When I arrived in Grade 10, CDS lit a fire under me,” says Andrew Bernardo ’02. “I had been an average student, but with the small classes and great teachers, I dove into all my subjects, especially the social sciences. Debate and discussion were encouraged in every class, mixed with respect for others. So much dialogue with fellow students and with your teachers really influences who you become.”
Who did Andrew become? Working mainly in government, he has split his time as a policy and communications executive, serving in Director levels in both métiers. After stints at the Departments of Justice, Veterans Affairs, National Defence, and Foreign Affairs, and then at Southlake Regional Health Centre, he landed at the Office of the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsmen as Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs.
A single thread runs through all of his work: strategic advisory in public sector policy and communications with an emphasis on the rights and wellness of people.