By Lisa Nault, Army Public Affairs
Antigonish, Nova Scotia — Lieutenant Colonel Eleanor Taylor never set out to be a pioneer. What she did want as a Grade Eleven student in 1994 was to find an exciting career. And when she stumbled across a Royal Military College pamphlet in her high school guidance counsellor’s office, her path to becoming a trailblazer in the Canadian Army (CA) was set in motion.
Her first stop was a visit to a recruiting centre, which helped steer her toward becoming an infantry officer. “I liked the idea of being on the front lines,” recalls LCol Taylor. “But I had no concept that it wasn’t something that a lot of women did.”
Once LCol Taylor was in, she was all in. “What inspired me was the people and the leadership. The sense of belonging, it was intoxicating to me. The sense that I was working toward something greater than myself and that it was hard.”
So hard in fact, LCol Taylor failed one phase of the Infantry Officer Training. If anything, this setback just inspired her to work harder. At the age of 23, LCol Taylor left on her first deployment to Kosovo as a platoon commander.
“So once you realize that not only is it possible, but you are maybe kind of good at it, it’s really empowering,” LCol Taylor remembers, about coming into her own as an officer.
LCol Taylor went on to serve in several different capacities throughout her exciting and challenging 25-year career. She was an aide to General Rick Hillier…