S1 Christine d’Assylvas: Always willing to help

Navy News / January 14, 2021

Sailor First Class (S1) Christine d’Assylvas has been in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for seven years, and is a medical technician on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Québec. She knew for a long time that she wanted to join the Canadian Armed Forces, but it was her uncle, an RCN veteran, who influenced her decision to be a part of the RCN.

“I decided to join the Navy after a number of discussions with my uncle, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Neil Hesketh, who has since passed away. The stories he told me about traveling the world made me want the same experience.”

She has not regretted her choice for a second.

“The most interesting part of my work as a member of the RCN is that we have opportunities to see and do things that we would never get otherwise. I’ve been to several countries, seen breathtaking landscapes, and exceeded my own expectations in my tasks more than once.”

In Halifax, she works with various health care professionals, including military doctors and nurses, to treat people who are sick or wounded, a bit like a medical technician in a civilian hospital. However, when she is at sea, her responsibilities multiply. She is part of a small team of medical technicians who are responsible for the health of a hundred sailors in the middle of the ocean.

“I’m always willing to help people, even if that just means listening to them. I like that in the RCN, we become self-sufficient quickly, because we have a lot of responsibilities – many more than in a civilian hospital.”

“I would say to anyone thinking about a career in the RCN that you will see a new world of possibilities. The challenges are significant, but so are the benefits. If you are ready to work hard, it will be one of the best experiences of your life.”