President & Founder
In 2013, Deanna retired after 16 years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With the creation of the War Horse Awareness Foundation, Deanna is determined to pass on “Tools in the Toolbox” to frontline service providers to assist those struggling with occupational stress injuries. She is a Special Advisor to the Peer Support Services of the Mood Disorder Society of Canada, a certified equine-assisted personal development coach and a certified meditation teacher. In April 2015, Deanna’s memoir was released by HarperCollins. Her book, “Damage Done: A Mountie’s Memoir” chronicles her experiences in the RCMP, her struggles with depression and PTSD, the creation of the War Horse Awareness Foundation and her passion to continue to help others.
Tamara has been with the Grande Prairie Fire Department as a dispatcher since 1998 and received the Dispatcher of the Year Award in 2007 and 2011. She became a Dispatch Supervisor in April 2013. As a graduate from the Leadership Institute in May 2012, Tamara has had the opportunity to explore leadership and communication skills through horsemanship and how it relates to humans. Tamara is an EAPD (Equine Assisted Personal Development) Coach and uses her skills to demonstrate leadership and life skills to first responders and school students.
Having a lifelong passion for horses, Shelley had a true appreciation for how horses can have a significant role in bringing healing to our lives. It was that connection to the horses and wanting to share that with others that brought her to the War Horse Awareness Foundation. Fondly referring to time spent with her horses as “horse therapy”, Shelley enjoys working with and learning from her wonderful equine partners on her acreage near Sherwood Park, Alberta. Shelley also brings an extensive background in accounting and bookkeeping to War Horse and is responsible for the financial reporting of the Foundation.
Kjara is a registered Osteopath and fitness/yoga instructor and has had a lifelong passion with health, wellness and also horses. She is married to a BC ambulance paramedic and sees first hand in her practice the effects of occupation stress injuries. As an Osteopath she is well educated in the biological and neurological effects of trauma and how it changes when exposed to extreme and or long term stress. She has seen first hand the healing effects that working and learning with horses can have on individuals and their systems. She is trained in equine assisted wellness and is passionate about empowering all individuals with the tools and education of how to reclaim and regulate their systems by finding their personal balance.