I’m Capt Flavie Tchoko, and I was born in Cameroon. I’m the Communications and Electronics Engineer at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
My occupation involves providing telecommunications and information management services to support Canadian Armed Forces operations in Canada and abroad. Another aspect of my work is coordinating surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence communications systems.
I may also be assigned other tasks by the chain of command. For instance, I’m currently doing strategic planning for recruitment.
I enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces 13 years ago. I have four children and six grandchildren. I immigrated to Canada 26 years ago and I decided to stay here in order to give my children a better future.
What attracted me to the Forces? I was seeking permanency, as well as job stability, variety of employment and of work settings, security and good pay. My career in the Forces also enabled me to discover skills I never knew I had.
What I would say to young people is that a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, first of all, gives you the opportunity to fulfill your potential, both mentally and physically. A feeling of belonging to a big family. Esprit de corps. Travel, exploring the world. A life full of adventure.
And joining the Forces will provide you with a variety of challenges over time. As you meet each one of them, you will become a better version of yourself.