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Camp My Way - Foundation Support

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Camp My Way is a residential wilderness program that helps support Veterans, First Responders and their Families who have been affected by PTSD.

Camp My Way is a Not-For-Profit organization founded by Terrance Kosikar.

It his our mission in life to help people who are struggling from PTSD - overcome this terrible injury. Camp My Way will be offering a series of 2 week long introspective nature retreats. These trips will give people who struggle with PTSD – Mental Health and Substance Abuse challenges an opportunity to leave their real world problems behind, and to find themselves in some of the most beautiful all natural terrain in the world. In his experience, this has proven to be an incredibly effective method to help manage his life, and prevent the onset of any future Mental Health struggles.



Our ultimate goal is to help people get their lives back and reconnect with themselves, family and friends through teamwork, meditation, self-discipline, exercise, nutrition and sharing positive experiences in a all natural environment.



We have designed a program of exercises and adventure for our campers to push personal limits, break down barriers, and reestablish a relationship not only with nature, but also with themselves and their families.



These experiences will provide our campers with the proper tools to cope with everyday struggles, and help educate them about problem solving strategies, setting new goals and the importance of daily routines.

Our self sustainability, combined with outdoor Adventure is aimed to help Emergency Service Providers who struggle with an Operational Stress Injury ( PTSD ) get their lives back … Naturally

 

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Camp My Way
needs your help today. We are in need of 2018 and beyond Phase 2 Growth & Expansion via Corporate & Non-Corporate Donations.

All donations will help cover Camper Expenses, Operating Equipment & Supplies, Daily & Yearly Operational Costs, Camp Expansions and more.

While we're not able to end Post Traumatic Stress, we are able to plant the seeds, and give our Campers the Time they need to Grow and Heal themselves ... Naturally!



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DONATE TODAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A LUXURY GETAWAY PACKAGE TO WHISTLER, BC.



( All Proceeds Go To Camp My Way Phase 2 )



Donations of $20.00 or more made by June 3,  2018 are automatically entered into the drawing. 



The winners will be chosen on June 7, 2018 at 12 PM (pst) by random selection LIVE on our Instagram and Facebook pages.



PRIZE PACKAGES INCLUDE:



2 night stay at: Luxury Suite at Pan Pacific Mountainside (Value $600.00)



Dinner for two at: Mongolie grill ($100.00 Gift Certificate)



Day Pass for two at: Scandinave Spa (Value $130.00)



Two Single Riders Whistler ATV  (Value $460.00)



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- This Page Last Updated May 9th, 2018
- Visit Us At www.CampMyWay.com
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Goodmorning Friends , ITS GAME TIME !!

Finally ... after months and months of digging deep into the trenches, our Camp My Way team is proud to announce that we are ready to begin the next phase of our wilderness adventure program next week -June 10 - June 16 - 2018.

Thanks to your support, we are able to accomidate 4 campers along with 3 volunteer facilitators to our program next week.

* Master Corporal Maxime Gaboriault served in Afghanistan from 5 February - 5 November, 2006 as part of Task Force Afghanistan and Task Force Kandahar

Max Story - The Afghanistan Veteran Project: From the Fire: An Account of War by Maxime Gaboriault

http://mmasonphotography.com/blog/2015/4/16/the-afghanistan-veteran-project-from-the-fire-an-account-of-war-by

* Captain Dale Lundy - 27 years Salt Spring Fire Rescue

* XXXX - 9 years RCMP - Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer

* Harley - ( written by Harley's mother )

On August 12, 2015 my youngest son, Harley, was involved in a motorcycle accident with his father, Doug, in Langley B.C.
Witnesses say that Doug threw Harley off the bike after contact with a farm vehicle that ripped his left arm from its socket. He used that arm to remove Harley from the bike before losing control of it. His right leg was removed from his body when he and the bike hit a 6in. by 6in. mailbox post. The bike was then on its side and it smashed into a telephone pole at a very high speed. Doug’s body flew through the air and landed on the road beside Harley, where he had come to a rest after skidding on his back, head first, about 50 feet from the initial impact. Doug landed on his head thus breaking his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was his 41rst birthday and he was intoxicated at the time. It was about 35 degrees and Harley was wearing only a t-shirt. He received major road rash on his hands, back and hip. He was in and out of consciousness the whole time. A first responder put her body between Harley and his Dad until they were able to erect a curtain between father and son. He recalls being airlifted to Children’s Hospital.
The local RCMP here in Whistler came to my house saying that my son was in serious condition in Children’s and his father did not survive, but could tell me nothing else. I asked them to go and get my older son, Braedon, (then 17) from work so I could tell him this news in person and give him the opportunity to come with me to the hospital. Doug was Braedon’s stepdad for many years before Harley was born. There were many good years with Doug before he lost his soul to alcohol and drugs. I left the family home with both boys and moved to Whistler in 2006 after physical and emotional abuse from Doug. Braedon witnessed some of this abuse and put a wall up in regards to Doug, fending off any future contact or activities with him. Braedon didn’t want to come to the hospital with me and as a result spent the next couple hours by himself on Doug’s Facebook page grieving for his loss.
As soon a friend and I got on the highway I called the hospital to get more details on Harley’s condition. To my enormous relief the nurse told me that Harley had some major road rash but he would be fine. Then, to my surprise she told me that he wanted to talk to me. The first thing he asked was when I would be there. Obviously he was crying and he then said, “Mommy I’m really scared, I don’t know where Daddy is and nobody will tell me. Please hurry.” A member of the RCMP broke the devastating news to Harley before I got to the hospital and by then he was deeply sedated after having his wounds cleaned. We spent 10 days there while Harley was recovering. His grieving was incredibly intense during those days and he still feels his loss every day, two and a half years later. He had weekly counseling appointments up until late last year. The councilor felt that Harley didn’t need to see him anymore, but I disagree. He’s doing very poorly in school (grade 8) and leaves class frequently without permission because , “I can’t be there when I’m missing Daddy so much.” Last week I gently suggested that seeing how it’s been almost 2 and a half years since the accident that perhaps he was using this as an excuse to get out of school work and he uncharacteristically, turned on me and yelled, “you didn’t see you father’s mangled, dead body beside you!” and stormed off to his room crying. He clearly needs more help.
Braedon needs help as well. He often hints at ending his life with words such as, ‘I’m just a burden on everyone’
‘I don’t feel like getting out of bed’ He goes through huge depression spouts and sometimes I feel he’s suicidal. He told me just this morning that there is a dark lump inside of him that only goes away when he sk8ing or riding.
I feel that Camp My Way would benefit both of my boys hugely. Not just the councilors or being in nature but it would be an amazing opportunity for them to bond. They get along ok but there is 7 years difference in their age and would be an amazing opportunity for them to heal together.

Thank you to all of our Friends and Family who have contributed to our Go Fund Me .. clearly your support is much needed and your dollars are being put hard to work to help support our Veterans, First Responders and Families who have been affetced by Post Traumatic Stress ( PTSD )

We will be making the draw for the Whistler Dream Escape this Sunday June 10 at 4 pm ( PST ) - Live on Facebook from Trev Deeley Motorcycles.

I want to take one more second please to genuinly Thank you for your contribution to helping build the foundation to our Camp My Way Wilderness program .
I feel it's also very important for me to send very special Thank you to our volunteer facilitators who have flown all the way from 1/2 way around the world to help facilitate, teach, share , and support our campers.

Chris Duquemin - Body Engineer - UK
Claire Kelley - Love Doctor / Soul Retriver - Austraillia
Lachlan Zrim - Personal Trainer - Austraillia

Thank you also to our local community partners :

Lloyd Daser - Pan Pacific Mountainside Whistler
Tony Medd - Summit Lodge Whistler
Denis Vincent - Coast to Coast Helicopters

* Photograpghy - Joern Rohde / Marquie Moo
* Fishing Guide - Matt Prosdocimi - Whistler year Round Fishing
* Wildwood Cafe
* Larry Falcon - Escape Route
* Bruce Stewart - Nesters Food Market
* Jamie Watts - West Van Lions Club
* Chief Arjuna George - Salt Sprig Fire Rescue
* Vets Canada
* Director of Operations / Daniel Johnson / Katie
* David Bell
* Chris Magras
* Lucy Cakes
* Tom Stewart

Thank you for believeing in us, we look forward to our next update .. photos / videos / testimonials

Eternally Grateful ..

Terrance Kosikar

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** Operation Moon Shack ** UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Special Thank you to all of you , and our new friend Scott Moon Mitchell, who has answered Camp My Ways call to action as he makes the 8 hr journey travelling over 400 km just to volunteer 2 weeks of his time to help build our new Guest cabin here at Base Camp.

Very exciting to finally get off the back burner and get this 3 year dream underway - lives will be saved.

This is only possible because of your support .

On behalf of our Camp My Way team, and all campers who will benifit from your support - Thank You.

Step 1 - Support / level
Floor Frame - Level
Floor joists - true 2x6 timers
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Goodmorning Friends ,

We have bad news , good news and great news.

The bad news is, our dreams of building our Camp on a 15 acre donated piece of land and offering 2 x 18 day Camp My Way programs this summer has been put on the back burner for now.

These last 3 years have been extremely difficult running and facilitating 3 camps / 47 Campers with having to borrow canoes, paddles, life jackets , no safety or communication equipment, food , fishing gear, tents, back packs, sleeping matts , eating utentsiles, headlamps with not a single penny to work with on top of the 4 months of hard work behind the scenes just to logistacally make these camps possible.

I have to say, with each hug and every smile and sound of laughter from each of our volunteers and Campers, has motivated me to never surrender and keep pushing towards getting our Camp up and running year round.

As of Aug 2017, we finally became a registared Non Profit Organization and I assumed that this years efforts in trying to host a week long fundraiser, along with this Crowd Funding source - would have allowed us the ability to facilitate , build and open the doors for our Veterans / First Responders and their Familes to come up this years 2018 Camp - for 2 x18 day programs without having to run around for months on end trying to beg and borrow all of our equipment and gear that we needed and of coarse - be able to offer our program to our Campers at no charge.

I know from my personal experience , that when I needed a Camp like this - my family was unable to afford a treatment centre or a program like ours that gives us the time we need to heal and the tools we need to be shown and pratice using to help manage our lives - our mental health and our feelings so we can just get back to " breathing" and "living" again.

In order to heal ANY physical / or mental injury - we need support, time, tools, education, knowledge, and a understanding.

Not only to heal, but also to have the tool we must use daily to continue to manage our lives in order not to re open our wounds.

If we have a broken leg - we can not just go see a doctor 1 hr per week and expect to heal, we can not just go to a physio theripist for 1 week and expect to be healed. Healing any injury take TIME.

To heal and manage an injury such a Post Traumatic Stress , Mental Health, or any Substance abuse challeges- we need a minimum of 3 months ( 90 days) to take the small steps one day at a time to work work work on self , and practice using the natural tools such a meditation , excersie and putting the proper nutrition in our bodies along with plenty of REST in a peaceful, all natural enviroment.

My goal of running these 90 day Camps are just going to have to wait a bit longer until we can raise enough funds and take even more years to prove our programs success rates before governemt funding is available and policies are changes and recognize us as a place of healing.

The Good news is - I couldn't be anymore excited to be on this jounrey, mainly because of all the amaizing people we meet every single day who do step up to the plate and help us towards these goals - YOU being one of them - Thank you .

Now here's the GREAT NEWS ,,,

Instead of trying to build 6 cabins / sweat lodges , underground cellars , gardens, horase stables, chicken coops, lodges, indoor healing center and massage therapy cabin or even consider buying all the new equipment we need -- we are just going to go back to our original plan by using my home as our Camp My Way Base Camp.

Here, we already have a 3 bedroom, 3000 square foot cabin, running water, indoor and outdoor shower, gardens, pick nick tables, gazebo, outdoor excercise area, tools, beds, kitchen, 3 refridgerators, rest rooms , beautiful views of the lake, and is within a 4 minute walk.

Everything here is fully operational and is easily able to run our camps year round.

My vision of having a 40 acre piece of raw land to work with - to build from the ground up will just take alot more time, which is perfectly fine for me, I had just envisioned us getting started sooner than later.

More land will come, more funding will come, more lives will be saved but for now , in order to really build a solid foundation we will stay right here on my personal property and continue to learn as we grow.

Are you ready for the GREATEST NEWS ??

We have just confirmed our first 7 day Wilderness Program to begin on June 7 2018.

That gives us 2 months now as a team to come up with some fundraising ideas so we may facilitate, and purchase the safety / communications equipment, cover the costs of fixing old broken down canoes, paddles , ( new ) life jackets, tents , sleeping bags / matts , insurance, and of coarse we will certainly need help finding enough food to feed our Campers.

Thankfully, we have a new Friend , Chris Duquemin, Post Traumatic Stress, Body Engineer flying all the way here from the UK just to volunteer facilitating his time to help our Campers at this Camp, along with Lachlan Zrim who is flying here all the way from Austraillia to help facilitate our Camps this summer also.

We are working very hard behind the scene right now and feel that because we value your investment so much - you derserve to know every single step we take along the way .

( and If we had staff -- these updates would be alot more frequent - haha )

In order to open the doors for our Campers at our June 7 Camp - we still need alot of equipment, gear, food and insurance.

I'd like to ask you for your fundraising idea, suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

We can not do this alone.

terrance@campmyway.com

Thanks to our sponsors, we have just relaunched our Luxury Getaway package to Whistler , with your investment of $20.00 you will automatically be entered to win again.

http://campmyway.com/contest-campaign/

Here's our luckey winner from our last draw - Scott Mercer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjxF8XDuFN0

Due to a high demand for our Camp My Way T- shirts and hoodies , we are happy to annouce that they are ready. I think the best way we can help , i when your hoodie arrives, take a small piece of paper - write the hashtag #campmyway and #yourcountry or #city - and email us your photo with the reason why you proudly support our camp, and we will post it on our social media and website.Sound like fun ?

Camp My Way Store - https://teespring.com/stores/camp-my-way-store

All proceeds go towards continuing to build a solid foundation for this summers Programs, along with the gear and safety equipmemt thats needed to run our Camps.

We look forward to sharing this summers plan of Events / Fundraisers / Gear drives / Workshops / Camps / Mental Health Awareness Programs next week,

Thank you for your time, and your investment with us.

Respectfully ,

Terrance Kosikar

Founder / Executive Director Camp My Way
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Goodmorning Friends ..

Here's your update from our Feb 2018 Camp My Way Fundraiser / PTSD Awareness Events.

We successfully flipped our tire nearly 30 kms over 7 days and raised $189.00

* 24 kms in 24 hrs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUTn21MPLJU

* Whistler Village 1 km ( in memory Nodar Kumaritashvili
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD6BcYEI6_A

* up 7th Heaven Glacier / Blackcomb Mountain 4 days - to 6,400 feet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN1qUR0hufw

* Busted - Vancouver Police Dept -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvgnxSeRxVA

* Shaw TV - teaser -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziBJnkPXOzU

* Lynda Steele Show - CKNW 980 am
https://omny.fm/shows/steele-drex/in-studio-the-story-of-2010-winter-olympics-first

* Exclusive, Part 1: Trying to find light within the darkness of the 2010 Olympics luge tragedy -
http://thebreaker.news/news/terrance-nodar-part-1/

* Exclusive, Part 2: Olympic medic’s journey from despair to recovery -
http://thebreaker.news/news/terrance-nodar-2/

* CTV News -
https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1068740

* TSN - Radio Vancouver -
https://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040-i-1410/shows/sekeres-price-1.83469

* Global News -
https://globalnews.ca/bc/program/lynda-steele/

Mountian Fm -
Roundhouse Radio -
CBC Vancouver -
Global BC -

It's been a very busy few months leading up to these events - and must say - our entire team is extremely proud of how far we have come and eternally grateful for all those who came out to meet us in person and help flip our tire.

Very Special Thank you -

Stacy Wilson - Executive Director - Together We Can
Tony Medd - GM Summit Lodge
Ralf Slossarek - Financial Director Camp My Way
Dennis Vincent - Coast to Coast Helicopters
Shane Simpson - Cabinet Minister - BC NDP
Doug Mac - Director Operations Whistler Blackcomb
Joern Rohde Photograpghy
Shurman E - Mountain Shack Media
Ian Dunsbury - Shaw TV
Bob Mackin - the Breaker.new
Jeff Waters - CEO Camp My Way
Daniel Johnson - Director of Operations Camp My Way
Claire Hanbury - Vice Principle - Whistler Secondary
Chris Duquemin - New Vision Therapy
Ioana Aboumitri - Kelani International Inc.

Much Respect - to all the warriors in their early stages of Recovery from the Together We Can Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center who came out and walked the walk at each event.

Your Friend , Our Voice

Terrance Kosikar












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