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Dillon Hillier

Dillon Hillier
Dillon Hillier was born on July 3rd, 1988, in Ottawa and grew up with his parents and siblings, Russell, Chelsea and Clayton first in Carleton Place and then Perth. Following high school Hillier worked in the construction industry in the Ottawa area until he decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces for which he embarked on a lengthy recruitment process. In late 2009, Hillier completed basic training and basic infantry qualification (battle school) in Shilo Manitoba and became an official member of the 2nd battalion PPCLI. In June 2013 he deployed on the last rotation to Afghanistan after which he decided to leave the military. After returning home from Afghanistan and upon finalizing his official release from the army in 2014, Hillier moved to Calgary to find work. Having worked with a concrete company and then building bridges in Alberta’s Northern oil patch, Hillier then found a job decommissioning industrial facilities. In late October of 2015, Hillier decided to embark on his trip to Iraq to fight ISIS and began his preparations. He left for Iraq in early November 2015 and quickly found himself on the frontlines of the war with ISIS. Hillier returned to Canada February 1st, 2016, and after completing a two-month internship with Foundation Markets -- a small investment bank in Canada – he is now employed full-time in a career he truly loves.

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