Lynne Rusk B. Sc. (Hons), RMP, CRT, M Ht, PLT
After graduating University with a B.Sc Honours degree, Lynne started her public service career working for the Ministry of Natural Resources as a park warden. Lynne later began volunteering with a local police service as an auxiliary officer and was subsequently offered full time employment as a police officer. Lynne had a debilitating back injury during the course of her employment but after surgery was able to resume her duties as a police officer. Lynne went on to work at two additional municipal services.
In 2005, while on duty, Lynne was involved in a life threatening incident, in which a person attempted to cause serious bodily harm and/or death to her while in the performance of her duties as a police officer. During this incident Lynne used her firearm to protect her own life. Within weeks the individual died while in jail custody. The individual was willing due to their mental state to co-operate with medical treatment. During the course of this investigation Lynne has had personal experience with the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Coroners Inquest, media scrutiny and exposure to the effects of social media around the World upon her personal reputation as a female officer in a historically male-dominated occupation, as well as the side-effects of social media upon her own family and children.
Lynne has a unique perspective about having to deal with post-traumatic stress:
- she has been involved in a serious shooting incident herself and has since retired from policing as the result of post-traumatic stress.
- she is married to a police officer who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, as a result of having been shot in the line of duty.
- she is the mother to a child who has been diagnosed with autism and post-traumatic stress.
Lynne hopes to raise the profile of Badge of Life Canada as the predominant organizational voice regarding operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention on behalf of all police (sworn/civilian) and correctional personnel across Canada who still struggle in silence.
Lynne is a certified traumatic stress specialist, a licensed lay worship leader with the United Church of Canada, as well as a certified police chaplain. Lynne is working towards her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Lynne developed our S.O.L.E. Sistas and Hero's Call weekend workshops and actively finds way to assist those with OSI's.