Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

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.

Our Vision

The PMFRC envisions a community of strong, capable, resilient Canadian Armed Forces families.

Our Mission 

To provide exceptional programming and services to support our military families.

Interested in Joining?

Are you a committed, dedicated and community-minded person with skills to offer? If you are seeking a rewarding challenge, want to actively give back to the military community and can commit six-ten hours per month, consider becoming a volunteer Board member with the PMFRC. We are currently interested in applicants with legal, administrative and marketing competencies. If you would like more information about joining the Board of Directors, please contact our Chairperson Kathleen Doucette at

We are recruiting!

The PMFRC Board of Directors is looking for a treasurer.  If are have experience working with financial information and would like more information about this volunteer opportunity, check out the job description.  If you would like more information about joining the Board of Directors, please contact our Chairperson Kathleen Doucette at

Executive Committee

Kathleen Doucette, Chair - Member since 2016

Kathleen joined the Board of Directors in 2016 as a member at large. Kathleen served in the Canadian Forces for seven years and has been a military spouse for the past eleven years, eight of which have been in Petawawa.  She is currently a civilian employee of the Department of National Defence and works as a Human Resources Advisor at Garrison Petawawa.

Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University in 2005 and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology in 2008.

Kathleen has two children, Quinn and Benjamin, and enjoys living in the Ottawa Valley.  She likes spending her free time at Black Bear Beach, the Civic Centre, and the Petawawa Library with her children.


Julia Graydon, Vice-Chair -Member since 2014

Julia joined the Board of Directors in September 2014 as a member at large. She has been a military spouse for over 15 years and has three children. 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.

As a teacher for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board, Julia has taught at St Francis of Assisi School for eight of the last ten 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 Learning and Technologies Special Assignment Teacher for the Board.

Julia possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an Honours degree in History and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership.

With three very active children, Julia’s pastimes revolve around hockey rinks, soccer fields and dance studios throughout the Valley.


Lisa Genzer Wheeler, Treasurer - Member since 2017

Patricia Leboeuf, Secretary - Member since 2015

Patricia joined the Board of Directors in late 2015, subsequently taking on the role of secretary in the upcoming new year. She moved to Petawawa from Gatineau to join her military husband about two years ago, quickly taking to the community and happily calling it her new home.

She strongly believes in bettering society through community work when possible and decided to join the Board of Directors after volunteering with the PMFRC in different capacities.

As a journalist with the Petawawa Post, she has already gotten to know many members and organizations in the area. She has gained a new appreciation for the challenges and hard work put into the military lifestyle, and she hopes to put that knowledge as well as her communication skills to the benefit of the Board of Directors and the people it serves.

Patricia possesses a Bachelor in Journalism and one in Multimedia.  When not at work, volunteering with the PMFRC, frantically attempting to type out a novel, exploring new Internet technologies or trying out her artistic skills on canvas, she can be found excessively babying her two cats.

Members at Large

Michelle Charest -  Member since 2015

Michelle Charest joined the Board of Directors in 2015 as a member at large. She is currently a working member of the community and has a broad educational background in media and communication. She has studied at home and abroad, acquiring two Masters Degrees including a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Ottawa.

Michelle is a dedicated Military spouse and enjoys volunteering with the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre. She looks forward to sharing her expertise to help strengthen the Board of Directors and improve upon the services offered within the community. Michelle is an avid athlete; she enjoys films and is passionate about writing in her free time.


Andrea Damon - Member since 2016

Andrea became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016 as a member at large. She is military spouse, a US navy brat, and has three children that make life interesting and busy.

In her spare time she enjoys playing roller derby, snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, travelling, reading and cooking with fresh ingredients from the garden.

As a Probation and Parole Officer for the Ontario Government, Andrea has worked in Renfrew County since graduating from University. She is familiar with this area, the unique needs here and the services of the PMFRC.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a college certificate in the Fundamentals of Correctional Practices. It is her intention to use her skills and knowledge to assist the Board in providing services to the community.


Dominic Grosleau, Military member - Member since 2016

Dominic joined the Board of Directors in 2016.  He brings experience in project management and community relations to the Board. Dominic is in his 15th year as an Army Communications and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS).  Prior to Petawawa, his postings included Kingston, Ontario and Shilo, Manitoba.  He completed a tour of Afghanistan in 2008.

A life-long learner, Dominic understands the dedication required to pursue on-campus and distance learning opportunities.  He studied social, pure and applied sciences, earning diplomas in Computer Networks, Bookkeeping and Small Business Accounting.  He is currently working towards a Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in healthcare through distance education.

When not out camping with the Army or busy volunteering, Dominic can be found teaching radio communications. He enjoys working on A.I. and other robotics or electronics projects, fixing LED TV's and spending time with his spouse, Laura Boyle, a childcare provider and their two children, Soleil and Athena. As a family, they enjoy participating in family-focused events and activities in Renfrew County.


Rebecca Peitzsche - Member since 2016

Rebecca joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She is a military officer and military spouse as well as a mom of four young children.

Rebecca joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2002 as a Communications and Electronics Engineer (CELE) earning a degree in Chemical Engineering at the Royal Military College in Kingston. She has been posted to North Bay, Ottawa and Petawawa in a variety of different positions from procurement to project manager to trainer and recently as the deputy commanding officer of the Shared Services Unit (Central). Although currently on maternity leave, Rebecca will be returning to work in December as a coordinator with 77 Communications Regiment.

Rebecca is happy to call Petawawa home for now. In her spare time, she enjoys seeking out the best child-friendly things to do in the area from the beaches, playgrounds, parks, and library to the vast hiking, biking and ATV trails across the region. She also enjoys watching her children participate in the various recreational programs offered by the area; not to mention all the activities the PMFRC has to offer. She also enjoys gardening and spending a time relaxing at the family cottage in North Bay.

Rebecca has been an active volunteer with the PMFRC for the past 3 years and is excited to take the next step as a member of Board of Directors.

Alison- Radley Walters - Member since 2016

PMFRC Bylaws (revised June 2017) [pdf]

PMFRC Annual Report (2015-2016) [pdf]

*All photos of our board members were provided by the PMFRC
Annual General Meeting - June 2016