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The Faces Behind The Front Line Resiliency Project 

Gary Benoit

Originally from Newfoundland, I spent my early childhood in Alberta before moving to Southern Saskatchewan where I lived until 1998. At this time, I found myself back on Alberta soil having accepted a temporary contract in an Aboriginal Development Program. One year later, I was hired as a Police Officer and since then, I have served the community for 20 years.  

On a daily basis I experience the tragedy and devastation that come from poor life choices surrounding families, substance abuse and violence. I also understand first-hand the impact shift work and the daily grind experienced by all front line personnel can have on a family life. Despite these challenges, I have learned the importance of a work-life balance in maintaining my health and the health of my family. It is now my passion to help others do the same.

After having been through a number of experiences and critical incidents during my career I have realized that a strong foundation is needed to get through the stressful times. By having areas in my life that are balanced and strong, like my relationships and health, I have reduced the overall stress I encounter when a critical incident arises. Setting goals and having a direction for my life allows me to have a focal point to come back to during difficult times. 

Colette Benoit

After growing up in Southern Saskatchewan, I moved to Edmonton in 2000 to attain a Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. While living in Edmonton, I met my husband, Gary, and we have since been blessed with our son, Aiden. 

Over the past 16 years, I have experienced first-hand what it is to be the wife of a Police Officer working the front line. I have felt the highs and lows that he experiences on a daily basis and have seen the stresses that come with his profession. I know it can be hard on a family but, having found ways to manage the stress and maintain a balanced lifestyle, I am eager to offer support to other spouses who may find themselves in a similar position. 


My passion for living a balanced life, and helping others do the same, doesn't stop there. Personally, I have lived with Lupus, an autoimmune disease, since I was 15, learning the importance of taking care of my body at a young age. During this time, I struggled with mild depression not knowing how to handle a chronic illness at such a young age. My passion for mental health awareness and resiliency comes from a combination of her own struggles with mild anxiety and OCD, family members who have struggled as well as seeing first-hand the effects the job of a first responder has on members and their families.

Professionally, I am a Speaker and Wellness Coach, specializing in goal setting. I work with clients to show them that it's never too late to dream again, that  everyone has been put here with a purpose and that they can achieve work-life balance, and live a life filled with passion.

We know the trials and tribulations associated with serving the front line; we have lived and breathed it for the past 20 years. Now, we want to make a difference. We want to enrich and save lives.

With the Front Line Resiliency Project, we can. We will.