|Preceded by Rainer Bloess|
Role Canadian Politician
Name Jody Mitic
|Spouse(s) Alannah Gilmore|
Constituency Innes Ward
|Born January 3, 1977 (age 38)
Kitchener, Ontario (1977-01-03) |
Books Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper
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MCpl (ret.) Jody Mitic (born January 3, 1977 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He currently serves as an Ottawa City Councillor, representing Innes Ward in Ottawa's east end. He was first elected in the 2014 municipal elections.
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Prior to entering politics, Mitic served in the Canadian Army as a sniper. He lost both of his legs in a landmine incident while fighting in the War in Afghanistan in 2007.
During his recovery, Mitic worked through some of his psychological issues with a computer program named Ellie, which tracks facial expressions and speech patterns to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
As part of his physical rehabilitation, Mitic successfully recovered and ran in an Achilles Canada 5-km run with prosthetic legs. In 2013, he and his brother Cory competed in The Amazing Race Canada, finishing in 2nd place. Following his appearance on the Amazing Race, Mitic became a motivational speaker and an advocate for wounded veterans and people with disabilities.
Mitic was elected following the departure of long-time city councillor Rainer Bloess. Mitic won with close to one third of the vote, about 1800 votes ahead of his nearest competitor, Laura Dudas.
Mitic lives with his wife and two daughters in the Chapel Hill neighbourhood of Orleans. His wife, Alannah Gilmore, had been one of the medics who treated him after his injury in Afghanistan. Mitic wrote a book about his experience in Afghanistan in a memoir titled Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper.