The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) is a family governed, federally funded, not for profit, partner organization with charitable status. The PMFRC is privileged to have an engaged, involved and dynamic Board of Directors whose role is to set the overall policy and establish the long-term goals of the organization. The Board’s vision, mission and ideas guide the day-to-day operations of the staff through the Executive Director. Our By-laws dictate that 51 percent of our voting Board members must be spouses or partners of military members.
The PMFRC envisions a strong, capable, connected military community.
To provide exceptional support to our military families and surrounding communities.
Julia Graydon, Chair - Member since 2014
Julia joined the Board of Directors in the fall of 2014 and has been the Board Chair since November 2018. Julia has been a military spouse for over 20 years and has three children ages 13, 16 and 17. Throughout those years, Julia and her family have been posted to Petawawa on three separate occasions and have grown to love the community and all it has to offer. Recently her husband Will retired after 28 years of service and they have decided to settle down in Petawawa.
As a teacher for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board, Julia has taught at St. Francis of Assisi School both on the Garrison and in the town for eight of the last 14 years. Teaching kindergarten up to Grade 8, she has tremendous experience educating military children and has a great appreciation for the unique challenges and blessings associated with military life. Julia is currently a Principal at St. John Bosco School in Barry’s Bay.
Julia possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an Honours degree in History, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning from the University of Prince Edward Island.
With three very active children, Julia’s pastimes revolve around hockey rinks, soccer fields and dance studios throughout the Valley.
Andrea Davies, Vice Chair - Member since 2016
Andrea became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016 and is presently on the Executive in the position of Vice-Chair as well as the Chairperson of the Governance Committee.
She is a military spouse, a US navy brat, a former army reservist and has three adorable, inquisitive, energetic children that make life interesting and busy. Several members of her family have served or are currently serving in the military in both Canada and the United States.
Andrea loves to camp, be out in nature, kayak, hike snowshoe and garden. She has a passion for healthy cooking, fitness and baking ‘with love.’ Andrea also loves to travel off the beaten path, try new foods and learn about different cultures. She is a volunteer Girl Guide leader with a goal to inspire young girls to be amazing.
While serving on the Board of Directors, Andrea has had the opportunity to help edit and make PMFRC’s policies more user-friendly. She went on to participate in a National conference where she provided feedback on the changing governance policies of all MFRC’s across Canada. Finally, she has helped develop documents that provide more oversight and structure to our Board meetings including a balanced scorecard.
Since graduating from University, Andrea has worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in Renfrew County for the Ontario Government. As such, she is familiar both with the unique needs of the area and the services of the PMFRC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and has a College Certificate in the Fundamentals of Correctional Practices.
As a side note, Andrea is a self - described hippie who loves love, birds and the earth.
Elizabeth Addicott, Secretary - Member since 2018
Elizabeth joined the Board of Directors in May 2018 as the Secretary. She is a military spouse who also has several family members who both currently serve or who are retired members of the Canadian Forces. Elizabeth has lived in Petawawa most her life and calls this community home. She loves to spend time around water, reading, traveling, playing cards with family or going on long walks with her husband and dog.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in History and Religion, and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Elizabeth has previous experience working as a executive member of her union local unit, as an Occasional Teacher Councilor.
Elizabeth has worked for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board since 2011 as an educator at various schools across the county. She has spent several years working in Petawawa and Pembroke where she has gained more insight into military life through the eyes of her students. Currently, Elizabeth works as a Kindergarten Teacher in the Madawaska Valley. She is looking forward to bringing her experiences as an educator, as a previous union member, and as a local volunteer to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre.
Janna joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2018. She has been a military spouse for eight years, and a part of the Petawawa military community for five. She is mother to three busy military children, ages 15, 12 and 5.
Janna Hotson, Treasurer - Member since 2018
Janna has been a nurse for seventeen years and has worked throughout Ontario's health system in various leadership roles, focusing on building improvements to healthcare quality and delivery. Since 2016 Janna has worked in the Deep River and District Hospital, providing oversight of clinical programs, strategic direction and leadership as the Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. Janna also works to promote quality healthcare provincially with the Quality Assurance Program at the College of Nurses of Ontario. As a member of the Board, Janna hopes to use her expertise as a military spouse and knowledge as a health service leader to support and improve the experience of military families in our local community.
Janna possesses a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and Master's Certification in Health Systems Management. Strongly dedicated to lifelong learning, she continues to pursue her Masters of Health Administration through the University of Regina.
Janna and her family enjoy residing in the quiet of Laurentian Hills and being a part of the Deep River community. Janna is an avid backcountry camper and canoer, and when not working or studying enjoys outdoor expriences and activities with her family in the Ottawa Valley, as well as traveling to explore new places.
Members at Large
Michelle Charest – Member since 2015
Michelle Charest joined the Board of Directors as a member at large in 2015. She currently lives and works in the local area and is a long-time, dedicated Military spouse.
Michelle is familiar with the realities of the military lifestyle and understands the unique challenges military families face. She enjoys volunteering with the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre and has partaken in various Board-related activities including governance and bi-law policy reviews, strategic planning and governance training.
Michelle has studied at home and possesses two Masters Degrees, including an MA in Communication from the University of Ottawa.
She also has two young children, is an avid athlete and is passionate about film, writing, photography, travelling and the outdoors.
Tara joined the Board of Directors in 2019 as a member at large. An experienced human rights advocate and operations executive, Tara has worked for over a decade in provincial, national, and international policy to advance the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Currently the Director of Policy and Program Operations for a national non-profit organization, Tara has significant experience in policy and program development, results-based management, and systemic advocacy. Her disability rights work has covered a range of policy areas including legal capacity, safeguards for vulnerable persons, sexual health and abuse prevention, employment, family supports, and building inclusive communities.
Tara Levandier – Member since 2019
Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, a post-graduate Certificate in Management from the University of New Brunswick, and a Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. Tara also holds national accreditations in program evaluation and facilitation and is a regular presenter at conferences and training related to disability rights, inclusion, and the social mission sector.
Originally from the East Coast, Tara is a military spouse and has a young son who was born while on OUTCAN in the United States. This is Tara’s second move to Petawawa and she is enjoying reconnecting with the Ottawa River Valley and exploring the area with her family.
Amanda joined the Board of Directors as a member at large in 2019. In this role, she hopes to positively impact and support initiatives and processes that guide the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre.
Amanda Logan - Member since 2019
Amanda feels the MFRC has been an important part of her life, both by supporting her family through the programs and services offered and by giving her the chance to give back to other military families in the community. A military spouse for 10 years, she has worked and volunteered with MFRCs across the country, including those in Kingston, Gagetown and Shilo. She started volunteering with PMFRC shortly after moving to Petawawa in the summer of 2019 - making welcome calls to newly posted community members and their families, planning events, and attending the mental health walk in clinic.
Born and raised in Ottawa, she completed her BA at Carleton University and has been working in support of families and children ever since. She is “a people person to the core”, and shares her favourite quote as a way to encourage resilience and strength: “Accept the things I can change; Accept the things that I cannot change; Grant me the wisdom to know the difference.”
Amanda and her husband, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, are enjoying their first posting to Petawawa along with their two sons, ages 4 and 1. They encourage others who are transitioning to the area to explore our community and experience everything it has to offer: the beach, parks, heritage village and walking trails as well as a wide variety of local services.
Sydney Oakes - Member since 2019
Sydney Oakes completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University in Politics and Indigenous Studies, studied Indigenous eco-tourism models at the Universidad Tecnológica del Valle del Mezquital in Mexico and completed her Master's degree at McMaster University in the Public Policy and Administration program, where she was a contributor to 'Indigenous Futures: Research Sovereignty in a Changing Social Science Landscape' (2017).
Previously, Sydney refined her policy and government affairs skills as an analyst and member of the Research and Ethics Committee for the Six Nations Elected Council, and was one of ten Canadians chosen for the Ontario Legislative Internship Programme's Fellowship at Queen's Park where she advised MPPs in both government and opposition, focussing on legislation, strategy, research, constituency affairs, speech writing and media relations.
Most recently, Sydney executed government relations strategies as the Director of Policy and Provincial Affairs for the Chiefs of Ontario, which is the official non-partisan organization advocating for the collective interests of the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario.
Sydney presently serves as the Strategic Partnerships Executive for the Young Diplomats of Canada and is a partner at Provoke Public Relations.
Breanne Watters – Member since 2020
Breanne joined the Board of Directors in October 2020 after spending time volunteering with the PMFRC. She expressed her keen interest in joining the committee after having grown up in Petawawa and feeling the desire to give back to the place she has called home throughout her life.
She wishes to encourage positivity and connection within the community and the Canadian Armed Forces. Breanne grew up in a military family with a long-standing history of veterans from great grandfathers to her father who, before retirement, served 25 years with the military.
Breanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University specializing in psychology with highlights in philosophy. She plans to continue expanding her knowledge and apply what she has learned while she holds her position on the board. Breanne loves animals, plants, gardening, sports, traveling, reading and painting/ drawing. She is always on the go and enjoys keeping busy.
Breanne currently works on Garrison Petawawa for 2SVCBN and one of the junior ranks members mess. She is continually learning new things about the military and the people who serve our country, wanting to support them as best she can. Breanne is very family and people oriented and looks forward to sharing her ideas and returning love to the community that has been a guiding force for her.
Darci Greer – Member since 2020
Darci Greer joined the Board of Directors in October 2020. She is a military spouse and mother to two girls, ages 1 and 5. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus and relocated to Petawawa to be with her husband in 2014.
Since 2014, Darci has held positions in various health care settings, including a hospital and hospice care. She is currently a Public Health Nurse at the Renfrew County and District Health Unit specializing in Infection Prevention and Control. Dedicated to advancing her knowledge, Darci is pursuing her Certification in Infection Control.
She is looking forward to bringing her experience as a health care provider, educator and military wife to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre.
Taylor Smith – Member since 2020
Being a new member on the Board of Directors, Taylor is eager and inspired not only to be a more active member in the Petawawa community, but also to dedicate her time to help bolster strong and resilient Canadian Armed Forces families. Associated with military life through her partner, Taylor is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the needs of the military community and to be an advocate for Forces families. Regardless of the challenge, she commits to the PMFRC her life notion of giving 100% and being the first in, last out.
Taylor has consistently sought ways in which she could contribute to the betterment of the lives around her. This prompted her to enrol in the Global Studies program at Vancouver Island University. During this time, Taylor committed to an international work opportunity in a small village in Belize where she served as a Human Rights Village Planner for a local organization. It was through this opportunity that Taylor gained firsthand experience engaging with, learning from and cultivating new ideas to strengthen communities. Following the completion of this project and graduation from her Honours B.A., Taylor shifted her educational focus to security and defence. Through her Masters of International Affairs in Canada’s national capital, she was able to achieve her degree with a specialization in Security and Defence Policy.
Since then, Taylor has been a youth ambassador for Canada in both Japan and in Taiwan. Through those opportunities, she was able to engage with global leaders that brought forward their international perspectives on security and defence, and how best to establish and protect the safety of a nation.
Today, Taylor is a public servant for the Government of Canada, where she dedicates her time and efforts in the field of National Security. Working in intelligence, she is an analyst amongst many Forces members, granting her a unique opportunity to experience military culture at home and within her workplace. Taylor hopes to bring forward the knowledge and outlook she has acquired through these various experiences, but more importantly, foster meaningful relationships within the community and cherish the hard-earned victories of the PMFRC.
PMFRC Strategic Priorities 2021 [pdf]
Board Information Package [pdf]
PMFRC Constitution & Bylaws 2020 [pdf]
PMFRC Annual Report 2019-2020 Online Flipbook
PMFRC Annual Report (2017-2018) [pdf]
PMFRC Annual Report (2016-2017)
PMFRC Annual Report (2015-2016) [pdf]
*All photos of our board members were provided by the PMFRC