Todd Burns, CD, MSW
WWC Ambassador, Nova Scotia
Born and raised in Glace Bay, NS, Todd joined the CF as an Administration Clerk in December 1982. As an Administration Clerk, Todd served in many locations: Bagotville, PQ, Lahr, West Germany, National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, HMCS NIPIGON and CFB Halifax, NS. He was promoted to Sergeant and then employed as the Regular Support Staff (RSS) and Chief Clerk to 35 Service Battalion in Sydney. During his time in Sydney, Todd completed a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies degree from the University College of Cape Breton.
Following his posting to Sydney he was posted to CFB Gagetown where he served as the Chief Clerk of the Base Technical Services Branch. During this time, he attended St. Thomas University as a part time student working towards a Bachelor of Social Work degree. In 1998, Todd took a one year Leave without Pay to attend university as a full time student and study to complete his Bachelor of Social Work degree and subsequently won a complete tuition scholarship to attend the University of Maine to study a Master of Social Work degree.
Upon completion of his MSW degree Todd was commissioned as a Social Work Officer and was shortly after promoted to the rank of Captain. He left the Regular Force in 2003 and worked on a Class B contract as the Base Return To Work Coordinator at CFB Gagetown.
In 2006 he was selected to serve as the Adjutant of the National Support Element in Kandahar, Afghanistan for Roto 3 in February 2007. Following his tour in Afghanistan he became the Manager of the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in Gagetown and joined the Royal New Brunswick Regiment.
He released from the reserves in 2010 and relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he became the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Officer at Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic).
He has two operational tours, one with the Standing Naval Force Atlantic and one with the National Support Element in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He has received his CD, Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Special Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Star.
Todd’s complete career has been dedicated to helping his fellow service members as well as the ill and injured. As the Nova Scotia Provincial Coordinator, he remains dedicated to helping and supporting those who have been wounded or injured in the service of Canada.
Todd currently resides in Dartmouth, NS with his wife of 30 years, Laurie. They have two children; Jessica and Courtney.