Anouk joined the 3rd Field Engineer Regiment, based in Westmount, in 2000, where she served as a Combat Engineer. She then joined an Information Operation unit based on CFB Longue Pointe in 2004, where she served as a PSYOPS Analyst until 2009. Anouk deployed to Bosnia in 2002, with 5th Engineer Regiment, where she was victim of a jeep accident while on a mission. This is where and when her pain journey began. Anouk also deployed as a PSYSOP analyst in Afghanistan in 2007-2008, where she patrolled the province of Kandahar to meet the local population on the "Hearts and Minds" campaign. She retired from the CAF as a Sergeant in 2010.
During her military career, Anouk completed a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Laval University and a master’s degree in international studies from University of Montreal. After her time in the CAF, Anouk was employed as a Humanitarian worker for various organizations in many countries affected by war and natural disasters. She worked for the United Nations, Development Alternative Inc, the Canadian Red Cross, the IFRC and other non-profits in the Caribbean, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. In 2015, Anouk participated in an expedition to Antarctica with the True Patriot Love Foundation to raise funds for ill and injured Veterans transitioning to civilian life. Anouk's humanitarian career came to an end in 2016, following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder linked to her mission in Afghanistan. This is also when she decided to seriously take care of her pain management with a team of professionals back in Canada.
Anouk is now a manager in Corporate Security at Bank of Canada and lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.