A 20 year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Sniper Team Leader, Jody Mitic lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty overseas. After only a few short months of rehabilitation, Jody was up and walking again. A year after his injury, Jody made national media headlines here at home when he completed the Achilles 5km run on two prosthetic legs, following that, he completed the Canada Army Run half marathon. Not only was Jody’s accomplishment a personal milestone on his road to recovery but it also became a major event that helped inspire change in how the military views and handles injured veterans and their ability to be of service.
In 2013, Jody continued to push himself harder, competing in the Amazing Race Canada’s first season with his younger brother, Cory. Jody and his brother finished in second place, and people from across the country took the time to tell him he had become a model of perseverance, strength and hope for Canadians.
A recognized and sought-after motivational speaker and role model for Canadians, Jody is a respected advocate for wounded veterans, people with disabilities and amputees. He founded the Never Quit Foundation and sat on the Board of Directors of ‘Won with One’. He has also helped raise upwards of a million dollars for numerous local and national charities.
Jody and his wife Alannah, who grew up in Blackburn Hamlet, have a fun and busy home in Chapel Hill South with their two daughters, Aylah and Kierah, two big dogs Charlie and Riley and two cats Nick Fury and Max.
In October 2014, Jody was elected City Councillor for Innes Ward, representing nearly 40,000 constituents at Ottawa City Hall.