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Mary Ann Barber

Captain (Retired) Mary Ann Barber began her Nursing Officer career in the Canadian Armed Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan, enrolling in June 1997. Upon graduation the University of Ottawa in 2000, she was posted to Canadian Forces Base Edmonton where she began her career working as a new grad nurse in the ER at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and in a variety of military environments. Captain Barber deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Critical Care Nursing Officer as part of the Unit Medical Station in Velika Kladusa in September 2002. Upon her return in April 2003 she began working in the ICU, and was promptly deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan from January to July 2005.

Upon her return she was posted to Kingston, Ontario, where she became the team leader for the Care Delivery Unit at the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2007 she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for 4 months, returned home for 8 months and then returned to the Role 3 in Kandahar in January 2008. Upon her return from Afghanistan in September 2008, she continued to fly our critically wounded soldiers home from Germany to Canada until 2010. She was posted in the summer of 2010 to Geilenkirchen, Germany until November 2011 when she was posted to Ottawa. Capt Barber worked at Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa until the summer of 2013 when she was posted to Canadian Forces Base Borden. At the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre, Capt Barber managed the Medical Technician Qualification Level 5 programs, the Basic Medical Officer Courses, the Primary Care Nurse Courses and the Basic Nursing Officer Courses. She also taught on the Physician Assistant Courses, and on all clinical courses conducted at the training centre.

Capt Barber was medically released for PTSD in February 2018 after 20 years of service. She was featured in the “I Am War” documentary aired on the History Channel in November 2017, and remains an active advocate for mental health illness awareness. She currently lives in Wasaga Beach and enjoys travelling, and hiking with her two big dogs and will finish her Masters of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program in the summer of 2018.

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