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 community of strong, capable, resilient Canadian Armed Forces families.
To provide exceptional programming and services to support our military families.
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
Lisa is delighted to be a returning member of the Board of Directors in Petawawa. She previously sat on the board, first as a member at large and then as secretary from 2009 - 2012. This being their second posting to Petawawa, Lisa is happy to return to the military community with her husband Scott and two children.
With a background in Technical Communications and Knowledge Management, Lisa is currently a stay-at-home parent who is endeavouring to launch a second career in Accounting. In 2015, she began the Accounting Diploma program at McMaster University and aims to complete it by 2018 before proceeding onto the CPA designation program. Lisa possesses both a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Technical Communications Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Lisa is thrilled to have this opportunity to join the Board of Directors in contributing directly to the support of our serving members and their families. As a military spouse, she understands the particular challenges and stresses involved with this lifestyle. When not hitting the books or shuttling the kids around town, she can usually be found singing as a member of the Canadian Military Wives Choir or out enjoying all the natural beauty that the Ottawa Valley has to offer.
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.
Karen Marson – Member since 2017
Karen Marson joined the Board of Directors in 2017 as a member at large. She has been a military spouse for three years but part of the military community for nine years.
She worked as a nurse for six years in multiple areas, including pediatrics, mental health, and oncology. Karen is now a stay-at-home mother to two lovely girls.
Karen grew up in a small town just outside of Ottawa so being posted to Petawawa felt like a homecoming for her. She is enjoying all the outdoor activities Petawawa has to offer, especially Achray campground and the local beaches.
She also enjoys volunteering with the PMFRC, particularly with the Deployment Volunteer Committee.
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
Alison joined the Board of Directors in June 2016 as a member at large.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Western University.
Alison developed a taste for international travel and expatriate living by teaching in Shanghai, China for five years at Shanghai American School. She has traveled extensively and is always looking for new destinations to explore.
Alison has been teaching with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board since 2005 in a variety of grades and schools, including five years at Saint Francis of Assisi School in Petawawa. She is now a member of the Program Team for RCCDSB.
Growing up in Pembroke with family, community, and professional connections with the Canadian Armed Forces, Alison has developed a great appreciation for the blessing, challenges and sacrifices that our military members and their families willingly accept. Alison, her husband and their two busy children believe that everyone should find opportunities, whether big or small, to give back to their communities.
Alicia Saucier – Member since 2017
Alicia joined the Board in 2017 as a member at large. She has been a military member for 15 years, a military spouse for 11 years and is the mother of two young children.
Alicia joined the military in 2002, through the Regular Officer Training Program and obtained an Arts degree from Queens University. She is now serving as a Logistics Officer at Garrison Petawawa as the Garrison Comptroller. Throughout her career, she has worked in many different aspects of military logistics including transport, operations, supply, human resources and finance. Alicia has spent most of her working career in Petawawa and greatly appreciates the support and programming that the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre provides for families in Petawawa, making extensive use of many of the programs for her own young family. After professionally working with PMFRC as the military liaison, she decided to become more involved and applied to join the Board.
Alicia enjoys spending her free time with family and friends and is always interested in participating in events happening in the community.
Michelle Vachon – Member since 2017
Michelle Vachon originally hails from Ottawa where she attended the Algonquin College Radio Broadcasting program. After graduating, she continued in the communications industry and worked in radio, print and marketing in Toronto and Ottawa. Later, she worked as the Internal Liaison Agent at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), where she welcomed new families and helped with their integration into the community.
Michelle has actively volunteered with MFRCs at various locations. She sat on numerous committees and organized and executed activities for military families and volunteers. During her time in Valcartier, she was selected to travel to Sweden with a delegation of MFRC staff to make a presentation on the importance and empowerment of volunteers at Military Family Resource Centres in Canada.
She continued her MFRC involvement when their family was posted to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador 3 years ago. She joined the Board of Directors as a Member at Large, and transitioned into the Chairperson within a year. As a military spouse Michelle has been a frequent user of the MFRC and their services and by volunteering she has been able to give back to her community. She is a passionate advocate for military families.
Michelle is married with 3 young children, and currently works at the Downtown Pembroke Business Improvement Area. Her role there as Downtown Facilitator is to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of downtown, and to promote the area as a business and shopping district.
PMFRC Bylaws (revised June 2017) [pdf]
PMFRC Annual Report (2015-2016) [pdf]
*All photos of our board members were provided by the PMFRC