The team line-up for Invictus Team Canada 2020 was revealed and celebrated in a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall on 5 February 2020.
The team of 30 former and currently serving Canadian Armed Forces members will compete at The Hague, Netherlands this year from 6 to 16 May. They will be competing against more than 500 competitors from 20 nations taking part in ten adaptive sports.
Two CME family members were selected; WO Raymond Burke and Sgt Jeffery Dockesy. The CMEA and the entire CME Family wish them the best of luck in the Games.
WO Raymond Burke, Geomatic Technician
During his 31 year military career, Ray spent 18 years as Medical Technician before changing to his current occupation. He has had numerous deployments throughout his long career including Bosnia, Croatia, Kuwait and three tours in Afghanistan. He was intrigued and inspired by a friend who competed in Invictus 2017 and decided to apply for the 2020 games.
Ray believes physical activity is an important part of physical and mental health. He is using Invictus as a platform for motivation and a way to maintain and improve himself. He is currently inspired by the strength and resilience of his teammates. Ray has a daughter in Law School in the Quebec City area. He is both proud and humbled to represent Canada at Invictus 2020.
Sgt Jeffrey Docksey, Geomatic Technician
During his 27 years in the Army, Jeffrey worked in several occupations with the opportunity to deploy to the Golan Heights, Cyprus, Afghanistan, and twice to Bosnia. His career highlights include representing Canadian Peacekeepers in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation in 1988 and working with the U.S. Marine Corps for three months in 1997. His injury has humbled him and led him to becoming more self-aware and compassionate of others due to his belief that:
”Everything happens for a reason and eventually you’ll find out why."
As a child, Jeffrey dreamed of participating in the Olympics and the Invictus Games 2020 are his chance to represent Canada in a sporting event on the international stage, something that he had always hoped to do.Jeff has worked for the 08155 peer support program for the past 8 years. He credits a great deal of his continuing recovery to the love and support of his wife Mariette.