Nomination Date: 28/03/2019
Kimberly Fawcett Smith is a decorated officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and resident in Scarborough Southwest. In her military career she was the first and only woman in Canadian history to have served in a war zone with a prosthetic leg (Afghanistan), an injury she sustained while on duty.
After earning her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and becoming licensed in demolitions, Kimberly began her military career as a Combat Engineer and served in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2008. She was awarded the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Command Commendation for her role with the JTF2 Special Forces Special Operations Task Force during her first tour of duty in 2002. Kimberly has also served all over North America including the High Arctic. She has received numerous commendations and awards for her service.
After recovering from her injuries and gaining her prosthetic, Kimberly became an internationally ranked paratriathlete and founder of ParAthletes of Canada. She has been a tireless advocate for women with disabilities. Kimberly has been featured on many sports casts and even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 as part of Oprah’s ‘Superwoman’ episode alongside the release of Alicia Keyes’ single “Superwoman”. She was also the recipient of the CTV’s Amazing Person of the Year award in 2012, was inducted into the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Hall of Fame, and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As Kimberly runs for MP, she looks forward to continuing her advocacy work and helping all armed forces members current and retired, while bringing responsible government to Ottawa.