Alberta Police Advisor
War Horse Awareness Foundation
Deanna retired after 16 years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After sustaining an on-duty injury that abruptly ended her operational career, Deanna went through a bout of Major Depression. A few years later she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to professional counseling (including EMDR), Deanna has experienced the benefits of working with horses, yoga, meditation, journaling and other alternative healing modalities. In 2010, Deanna organized an operational stress injury symposium where a variety of organizations came together to share information and discuss these types of injuries. Shortly after, realizing the need for support and information she founded a non-profit organization called War Horse Awareness Foundation. The War Horse Awareness Foundation continues to organize the annual operational stress injury symposiums and other events, which assist and provide information to frontline service providers. Deanna infuses her experience of being a certified equine assisted coach and certified meditation teacher into her symposiums and retreats. In April 2015, Deanna’s memoir was released by HarperCollins. Her National Bestselling 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. In addition to her own foundation, Deanna is proud to be the Alberta Representative for Badge of Life Canada and a member of the Peer and Trauma Support Systems Team for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada.