Veterans battling mental health challenges learn to paint in the B.C. wilderness

Christopher Hennebery has used painting as a form of therapy his whole life.

Now, the civilian member of the Canadian Forces is sharing this outlet with other military personnel and veterans. 

He was joined this weekend by four veterans, three reservists, and another Canadian Forces member at a ranch near Ashcroft, B.C., for three days of plein air painting, the act of painting outdoors. 

Hennebery, who serves as a the chief warrant officer with the Royal Westminster Regiment, wanted to start a program where he could share the mental health benefits he’s found from painting with others who have served in the military.

“Art has always been a central part of my life,” he

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