June 17, 2014 3:37 pm

Edmonton-based soldier dies in motorcycle crash

Sgt. Ginette Gauthier, killed in a motorcycle crash on June 16, 2014

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EDMONTON – A soldier from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters, based in Edmonton, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near Medicine Lake, Alberta at 8 p.m. Monday.

The Canadian Forces says the soldier was Sgt. Ginette Gauthier.

Gauthier was staying at the Snaring River Campground in Jasper National Park , taking part in a unit-led activity, and was scheduled to return to Edmonton on Tuesday.

She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and was a  resource management clerk.

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Sgt. Gauthier served in Afghanistan and the Sinai Peninsula. She also participated in the military response to the June 2013 flooding in southern Alberta.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The local RCMP detachment is currently investigating.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Gauthier at this very difficult time,” said Brig.-Gen. David Anderson, commander of the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.

“She was a dedicated, hard-working soldier who loved to ride and whose vibrant presence will be missed within our headquarters.  The people of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group are very close-knit and we will be there to support each other and that of Sgt. Gauthier’s own family to the maximum extent possible.”


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