Master Seaman (Ret'd)
Eric Payne is a 23 year Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his career with the Royal Canadian Navy but also spent time with Land and Air units. He is a Veteran of the Afghanistan War and did tours with NATO and was posted to Canadian Forces Station Alert in Canada’s North.
Eric was traumatically injured in 2005, and subsequently medically released in 2007. He was one of the early participants of the Soldier On Program and credits the program for the continued success he now experiences. Despite an amputation, Eric learned he could play sport. This was a pivotal moment. He had heard so many cannots to this point. Eric became passionate to find what he could do! The change began.
Eric began getting involved with recreational programs with persons with disability, Sledge Hockey. He has become the team manager for a very successful program on Prince Edward Island. He has also become the point of contact in the Region for Development of the sport. He has been on the Charlottetown Hosting committee for the National Sledge Hockey team’s International tournaments.
He was elected to a provincial board which was dedicated to the promotion of full participation inclusion of people with a disabilities in Island society. Eric was appointed to the Provincial Board advising government on new and existing legislation, policies, programs and services affecting people with disabilities in Prince Edward Island. Eric is a past President of the Council of Health Improvement through Research and Practice International (CHIRPINTL.org). He is a Peer supporter for the Amputee Coalition of Canada. Eric knows the struggle of addiction first hand and is enjoying living life to the fullest as a sober person.
Eric is a public speaker and tours to military bases to share his experience and to various community based groups. He is also a touring stand up comedian and has shared the stage with some of Canada’s high profile performers.
Eric accepted a nomination to the Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada as Vice President since 2013. He has been working in PEI to assist his brothers and sisters in arms and to raise the profile of the organization in the community.
Eric resides in Warren Grove PEI with his wife, Seanna. They have two adult children Lindsay and Ryan and Oden the family’s yellow Lab.