Wendy Hayward grew up in Germany, and was the daughter, wife and then mother of a soldier. Tragically on July 18, 2008 she lost her son Cpl James Hayward Arnal while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. Inspired by her son, she designed and launched a foundation called Carpe Diem 88 in his memory and honour. In concert with the CLMF, together they raised funds to train and purchase a mine detection dog named Jimmy who is currently clearing land in Bosnia.
Wendy is an advocate for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Support Our Troops, Seize The Day Cadet Scholarship, Live Different, Royal Canadian Legions and the Canadian War Museum. She served her country for six months at the Kandahar Air Force Base in Afghanistan and was awarded the General Service Medal for serving Tim Horton’s coffee to NATO Forces. She also spent eight months serving cadets at the RCMP Training Academy and travelled to Mexico to build a house for a homeless family with her son Andrew and his fiance Heather.
Wendy took an early retirement from a successful and lucrative career in bank management after she lost her son. She calls Winnipeg home and is currently writing a book between adventures to help others.
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