After growing up in Saskatchewan, Colette moved to Edmonton, obtaining a BPA in Criminal Justice where she currently resides with her husband Gary, their son Aiden and puppy Oola. She has lived with a chronic illness since she was 15 and with that came many challenges and losses in her life, which led her on a journey of self-discovery. She is heart centred and passionate about helping others truly live a life they love. Colette is a Certified Life Coach and Certified Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist ®. She is also the Support Group Lead for the OSI-CAN A.S.K Edmonton Family Support Group, a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Gary is originally from Newfoundland and spent his early childhood in Alberta before moving to Saskatchewan where he lived until 1998. At this time, he found himself back on Alberta soil and has been a Police Officer serving the community for 22 years. He is a Licensed Agent in the Financial Services Industry and Peer Support Facilitator for OSI-CAN Edmonton. Gary is also an Author in the International Best-Selling Book, bLU Talks, Business, Life and Universe.
Together they own Benoit Wellness Consulting and Founded the Front-Line Resiliency Project. They provide education, tools and guidance to support Front-Line Workers and their families to help meet their emotional and mental health needs through individual and group coaching, events and workshops, and through organizational consulting and program development. They have been together in the front line for over 18 years, they have seen many trying things and been involved in very difficult situations, including an officer involved shooting. This incident was the breaking point of years of cumulative stress and trauma. Through the years they have come to realize the importance of having a strong foundation, a resilient mind, a positive support system of people around you and a balance that reduces daily stress. Now they are on a mission to make a difference in the lives of front-line members and their families.