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September 25, 2020

One family, two pandemics

Captain Mike Gauthier always knew he’d join the military. It’s in his blood, after all.

What he didn’t know was his work would include responding to a worldwide pandemic—connecting him to a great-grandfather he never knew.

“[My family goes] back nearly four generations and 100 years of being in the military,” Gauthier says, who is a pharmacy officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program.

“My dad was career military, his dad was a pilot in World War Two, my mom’s dad was paratrooper in World War Two and my great-grandfather on my dad’s side was a doctor in World War One and World War Two,” he says. “I kind of just fell into it.”

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