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.”