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MIKE GINGELL, P.Eng.

Steering Committee Chair

Mike is currently an Engineering Manager working for General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada.  He graduated from RMC in 1980 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and retired from the Navy as a Combat Systems Engineer.  He really only changed uniforms while supporting our Warfighters in training at the East Coast Fleet School, Naval Engineering Unit and Fleet Maintenance Facility.  His current work is building better technology to support our Warfighters in the Army and Air Force.  Mike has been a beneficiary of the Paws Fur Thought initiative as he has seen the "before and after" positive impact that a service dog can make on the quality of life of the injured veteran as well as the impact it makes on the family. As the Paws Fur Thought steering committee chair, he hopes to be able to "pay it forward" to others that are fighting the beast.

VALERIE MITCHELL-VEINOTTE

Financial Support

​As The Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Commands’ Executive Director,  Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte represents the organization on the Paws Team.  RCL NS/NU Command stepped up to support the 1st pairing of Service Dog Thai with Veteran and co-founder of Paws Fur Thought Medric Cousineau.  The organization continues its’ partnership with Paws Fur Thought in facilitating the pairing and placement of Veteran Assist Service Dogs and advocating for this vital support as a health benefit through Veterans Affairs Canada.​​

TYLER SYMONDS

Intake and Process Support


KIM GINGELL AND OMEGA (SERVICE DOG)

Intake Coordinator

Kim Gingell retired from the Canadian Forces after 29 years of service. She loved the Army and her job, logistics and combat service support. Her career with the Army presented many adventures and opportunities which she accepted with no regrets. Kim graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a BA in English. Through Veteran Affairs Canada, she successfully graduated with a diploma as a Veterinarian Assistant. She worked as a Technical Writing instructor at the Naval Fleet School in CFB Halfax, worked several years with the Nova Scotia International Tattoo as the Administration Officer and worked at 36 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters as G3 Individual Training to name a few adventures. Kim is the intake coordinator and takes the job of helping fellow veterans very, very seriously. She also lives with her Service Dog, Omega. The Paws team is happy to have someone with such a diverse background on the team


JOCELYN COUSINEAU and MUNICH (Therapy Dog)

Co-Founder / Screening

In 2013, Joceylyn co-founded Paws Fur Thought. She now keeps Medric on track. Jocelyn brings her medical back ground as a Certified Nursing Assistant into play and helps with applicant screening and coordination. When she is not busy with Mr Munich doing Therapy dog work at the IWK, she enjoys travel, movies, reading and dining out. Her favourite saying? "It is what it is". She always tries to find the Positive in any situation!


MEDRIC COUSINEAU SC, CD, RETD CAPT RCAF, and THAI (Service Dog)

Co-Founder and Honorary Member

In 2013, Medric co-founded Paws Fur Thought. He is now the driving force behind the Canada wide Wounded Warriors Canada PTSD Service Dog Program, affectionately known as "The Dog Father".  "Cous" is a former Seaking Navigator who was hurt doing Search and Rescue of the Coast of Newfoundland in 1986.  This former graduate of RMC enjoys time spent with Thai, whom he was paired with in August of 2012. Their favourite saying? "Keep calm and walk the dog".


The PAWS Team