Giovanna Heron was born in Kingston, Jamaica and after completing high school she immigrated to Canada where she began attending NRCC. In university she studied engineering and science, and subsequently joined the Canadian military as an engineer officer. Military preparation as an engineer has included a broad range of unique experiences - demolitions, building bridges, building obstacle courses and training for service under a variety of extreme weather conditions. Following a personal family tragedy during which she received tremendous support from the chaplains at the base she felt God leading her to become a chaplain in order to serve military colleagues and their families through grief and PTSD counseling.
A Master of Divinity is required to be a chaplain in the military so Giovanna enrolld in the Tyndale Master of Divinity program and is now completing her Masters degree. While there she was employed as a research assistant for Tyndale Intercultural Ministries and the Salvation Army. She coauthored a report entitled “Faith & Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants & Canada up for Success”.
Giovanna is currently completing an internship at Brampton Civic Hospital where she works in Spiritual Care / Chaplaincy serving in the Palliative and Oncology units. In this role she is able to work with patients of various faith backgrounds to provide support for loss and grief, serve in opportunities for prayer and reflection, and to explore spiritual significance at times of illness or life transitions. She feels that this diversity is key in her journey to serve her country through her faith.
Giovanna was honoured in 2015 and 2016 as the recipient of the Corporal Chad O'Quinn Memorial Award, which was created in April 2015 to award annually either to one Tyndale Master of Divinity student preparing for military chaplaincy or a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran pursing ministry as a vocation.
Giovanna's NRCC family is proud of her faith, her desire to serve the Lord and her accomplishments. It's a blessing to benefit from her encouragement.
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