The Shepherd Boy


PTSD is associated with changes in brain function and structure, with only subtle symptoms showing up initially and more severe symptoms emerging months or years after the traumatic event.

My name is Brian Nadon and I'm a PTSD survivor.

A friend said to me once, “Brian, follow your heart and learn to give back. You might be missing a chance to affect our world in a very profound way.” 

He was right!.

So with this in mind, I am personally dropping everything in life, cycling 7,700 km across CANADA, then an additional 45,000km around the world with Ginger-Bella. My individual goal is to raise awareness, share my story, offer hope, listen and learn, while showing communities worldwide that Canada is a leader in mental health advocacy; that Canada believes in providing support.

It's without question that we've all dealt with pain. What I hope to change through the Vatic Foundation is the stigma surrounding depression as being something we experience negatively, when in reality, depression offers positivity, it offers hope, it offers a chance to become new. 

I've been blessed in the sense that I've been offered a new chance. I'd like to share this blessing. 

This means my continued mission in life is to be outspoken about mental health, about PTSD, and giveback by offering educational opportunities to individuals who often do not have the strength, courage, or even the confidence to ask for support.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

Fun Facts

Who is Brian Nadon


What’s your name?  Brian Nadon

How old are you?  45

Which place do you consider home?  Canada

What type of traveler are you?  Adventurist 

What is the first travel that you remember?  Bible Camp in the Queen Charlotte Islands


What’s your favourite transport? 

My bicycle - This magic machine has taken me everywhere I’ve needed to be. 

What’s your favourite country? 

Thailand, because their culture is so strong. The food, the movies, their clothes - nothing like the rest of the world.

What’s your favourite city? 

Sidney, Australia. With a perfect location next to the Pacific, the eternal summer, the energy, and healthy life style.

What’s your favourite beach? 

Palomen, Goa. I visited Goa during my first travels to India and I have some very special memories from the Palm Tree lined beaches.

What’s your favourite food? 

Thai Street Food and anything off the BBQ.

What’s your favourite language? 

My mother tongue is English, but Spanish and Mandarin are slightly more useful for travelling, depending if I’m South, East or West.

What’s your favourite travel book? 

‘Moods of Future Joys’ by Alastair Humphreys

Hamburger or Pizza? 


Do you have a favourite team? 

Rugby Canada

A musical group you’d like see live? 

Drake and NF together

Favourite movie? 

Back to the Future

And the worst one? 

Munchie 2

The most embarrassing song of your iPod? 

Lady - Kenny Rogers