Date & Time:
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST
Almost twenty years ago, the Canadian military lifted all restrictions that limited occupations for women, and many exceptional women have risen through the ranks and continue to make a lasting impact through their service to Canada.
On May 26, True Patriot Love Foundation launched For Her Country, a new podcast that aims to inspire and educate listeners by profiling the stories, experiences and lessons of a cross section of inspirational women leaders in the Canadian military. The podcast is in honour of fallen hero and trailblazer Captain Nichola Goddard, a courageous artillery officer who became the first woman soldier to die in combat at the age of 26.
Having completed the first season of the podcast, True Patriot Love hosted a live conversation with some of the series’ guests including: Lieutenant-Colonel Eleanor Taylor, Warrant Officer Avril Jno-Baptiste-Jones and Sergeant Leslie Blair. The discussion was moderated by the host of For Her Country, Shannon Busta, and panelists shared their perspective and stories of leadership, resiliency and self-improvement.
Shannon Busta is an award-winning digital journalist based in Toronto. Prior to joining The New York Times she worked at The Globe and Mail as a video producer and audience strategist. She holds an Executive MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business and a Master of Journalism from Ryerson University. She loves running, cycling and spending time outdoors with her partner Sam Riches.
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Eleanor Taylor is a native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
She spent 25 years as a regular force infantry officer, where she worked with Special Operations Forces Command.
Eleanor has completed multiple deployments overseas – among them Kosovo and Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010, during which she led operations with soldiers from the Canadian, US, and Afghan armies. At that time in 2010, Eleanor was the only female to lead a NATO infantry combat sub-unit in Afghanistan.
While no longer full time, she still enjoys serving the Canadian Armed Forces in support of 36 Brigade Group HQ in Halifax N.S.
In 2019 she was invested into the Order of Military Merit which recognizes exceptional service.
Now, she runs Eleanor Taylor Consulting, a company that supports the development of teams and leaders who thrive in adversity.
Eleanor lives in Halifax, with her two children.