Natacha Dupuis was raised on the south side of Montreal and currently lives in Gatineau, Québec. During her military career, Natacha Dupuis served with the Royal Canadian Hussars, the British Columbia Regiment, and the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Her missions included providing relief during the ice storm crisis of 1998, a tour in Bosnia and 2 tours in Afghanistan. On completing her second deployment in Afghanistan Natacha was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of witnessing the death of two of her brothers-in-arms. Natacha retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 after 16 years of service. She has recently embarked on a new career as a public servant.
As an athlete, Natacha participated in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 winning two gold medals in the track and field events (100m-200m sprints) and a bronze medal at Powerlifting. Natacha was selected to serve as the Team Canada Co-Captain leading up to the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. During these recent games, she earned 3 gold medals at track and field events (100m-200m-400m sprints) and a silver medal at Indoor Rowing (1-minute race). The Invictus Games provided Natacha with the extra motivation to regain control over her injury and her life.
In honor of her fallen comrades and for the benefit of all Canadians, Natacha has chosen to share her story through different platforms and events. She hopes her example of overcoming personal tragedy will inspire others facing adversity not to give up as the world holds great surprises for those who are willing to adopt an open and positive attitude. She is also driven to educate, motivate and raise awareness around mental health.