Lieutenant Tim Grutzius

Dan Bowers is a very passionate advocate on mental health issues.  His First Eyes Program addresses a much-needed population that is often left behind in the first responder world; the families and significant others.  

This program works for both new and veteran first responder families.  Having a support system in place before issues manifest is paramount to a long, healthy, career and retirement.”

Illinois Firefighter Peer Support Team

James McDonald

“Dan, I want to thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to deliver your presentation to our staff team last evening.  

I have had the opportunity to speak with a few of the individuals who were present and all had very positive take-aways from your presentation.  I believe some of your 'talking points’ will resonate with all participants in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead.  I believe this is a good thing.  My initial instinct is the message was well-received by all, so kudos to you, Dan!  I was quite impressed how captivated the group was and the message has left a lasting impression.

On behalf of the Phoenix staff team, my sincere thanks.  Please know you are always welcome to stop in for a visit…the coffee is on."

Executive Director - Phoenix House 

Valerie O.

“Thank you for such an inspiring lecture on PTSD.   Thank you also for your open honesty about your life, it definitely underscored/added value to everything you were saying.

All the best on your amazing, and much needed, PTSD (preventative) efforts."

Kanata Seniors' Centre

Sylvio (Syd) Gravel, M.O.M.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of presenting with Dan and I can attest that he speaks from the heart, with clarity and to the point.  Dan draws from his own lived-experience to validate clinical observations in addressing family and spousal reactions to trauma.

Based on his lived-experience, he is most-qualified to speak to what often occurs when spouses and their families face trauma.  Dan is also able to suggest positive and proactive best practices to help families through the experience.

It is Dan's most sincere belief that the right amount of information, given before tragedy strikes, goes a long way in helping the family unit maintain the bonds of love and caring that tie them together.  This resilience can help in the recovery process for everyone affected.”

National Police Advisor - Badge of Life Canada

Peer Support Special Advisor - Mood Disorder Society of Canada

William VanRyswk, CPP

“Dan has provided training sessions on behalf of Security Through Safe Design Inc. for the past number of years.

We have received nothing but praise from our clients regarding Dan’s professionalism and his in-depth knowledge of the curriculum he was presenting.”

President/CEO - Security Through Safe Design Inc.