Born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1977, I have been a dedicated member of the Canadian Forces for over 18 years. I commenced my military career in 1994 with The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and have since lived and served in many different areas across Canada. I served with CIMIC, 2 Intelligence Platoon, Canadian Forces Health Services, 28 Field Ambulance and Joint Personnel Support Unit. Currently, I serve as a Section Commander with Integrated Personnel Support Center Ottawa providing support to wounded soldiers and their families.
Throughout my military career, I have continuously strived to exceed the standard and perform at my absolute maximum capacity. Accordingly, I have been the proud recipient of Commanding Officer's Commendations, Mastered Personal Evaluation Reports and Exempt CF Express Tests.
On July 14th 2012, Fredericton Legislatures Canadian and Provincial Flags were lowered and presented to me in honour of the commencement of True Patriot Love Foundation, March to the Top Expedition training in Canmore, Alberta. I plan to summit her Provincial Flag 20,305ft to the top of Island Peak in honour of my native province, New Brunswick helping to raise awareness and resources for my fellow soldiers, ill and injured, serving and retired.
Daughter of Bernard Filipow (Judith Toker) and Catherine Gillespie, I have two younger brothers Alexander and Anthony, am married to Spencer Mandy and am the proud mother of two amazing boys, Everest and Ethan. I am also an Open Class Equestrian Athlete who has coached and mentored hundreds of Canadian Youth.
On March 31st, 2010, my life changed forever when she was injured in a training incident. Following surgery (Open Reduction Internal Fixation of her pelvis and left Neck of Femur), I was wheel chair bound for two summers, dependant on walkers, then crutches then canes. My future was uncertain.
Following my second related surgery, I wrote and signed a contract with myself promising to achieve a 100% recovery. My family, friends and Health Services team have been instrumental the realization of my goal.
A little over two years post incident, I am training to run a half-marathon this fall. I am now able to water-ski, horse back ride, bike, hike and climb. My dreams of international level competition are again in sight. I credit my husband Spencer and children Everest and Ethan with her successful recovery, they were my inspiration. I wanted to walk beside them again one day.
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