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Sylvain was born in Montreal, QC and his career in the uniform started at age 12 when he joined the sea cadet in Sorel, QC. At age 17, he enrolled in the Canadian Forces and served with the Engineers for 25 years on retirement as a Master Warrant Officer. During his time of service, he served in St. Jean (QC), Cold Lake (AB), Montreal (QC) (Longue-Pointe, St. Hubert and Farnham), Lahr (Germany), returned to Montreal (QC) and retired in Edmonton (AB).
During his time in the Canadian Forces, he was deployed to CFS Alert (1967), Camp El Gala, CCUNFME II (Egypt) (1978) and Croatia/Bosnia with UNPROFOR/IFOR (1995). He continued his uniform career when he joined the Corps of Commissionaires for 3 years working in Montreal at Revenue Canada, Canadian Space Agency, CISIS and Calgary Police Service. He moved to Alberta in 2000 and joined the Calgary Catholic School District for the next 15 years. He re-joined the uniform with the Cadet Instructor Cadre with #335 RCSCC Calgary and achieved the position of Commanding Officer with the rank of Lieutenant (Navy) for 10 more years.
His awarded medals are: SSM (Peace), CPSM, UNEFME, UNPROFOR, NATO-FRY, QEIIDJM, CD 2nd class and the Navy League of Canada Long service Medal. He is an active member of various veteran organizations (Guitar for Vets (G4V), Veterans of Canada, Legion, ANAVETS, NATO Vets, NOAC, FSNA, CNVA, Armed Forces Pension Annuitant Association, and volunteers with the Memory Project on speaking engagement with schools and communities.