Realtor, Federal Corrections Officer, Public Speaker and Service Dog Trainer
Realtor®, Federal Corrections Officer, Public Speaker, and Service Dog Trainer
JP Phaneuf is a successful Realtor®, Federal Corrections officer, public speaker, and service dog trainer for veterans with PTSD. Previously, he was in the Canadian Armed Forces and was involved in an overseas deployment in the Persian Gulf region and then proceeded to a career in Emergency Medicine as a Paramedic with BC Ambulance Service and a Volunteer Firefighter with two departments. JP’s experience with Occupational Stress Injury resulted from cumulative injuries from all these front line experiences.
JP unfortunately didn’t receive the appropriate care and assistance from previous employers which necessitated his resignation from these career paths. When the same damaging experiences began to unfold with his current employer, a series of successful interventions created an environment where JP was able to return to the workplace successfully with the assistance of his Certified Service Dog “Jenga”.
As a result of JP’s journey, he has embarked on a mission to break the stigma of PTSD/OSI in Law Enforcement and in business in general. He is publicly sharing his journey and enjoys speaking to Military Veterans, Law Enforcement, First Responders and management groups seeking assistance on collaborative accommodations and inclusiveness in the workplace. JP has been an example of how it is possible to be a productive and valued member of the team even while coping with a trauma induced diagnosis. JP Phaneuf recently started to enjoy life again and strives to show others that you can live life with a disability and/or a Service Dog. JP exemplifies the warrior spirit that has been ingrained in him through his training: Never give up the fight.
JP Phaneuf’s presentation “Cumulative Stress Injuries from the Front Line” is a frank discussion on the gaps in organizational mental health support, the downward spiral into darkness, successful interventions and the journey to return to a “new” normal life with the help of a motorcycle and a Service Dog.