Ottawa, ON – TryCycle Data Systems is proud to announce the appointment of Wendy Jocko to its Board of Directors.

Having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years, Wendy retired as a sergeant in 2002 after a career as a supply technician and as a NATO Peacekeeper, completing tours in Bosnia and Croatia from 1993-98. Service to her country and community has always been an important part of her life.

Wendy continues to champion causes close to her heart. She currently serves as the Indigenous Liaison with Innovation7, an Indigenous organization focusing on consultation and reconciliation, and as a committee member with the Assembly of First Nations Veterans Council. As member and former Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Wendy guided her community through the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic and toward a future of self-government.

Wendy’s passion for service is deeply rooted in her heritage. From a young age, she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps, a line of warriors dating back to the War of 1812 and connected to Algonquin Grand Chief Constant Pinesi. Her uncles served in the First World War, and her mother, father and his five brothers fought in the Second World War. Her late son served in the Royal Canadian Regiment.

“When I learned about TryCycle’s commitment to improving mental health supports for Canada’s veterans, I knew it was an organization I could be proud to be part of,” said Jocko. “I’m looking forward to getting started and helping steer TryCycle on its exciting road ahead.”

This fall, TryCycle is launching The Burns Way, a new mental health app made specifically for Canada’s veterans. The app will give veterans across the country instant access to peer support and wellness services.

“We are thrilled and humbled that someone as highly regarded in the Indigenous and veterans’ space such as Wendy has agreed to join TryCycle’s Board of Directors,” said CEO Brett Merriman. “Her knowledge, experience, unparalleled dedication to service, and extensive leadership experience will be invaluable as we continue our mission to make mental health care more accessible, effective and equitable, particularly for Indigenous People.”

About TryCycle Data Systems:
Established in 2017, TryCycle is an Ottawa tech company bridging the gap between digital software and human connection. Its mission is to empower at-risk communities and vulnerable populations with accessible digital solutions to enhance well-being and build capacity, especially for those facing mental illness, substance use, suicide, depression, or loneliness. TryCycle was named one of Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company 2024 and Best Ottawa Business 2023.

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