When Cpl. Christine Briand signed up to volunteer for a United Nations mission in Haiti, she knew she wanted to make a difference.

But at the time, the then-36-year-old officer with the RCMP’s A division didn’t know exactly how big of a difference she would make.

Nine months ago, Briand arrived to mentor Haitian National Police in their duties in the protection of minors and sexual assault unit.

But when the earth­quake hit on January 12, “I helped everywhere I went,” she said. “Whether it was putting on a bandage or giving someone water or helping someone out of a building, I did it.”