Remembrance, Domestic Service, Community Service, Careers, Medicine
Sergeant (Retired) Jacqueline Buckley was born in Trenton, Ontario. She grew up throughout North America and Germany following the career of her father who also served in the Canadian Forces. After graduating High School in Nova Scotia, she obtained a post-secondary education as a nursing assistant, which she practiced until joining the Canadian Forces in 1990. She attended basic training at the previous Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cornwallis. After graduation of basic training, she obtained her dental assistant trades training at the Canadian Forces Dental School in CFB Borden. After graduating from her training program, she served in Greenwood, NS., Halifax/Shearwater, NS. While serving in Shearwater, NS in 1998, Jacquie participated in Op Persistence as a member of the dental forensic team aiding in the recovery of 229 souls who perished off Peggy’s Cove aboard Swiss Air 111. She later served in CFB Borden, ON before being selected to attend by the military to attend Algonquin College, in Ottawa ON to complete a the dental hygiene program. Jacqueline received her dental hygiene diploma in 2007; graduated with honours and received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award and Community Services award and subsequently posted to CFB Esquimalt. In 2010, after serving 20 years with the Canadian Forces, she was medically released with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a result of her participation in Op Persistence. In 2010, she enrolled at Royal Roads University and in 2012; she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Justice Studies. In 2013, she published her book ‘Eye of the Storm, Personal Commitment to Managing Symptoms of PTSD’; which shares how PTSD dramatically affected her life. A raw account of her own healing, observations, and understanding, Eye of the Storm not only tells Jacquie’s story and her journey of how she weathered the storm and found her way home, but also presents strategies and suggestions for healing for others who face the same challenges. Since her military release, Jacquie has worked within the justice system and as a crisis counsellor with victims of domestic violence. In 2016, she resigned from her position at a domestic violence shelter and decided to become an Entrepreneur. Today she is the sole proprietor of Symétrie and Got Your Six, which are two brands, focused on the empowerment of women to move forward after traumatic life’s circumstance. As a certified HeartMath™ coach she educates and teaches heart focused breathing to help create resiliency and speaks on topics such as authentic beauty, living a drama free lifestyle and tips to managing everyday struggles. Along with running a successful business, Jacquie is completing her MA in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University with hopes of eventually becoming a practicing Psychologist and moving back to the east coast with her husband and grandson.