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They proudly served


They Proudly Served

Hailing from coast to coast to coast they proudly served our country, at home and abroad, helping maintain peace and freedom and allowing us to lead the lives we do today.

Learn about their service, experiences and contributions to peace, security, and humanitarian efforts in the profiles below.

Canadians Around the World


The Middle East

From early United Nations peace support missions to reduce tensions in the region to more recent efforts, Canadians have served there for decades.

Bruce Barnes

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Bruce Barnes

Born in Vancouver in 1954, Bruce Barnes was just 5 years old when his family moved to Europe. At the age of 18, a thirst for adventure led him to enlist in the British Army. He would go on to serve for almost 40 years: half for Great Britain and half for Canada.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony Tremblay

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony Tremblay

Tony Tremblay spent 23 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Little did he know that a chance mail delivery on HMCS Athabaskan during the Persian Gulf War would change his life forever.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (Ret’d) David Bodie

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (Ret’d) David Bodie

For 35 years, David Bodie sailed the seas in the Royal Canadian Navy. Now retired, he looks back fondly on a military career that took him around the world, including into a war zone.

Master Corporal (Ret’d) Marc Bergeron

Master Corporal (Ret’d) Marc Bergeron

Marc Bergeron has seen just about everything through the lenses of the cameras that he wielded for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during his very eventful career. While photography has been Bergeron’s passion since he was 15 years old, it now also plays a key role in his efforts to heal from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Charles Cormier

Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Charles Cormier

In 1968, at the age of 16, Charles Cormier had no idea that he would soon be flying airplanes and helicopters. He had just joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. Two decades later, he volunteered to join the Canadian efforts during the Gulf War.

Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Duncan “Dusty” Miller

Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Duncan “Dusty” Miller

Born in the United Kingdom, Duncan “Dusty” Miller immigrated to Canada in 1954. At the age of 15 and with a strong desire to join the Navy, Miller went to the recruiting centre but could not be accepted until the following year, given his young age. He went on to attend Bishop’s University in Lennoxville.

Warrant Officer Terry Warner

Warrant Officer Terry Warner

After an exceptional career spanning over 40 years with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Warrant Officer Terry Warner will be retiring just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Gulf War. This is a happy coincidence as it was Warner’s first overseas deployment.

Francine in 2019 at the Colisée de Québec for a face off during Veterans Week.

Corporal (Ret’d) Francine Beaudry

For more than 40 years, Francine Beaudry has been both a woman of action and a woman with a big heart. She has never been afraid to volunteer her time and to get involved, and she served in the military with dedication for 18 years. Daughter of two Indigenous parents, she has remained in spirit with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as she is the current President of the “Association des Vétérans Autochtones du Québec ”.

Terri Orser receiving the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2016.

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Theresa “Terri” Lynn Orser

She travelled the world and the seven seas. Theresa “Terri” Lynn Orser saw action and witnessed horrors over many fronts during her 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). In 2007, she transitioned to life after service, after being medically released for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Master Corporal (Ret’d) Richard Delve

Master Corporal (Ret’d) Richard Delve

Richard Delve was born in Hamilton, Ontario. A cook by trade, Richard Delve served with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 19 and a half years. He served on the home front in Esquimalt, Kingston, Petawawa, and overseas in Germany. He also did two tours in Bosnia, in 1992 and 1996. In October 1990, he deployed to Qatar to assist with the Gulf War – he returned in March 1991.

Major (Ret’d) Lynn Doucette

Major (Ret’d) Lynn Doucette

During her 35-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lynn Doucette was a woman of many firsts. She excelled in her role as an Air Weapons Controller, and while serving in the Persian Gulf, she was a Mission Crew Commander onboard AWACS aircraft, monitoring the enemy below and in the air.

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Robert McDougall

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Robert McDougall

Robert McDougall’s plan was to work in radio and television. But his life took an unexpected turn shortly after he was accepted into a broadcasting program at Centennial College. A car ride with a friend to the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Recruiting Centre turned into a 25-year career in the military.

Europe

Starting at the end of the Second World War and through to today, Canadians in uniform have served in a variety of countries, missions and roles in this region.

Sailor 1st class (Ret’d) Kay McGlennon

Sailor 1st class (Ret’d) Kay McGlennon

Kay McGlennon was born in Midland, Ontario. She served with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for a total of 29 years. Her training and service took her across Canada, from Esquimalt to Halifax, and multiple map dots in between. She also served overseas, supporting CAF missions in the Golan Heights and Bosnia. Her story is one of cohesiveness, team work and most importantly – family.

Sergeant (Ret’d) Nadia Duranleau

Sergeant (Ret’d) Nadia Duranleau

Nadia Duranleau grew up in Beloeil in the Montréal area. In 1990, while she was working in a clothing boutique on Sainte-Catherine Street, her life course took an unexpected turn. While heading out for an evening with friends, a simple detour marked the beginning of a 20-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sergeant (Ret’d) Wendy Jocko

Sergeant (Ret’d) Wendy Jocko

Wendy Jocko, Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, always knew she wanted to join the military. Born in Pembroke ON, she comes from a long line of Indigenous Warriors who fought to defend Canada and restore peace. After serving 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Wendy is now Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, leading them through the COVID-19 pandemic and on to a Treaty and Self-Government.

Corporal Joan accepting her South-West Asia Service Medal presented by Lieutenant General Angus Watt.

Sergeant (Ret’d) Joan Buchanan

Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Joan Buchanan emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, when she was 17 years old. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 16 years later for what would become both a rewarding and challenging career path.

Raymond Goodchild

Corporal (Ret'd) Raymond Goodchild

Corporal (Ret'd) Raymond Goodchild was born in Nipigon, Ontario. He's lived in Pawgwasheeng Pays Plat First Nation for the majority of his life. His sister served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) which inspired Goodchild to enlist. He served in the CAF from 1979 to 1983 and supported the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. Although Goodchild left the CAF in 1983, his service continues – in the form of providing support for his local community.

Captain (Ret'd) Robert Thibeau wearing his medals

Captain (Ret’d) Robert Thibeau, CD

Captain (Ret’d) Robert Thibeau, a proud Métis Veteran, was born into a military family in Camp Shilo, Manitoba, but was raised in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Having experienced abuse as a child, Thibeau longed for structure and purpose as an adult. This led him to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Asia

Canada’s military efforts in the continent beyond the Middle East region have included, among others, our mission in Afghanistan and peacekeeping in Cambodia.

Captain Diana Prénoveau

Captain Diana Prénoveau

Captain Diana Prénoveau has been serving in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 15 years and counting. Initially drawn to the opportunities and adventure it offered, she is now focused on using her leadership skills to make the military a more welcoming place for women.

Major Simon Mailloux

Major Simon Mailloux

What experiences are behind the faces of our Canadian soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan? Simon Mailloux is sharing his. After having been seriously injured on his first mission in the country, he went back for a second. Today, he is celebrating 20 proud years of service.

Captain (Ret’d) Hélène Le Scelleur

Captain (Ret’d) Hélène Le Scelleur

Hélène Le Scelleur understands the difficulties some soldiers have to overcome both during and after their military service. She wore the uniform for 26 years and lost two comrades in Afghanistan. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies in social work, which involve examining members’ experiences with identity transition as they return to civilian life. 

Stephen Thomas was born in Scarborough, Ontario.

Sergeant Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas was born in Scarborough, Ontario. As a child, he had a passion for athletics and competition. Thomas joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on his 18th birthday, and went on to serve two tours in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal of Bravery for his actions in Kandahar.

Africa

Canadian Armed Forces members have often taken part in multinational missions on the continent, serving as peacekeepers and providing humanitarian aid.

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Kevin ‘Sammy’ Sampson

Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Kevin ‘Sammy’ Sampson

Sammy Sampson graduated from high school in Nova Scotia on 22 June 1988. Less than two months later, at 18, he was serving with United Nations forces on the Iraq-Iran border as a radio operator, where a ceasefire had recently been reached between the two countries after almost eight years of fighting.

Sergeant-Major (Ret’d) Mark Charlton

Sergeant-Major (Ret’d) Mark Charlton

Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Mark Charlton was an Air Cadet and member of the Infantry reserves, before transferring to the regular force in 1979. After completing his basic and radio operator training, he was posted across Canada and served on peacekeeping and NATO deployments around the world.

The Americas

Canadian Armed Forces members have responded to natural disasters, both at home and abroad, and provide security and support to Canada and other countries in the region.

Corporal (Ret’d) Bambi Gray

Corporal (Ret’d) Bambi Gray

Bambi Gray was destined to serve. Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, a city rich in military tradition and history, Bambi was already playing young supply technician with her father at the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment Army Cadets Corps as she rumbled through the bins of the supply room at age five. By the time she turned 21, she had officially joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Sergeant (Ret’d) Donna E. King

Sergeant (Ret’d) Donna E. King

Women have served in the Canadian military for over a century. Before they were allowed to take on combat roles in 1989, they diligently filled administrative and support positions, working in the shadows. Donna E. King was one of these women. She helped keep the military administrative machine well oiled.

Sergeant (Ret’d) Wendy Jocko

Corporal (Ret’d) Kate MacEachern

Being audacious and bold is something that Kate MacEachern strived for from a very young age. When she enrolled to serve her country in 2005, it had been brewing in her mind since she was a little girl. When she decided to walk decked in full uniform to raise money to help struggling Veterans, no one had done it before. This is her story of determination and resilience.

Do you want to learn about the Canadians who served in the First and Second World Wars, or the Korean War? You can read their stories, as told to us, on our Faces of Freedom page.

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