I fish a local lake for largemouth bass, walleye, pike and perch all on a fly rod. Coldwater and saltwater species when I am fortunate enough to travel to locations where these are available as being in the middle of the prairies limits access other than stocked waters located along the forest fringe. I enjoy the time I get to spend at the bench tying flies for all the various species that my travels during normal times give me access to. I’m an avid wildlife photographer and enjoy the hunt and stalk required to get close to the game located out here on Canada’s open prairie.
I hope I can be of service and am looking forward to helping the organization in any way that I can.