I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, as the youngest of five siblings. My main inspiration for joining the Armed Forces was my father who, after joining the service, was able to obtain his high school diploma while attending night school and progressed to an electrical engineering degree from Queens University. After retiring as an Air Force Captain, he completed another 25 years in the civil service.
Originally joining as a vehicle technician while studying Security Management in college, I decided to transfer to the MP unit, and, after graduating college with honours, decided to continue my studies entering into University to study Criminology with a concentration in Law.
Shortly after my first year of University, I ran out of funds to continue onto my 4th semester and was given the opportunity to deploy overseas on TFA Roto 2. During that tour I participated in 2 major combat operations known as Op Medusa and Op Baz Tuuka to which my unit was awarded the honour to wear the Governor General Commander-In-Chief Unit commendation. Upon return from tour I returned to my unit to begin training for junior leadership by completing my PLQ 1-5. Before starting my Mod 6, I was dispatched to train in the States on a specialized course within the Military Police. After the course I continued on with my University education.
I was able to take the necessary leave to begin work up training to deploy again with the Canadian Forces on OP Athena TF 3-09. While deployed on my second tour, on the final two weeks of operation, I received an injury to my ankle which left me unemployable for 6 months after my tour. I took the opportunity to complete his degree through the summer while attending physiotherapy and rehabilitation for his ankle.
Thanks to the military and civilian medical staff I was able to fully recover and start training again which led to my ability to apply and pass the physical fitness tests for my current position as a Nuclear Security Response Officer and Public Agent.
The main reason for volunteering for Expedition Himalayas was to take part in a once in a life time opportunity in raising awareness for veterans and deploying on a truly unique and remarkable adventure with a team of inspired and motivational members who tell a unique story of the history of the forces and the conflicts that are dealt with by returning soldiers.
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