Support for Military Families

Support for Military Families

PMFRC Family Advocacy Coordinator

(Image source: Chris Quigley)

Meet Chris Quigley! In this video, Chris will introduce herself and her role at the PMFRC. Chris can be contacted by e-mail at

What you should know about the PMFRC Family Advocacy Coordinator and Mental Health Team:
  1. We are a team to support military families and their Mental Health. We are able to see children and individual family members, including the non-military spouse. We can see couples if one of the pair is a civilian and we are able to make referrals to the military member for their own Mental Health supports through the local Garrison.
  2. The Mental Health team offers single and walk-in sessions (which are now mostly virtual during the pandemic) as a means of supporting families. These sessions do not need a full in-take, and are there as a support to families who are trying to identify how to move forward in their situations.
  3. The Mental Health Team and Advocacy Office can help navigate resources for families regarding their specific needs. The team is able to make referrals to a variety of supports including, but not limited to: vision therapy, occupational therapy and assessment supports.
  4. The Family Advocacy Coordinator is able to assist with Special Needs funding supports through the Support Our Troops program.
  5. To reach the Mental Health team, please connect with our Family Advocacy Coordinator by email at or by phone at (613) 687-2104 ext. 224. Having a conversation together may be the start to finding what it is you are looking for in the community and surrounding area to support your family. Whether you are new to Petawawa or have been around for a longer time, we are here to help.

Provincial Special Needs & Inclusion Program

The Petawawa MFRC is part of the Provincial Special Needs & Inclusion Program. MFRCs in Ontario are working together to offer more consistent programs and support for military families with special needs across the province, and to share resources. The Provincial Lead for this program is Orlana Bourgoin, based at the Trenton MFRC.  Orlana can be reached by e-mail at

Other Resources:
Flipbook Facebook Group - Provincial Special Needs & Inclusion Program: this page includes resources and program links from the Special Needs & Inclusion staff at all MFRCs in Ontario

PSP Community Recreation 

Image source: PSP

Top things to know about PSP Community Recreation:
  1. PSP Community Recreation runs out of the following facilities in Petawawa, ON:
  • Recreation Complex: 30 Festubert Blvd. 
  • South Side Community Centre: 1578 Wolfe Ave. 
  • Dundonald Hall (Aquatics): 57 Festubert Blvd. 
  • Army Fitness Centre (Gymnastics): 3 Festubert Blvd. 
2.  Contact Christina Slaney, Recreation Supervisor, if you are looking for information regarding recreation programming for children, youth and/or adults with exceptional needs. 
3.  PSP Community Recreation primarily runs programming for children and youth ages 3-16. However, we also run adult programming and we are continuing to develop and implement programming for an older demographic. Therefore, we encourage adults with exceptional needs to access our programming, such as fitness and gymnastics. 
4.  PSP Community Recreation strives for all of our programming to be inclusive. Some of our programs include day camps, before and after school club, youth centre, gymnastics, swim lessons and fitness classes! We aim to provide an environment that is safe, fun and inclusive for everyone. We also provide two programs that are exclusive to families with exceptional needs:  Play My Way and Sensory Aquatic Program. 
  • Play My Way: This program is designed for you and your child with exceptional needs to connect with families facing similar circumstances. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in recreation in a small group setting. 
  • Sensory Aquatic Program: This swim session is exclusively for families with exceptional needs. Enjoy family time while splashing in the pool in a small group setting. Lifeguards will be on duty. 
5.  One of our Recreation Supervisors, Christina Slaney, helps our team develop programming that is suited to our participants with exceptional needs. Chrissy works closely with families to help ensure they are able to attend our programming by helping them access resources such as funding and program supports. 
6.  PSP Community Recreation works with several community partners as well as provincial and national organizations to help ensure that we have the funding and support necessary to run quality programming. Some of these partners include, but are not limited to: local organizations based in Petawawa and Pembroke, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, County of Renfrew and Integration Services, Support our Troops and Autism Ontario. 
7.  Our program staff are trained to meet the unique needs of all of our participants, including those with exceptional needs. Our Supervisors and Coordinators work closely with front-line staff to ensure that they are comfortable, confident and capable in their roles as Recreation Leaders and Support Workers. 

For more information about PSP Special Needs Programming, contact:
Chrissy Slaney
Supervisor, Special Needs Programming
Telephone: (613) 687-5511 ext. 2822

For more information, contact:
Brittney Robbins
Community Recreation Coordinator
Telephone: (613) 687-5511 ext. 2819
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PSP Aquatics 

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For more information, contact:
Marie Lemelin
Aquatic Coordinator
Personnel Support Programs (PSP)
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Service (CFMWS)
Phone: (613) 687-5511 ext. 5305


Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (CFMAP)

The CFMAP is a partnership between the Department of National Defence (DND) and Health Canada's Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Health Directorate Employee Assistance Services (EAS). The CFMAP offers confidential, voluntary, short term counselling to assist with resolving many of today's stresses at home and in the work place. The CFMAP should not be regarded as treatment for mental illness or addictions.

SISIP Financial Services
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
  • Insurance
  • Financial Counselling
  • Financial Planning
14 Ypres Blvd.
Petawawa, ON
K8H 1C6
Telephone: (613) 687-0025


Support Our Troops

Support Our Troops is the official charitable cause of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Resources include Special Needs Grants, the National Summer Camp Program, and Ill and Injured Support (financial support for Veterans and Serving Members).

If you would like assistance to complete the paperwork, required documents and an application for Support Our Troops funding, you can contact Annette at the PMFRC! Chris is available to help families in the Petawawa area with Special Needs Grants and Summer Camp funding. You can reach Annette by e-mail at 

Family Information Line (FIL)
1-800-866-4546 (International 00-800-771-17722)

The Family Information (FIL) is a confidential, personal, bilingual and free service offering information, support, referrals, reassurance and crisis management to the military community. We serve Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families- immediate and extended.

Our counsellors are a team of helping professionals. As trained counsellors, we’re here to support you in a safe space. If you have any questions about us and/or the services we provide just call or email: Also, you can check out our FAQs for examples of questions we are asked. You are not alone!

Question of the Day

As a family living in Renfrew County with exceptional needs, what challenges do you feel are unique to you, because you are a military or veteran family?  
Share your answer using the feedback form below.

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