Bio – Sylvio Gravel
Staff Sergeant (Ret’d.) Sylvio (Syd) A Gravel, M.O.M.
Syd Gravel, a former Staff Sergeant from the Ottawa Police Service with 31 years’ experience, is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle – a post-shooting trauma team of peers, first established in 1988. Syd is an over 25 year PTSD survivor and has been a peer supporter since 1988.
In 2007, he was nominated and inducted by his peers and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, for the Order of Merit in Policing, Canada.
Since his retirement he has devoted all his time and energy to addressing the development of resilience and resistance to trauma and peer support within the emergency and enforcement environments, including the writing of his two books, “56 Seconds” and “How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support”.
Syd is a Special Advisor to the MDSC on Peer Support.