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 her basic training, she obtained her dental assistant trades training at the Canadian Forces Dental School in CFB Borden. In completing her trades training program, she served in Greenwood, NS., and Halifax/Shearwater, NS. In 1998, while serving in Shearwater, NS, 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. In 2001, she was posted to CFB Borden, ON before being selected to by the military to attend Algonquin College, in Ottawa ON to complete the dental hygiene program. Jacqueline received her dental hygiene diploma in 2007; graduated with honours and received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler and Community Services awards. She was posted as a Dental Hygienist to CFB Esquimalt after her graduation from Algonquin College. In 2010, after serving 20 years with the Canadian Forces, she was medically released with severe chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), related to 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’; an account of her healing and understanding of how stress can manifest in our lives after trauma and creates an unhealthy storm. 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 shares hope of healing to others who face the same challenges. Since her military release, Jacquie has worked within the justice system and as a crisis counselor with victims of domestic violence. In 2014, she became a Certified HeartMath® Coach and in 2018 a Certified HeartMath® Trainer. With a military background and of a family of police officers, she has recognized the effects of daily stress that can become a liability if it not managed through daily self-care practice. It is her mission to pay it forward, by training military, police, firefighters, EMS and crisis workers the HeartMath® Resilience Advantage™ program to assist in the prevention of the long-term effects of stress. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and after her program completion, she is looking forward to serving her community and incorporating the many HeartMath® techniques into a counseling practice.