Simon Mailloux

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Simon Mailloux
Capt. Simon Mailloux.jpg
Born (1983-11-02) 2 November 1983 (age 33)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Captain
Unit Royal 22nd Regiment
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Spouse(s) Kari Pries

Captain Simon Mailloux (born November 2, 1983) is a serving officer in the Canadian Forces. He was severely injured on 16 November 2007[1] in an IED incident in Afghanistan and, as a result, his left leg was amputated. In November 2009, Mailloux redeployed to Afghanistan becoming the first Canadian amputee to deploy to a war zone as a combatant.[2]

Early years[edit]

Born in 1983 and raised in Quebec City, Quebec, he is an alumnus of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and the University of Glasgow. During the summer of 2005, he received an international exchange scholarship from the Canada Corps initiative launched by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on behalf of the Canadian International Development Agency.[3] His research took place at the École de Maintien de la Paix, of Kulikovo, and the Institut de Recherche sur le Développement, of Bamako in Mali during four months.[4]

Military career[edit]

Mailloux in Afghanistan

Upon graduation, he was posted to the 3e Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment in Valcartier, Quebec and quickly joined the deploying formation as a platoon commander. Mailloux was injured by an IED explosion on 16 November 2007 which killed two soldiers, an interpreter and wounded several others.[5] Mailloux underwent several surgeries and months of rehabilitation.[6] Following this, he was appointed Aide de Camp to the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and participated in the Presidential visit of Barack Obama to Ottawa, the 2009 visit to Haïti and the Emperor and Empress of Japan visit to Canada. In 2009, he joined the Task Force Kandahar Headquarters as a Brigade staff and later worked as a staff with the Counter-IED Task Force in Ottawa.[7] In 2013, he was appointed as one of the honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Quebec Lieutenant-Governor.[8]

The Prime Minister of Canada announced a National Day of Honour to be held across Canada on the 9th of May 2014. This celebration was to mark the end of the mission in Afghanistan and the ceremony on Parliament Hill, presented live on all major news channels, was to be Emceed by Rick Hansen, Honorary Colonel, and a representative from the Canadian Forces. On the May 6, 2014, the Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Mailloux would be the second emcee for this national event. Harper mentioned that "Captain Mailloux’s unwavering commitment to duty, country and fellow Canadian Armed Forces Veterans has earned him tremendous respect and admiration among military personnel and across Canada. His true grit, strength, sacrifice and dedication are inspirational and serve to remind us all of the fortitude required to serve as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces."[9] He is currently serving in a unit with the Royal 22nd Regiment.

Media appearances[edit]

Injured Soldier[edit]

Since February 2008, Mailloux appeared in many provincial and national media outlets explaining his experience and promoting the support of the Canadian Forces veterans. He was one of the first francophone soldier to be injured and played a similar role as Paul Franklin from Edmonton, who was injured in January 2006, in becoming a nationally known advocate for serving amputee soldiers.[10] On 2 March 2008, he participated in the popular Quebec talk show Tout le Monde en Parle[11] and was on the cover of the February 2008 edition of the magazine L'Actualité.[1] Mailloux participated in the 2012 Army Run taking place in Ottawa, Canada and won first place of the 5 km run in the Amputee category. The prize was awarded by Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army.[12]

Return to Afghanistan[edit]

When his return to Afghanistan was announced in September 2009 Mailloux made an appearance on the talk show Canada AM, the Quebec show Dumont 360, the cover of Le Soleil newspaper, CBC Newsworld,[13] the Los Angeles Times[14] and many others. Mailloux is also quoted in General Rick Hillier's book, A Soldier First, as a "young wounded lieutenant that asked if he could return with his comrades". Recently, Mailloux was heralded by a Winnipeg Free Press editorial as an example that a serious injury is not stopping a soldier from serving its country and that more place should be made for them.[15] Many questions remained on the intention the CF wanted to achieve by sending Mailloux back in Afghanistan.

Remembrance Day 2013[edit]

Mailloux was the guest of the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC for Remembrance Day 2013.[16] He was being interviewed on many different topics, but mainly to explain his story and what remembrance Day meant for him. On the same day, he was featured on the 24/60 show on Radio-Canada speaking on behalf of the injured. Mailloux was being filmed training in a gym.

Social involvement[edit]

Mailloux is frequently seen running the annual Army Run taking place in Ottawa along with other Canadian war veterans.[17] He is also involved with the Canadian Forces Soldier On program in raising funds to buy adaptative equipment for wounded soldiers across the country.[18] Mailloux has visited many injured soldiers in hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Edmonton, Quebec City and Ottawa and takes a continuing interest in activities for wounded soldiers. On 6 February 2012, Mailloux among other deserving Canadians received one of the first 60 diamond jubilee medal recognizing "his leadership within the Canadian Forces and his efforts to help the soldiers injured during the war in Afghanistan [19] which were given by the Governor General and the Prime Minister of Canada.

Mailloux was the gala dinner keynote speaker for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) during the 2013 Forum held in Edmonton.[20] Mailloux was introduced by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino, and "spoke about his experience with losing a limb in Afghanistan, how he was able to rehabilitate and eventually return to combat. His story was truly inspirational to all who attend the Forum." [21] The following year, Mailloux published an article in the Canadian Military Journal[22] in which he make recommendations to improve the return to work programs for soldiers using lessons he learned during his rehabilitation. Mailloux's experience as an amputated serving soldier is respected among the Canadian Forces and many applaud his leadership in the care of our injured and veterans as is exemplified by his academic research and public work. He is now recognized as a role-model who inspires others to overcome their injuries and push their limits.[23]

In October 2016, Mailloux was presented as one of two captains for Team Canada for the 2017 [Invictus Games] to be held in Toronto, Canada, in September 2017. [24] The [Invictus Games] were launched by HRH Prince Harry in 2014 as the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran service members. Mailloux competed in the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, in Track, Sitting Volleyball, and Rowing. At that time, he commented that Prince Harry's contribution was particularly meaningful because of his service. "For us, he's the best patron," he said. "He's also a brother in arms. He's been there with us. He understands what we've been through."[25]

Sacrifice medal[edit]

On 9 November 2009, Mailloux was among the 46 first recipients of the Sacrifice Medal awarded at Rideau Hall by the Governor General of Canada.[26]


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