At 19 years old, Jon joined the military to work in communication in the
army for 4 years. This led to his a remuster to logistics where he was a
member of Special Operation Forces. For 6 years his assignments were on
a ‘need to know’ basis—nationally and in Iraq.
On his return, he transitioned to employment that allowed him to continue
to serve Canadians, but outside the camouflage uniform. He became a
police officer in a major city in Canada.
As Jon dedicated himself to others, he showed signs of mental fatigue.
After serving the country for over fifteen years, Jon was diagnosed with
Post-traumatic stress disorder due to what he was exposed to as a result of
his work (abroad and inside our country).
During this dark time, he chose to show the world the inside of the mind of
someone suffering from PTS(I) due to his service. His book, Operation:
Wired Differently was written and published.
The challenges of healing were harder than he expected: he was put
through multiple types of therapies, to finally gain enough knowledge to
make peace with the past.
This was the start of his mental health advocacy in various countries. Jon
participated in many podcasts and blogs, and was asked by multiple
specialists his views on the matter. He has presented in both official
languages of Canada, focusing on peer support, mental health, and
He began a proactive project creating logo-ed clothing to raise funds for
various groups. His goal: to get rid of the stigma within the uniform, and
within civilian populations. But he wanted more.
Unable to return to his former life of service of protecting the community, he
decided to advocate and take care of others so that they don’t have to
experience the hardships he went through. In order to continue to help
others, Jon enrolled at the Life Coach School of Brooke Castillo; his
certification followed. His experience in the military and on the streets as an
officer qualifies him as being able to handle myriad situations with a
combination of deep compassion and stealth organizational excellence.
Jon’s lifelong passion for the arts—including poetry which he
writes—complements his boots-on-the-ground skills. Jon is married and an
active father to two young boys. He has learned to prioritize his family,
manage his complex stress injury, and continue his service to others
through consistent and healthy dedication.
My name is Victoria Chhay and I am proud supporter of Wired Differently and all that they stand for with regards to mental health and vbeing the best version of ourselves. I strive to make the world a better place by living a life where I both am selfless and kind towards others but also don't forget about my mental health; I need to be at my best version of me before I can help others.
I enjoy being active, cooking and eating dood that makes my heart happy and being with those who love me. You can find me lifting heavy ovjects for fun, camping and exploring the local winners. I have learned a lot from the Wired Differently Team and have seen them support people around me. I am so lucky to have linked up with such a positive and meaningful organization.
My name is Marcus Jefferson or as I am known to my comrades in the French Foreign Legion, Michael Jordan. I am a Canadian expatriate and French Foreign Legion Veteran. April 15th 2023 I start at the Arctic Ocean and marching south to the Pacific Coast, then to the East Coast along the Trans Canada Trail. After reaching the east coast, I will march back to my home town of Windsor, Ontario. This will be a 27,000 km World Record march. I am a trauma Survivor and mental health visonary. Giving back to my great nation one step at a time. Suffer And Reward !
My name is Belle (Isabelle),
I am passionate on all realms of mental health and physical health. As humans we are all connected by energy and it affects all aspects of our lives like dominoes.
I met Jon through being an ambassador with MHI and instantly we connected like long lost siblings which was pretty crazy amazing. It’s how I found so much community, like minded people, a supportive family that I did not know was possible to find or that I needed. A true blessing! Being raised by a family in service both in uniform/public servants (CAN/USA) I was shown the world differently and witness the raw struggles and dangers people had to go through everyday. Just like my own life experiences / situations that were out my control leading to depression, emotional trauma, PTSD, Insomnia, grief and all the questions unanswered. Somehow I always wanted to deep dive in the uncomfortable to heal, to forgive, to understand and to live again. It allowed me to become the person I am today.