Posted on Apr 09, 2024
Members of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel and their families are brave individuals who sacrifice so much on a daily basis to protect our freedom and our everyday way of life. Since 2011 Honour House, in New Westminster, has been a refuge, a “home away from home” for those in service to stay, completely free of charge, when they travel to receive medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area. 
Since October 2019 Honour House has been providing service at Honour Ranch 10 kilometres south of Ashcroft, BC. On 120 acres of rolling hills overlooking the South Thompson River, Honour Ranch is a tranquil retreat, a place of education and personal growth. There the participants can discover cutting edge strategies in the treatment of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The goal is to empower these heroes so they are better equipped to navigate the often debilitating emotional and physical stresses of selfless commitment to service. A new Corral & Horse Shelter at the Ranch is made possible through a contribution of $26,268 from the Rotary Club of New Westminster Royal City, including a $6,000 Rotary Foundation District Grant.
At Honour Ranch the Corral & Horse Shelter provides a home and protection for horses at the Ranch. The caring for animals, brushing, feeding, petting, is a soothing and therapeutic activity. The viewing of horses in open fields provides physical relaxation and calmness to those recovering from operational stress. Horse riding provides freedom and exercise. There are plans to provide an equine therapy program to help those with anxiety and depression.
The Air Force Engineers is leading construction of the Shelter with possibly volunteer participation of some Rotarians. Most of this Rotary funding contributed to the local community in purchases from Ashcroft Home Building Centre.
Honour House and Honour Ranch provide an opportunity to show our military and first responders in need that their community cares and greatly appreciates how much they all that they do for us in our communities and our world.