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The Motivation I Needed!

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The Motivation I Needed!

It was because of the games that I had to get myself back in shape because after going through radiation I had gained over one hundred pounds and I needed something to give me the motivation to get back into shape and the games have definitely done that. I have gotten myself back into shape, started feeling good and better and better about myself and my body. I started going back to the gym. Got myself a personal trainer for three years. Just to be able to be where I am now being able, going to the games and competing with everybody else. Interviewer: And at this time I must bring in the togetherness you share with your dad and I can remember being in Halifax and watching you as they named Team Canada and you were standing there and your dad is beside you and he says, “I’m his sight!” And that term, having your dad be your sight and be your partner and getting you through this and traveling to Australia with you to compete as a Team Canada participant, tell us how that makes you feel. It’s been really great actually being so close to him and having him at my side through all of this because I think without my family I wouldn’t have made it through this at all. And it’s been because of them that I have been able to get where I am now. My mom would drive me to the gym every day. My dad would give me the motivation even to just get out of bed at certain points and put one foot in front of the other and just keep going on. Because going through, I tell people that with two brothers in the military and growing up in the military family there was no sympathy given. It was always just get your ass back in gear and everything happens for a reason so get back on your feet and keep moving.

Opportunities to be part of Invictus Games, Aaron speaks about how it helped him get his health back!

Aaron Boulanger

Mr. Aaron Boulanger was born in March 10, 1990 in Calgary, Alberta. As a child Aaron and family moved back to the Gagetown, New Brunswick. Coming from a military family with his dad and two brothers serving, Aaron realized he too would choose this career. After finishing high school Aaron joined the Navy and obtained his university degree at UNB under the support of the military. While training in Esquimalt, B.C. holding rank of Officer Cadet, Aaron became very ill and was diagnosed with a brain tumour which caused blindness. Now left to regain his independence Aaron moved back to Oromocto, NB to gain assistance from his family as well as tremendous support through CNIB. As time passed Aaron made the choice to get healthy and by doing so was selected as part of Team Canada 2018 Invictus Games Team. Being blind did not stop Aaron from choosing the sport of archery and with his father by his side achieved his personal best during the games in Australia, October 2018. Aaron will be medically discharged from the military and looks forward to finding a new career path. He now resides in Oromocto, New Brunswick with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Aaron Boulanger
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Officer Cadet
Officer Cadet

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