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Franck Dupere


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I was born in Sept-Iles, Quebec, and moved to Laval at the age of five. I have completed two professional diplomas, one as an industrial mechanic, and another as an electrician.

I decided to join the Canadian Forces when I was 16. I joined the 4th battalion Royal 22nd Regiment in January 1997. After the basic courses, I was qualified for to operate machine guns and communication devices. I decided in 2001 to serve my country and go on a mission in ex-Yugoslavia. I served as a lav3 gunner. After my return from this mission I decided to transfer to a unit specialized in psychological operations (PsyOps). At the same time, because I was a reservist, I worked as an electrician.

In 2008, I was offered a mission in Afghanistan and decided to take that opportunity to serve my country for a second time. In 2010 another mission was offered to me and I decided to pursue what I had begun in my first mission. In April 2011, a suicide bomber exploded two meters in front of me. I was hospitalized for 2 months, going from the ICU to a full recovery. This incident caused me to lose sight from my right eye and some dexterity of my left hand.

I was awarded 5 medals, CD, ex-Yugoslavia medal, peace keeping medal, and a campaign star, as well as a sacrifice medal. I am still in the reserve as a corporal. I think this expedition will help me to go beyond my own limits.

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