Name: Andrea Davies
Introducing Andrea Davies
Position: Member at large
Image source: PMFRC
Tell us more about your role as a PMFRC Board member.
As part of my role on the Board I have an opportunity to participate in strategic planning and coming up with the mission and vision for the PMFRC. I chair the Governance committee and have been involved in reviewing and editing the Agencies by-laws and constitution.
At our regular meetings we discuss and approve how funding is used, so that it falls in line with the parameters of our strategic plan.
What is it you enjoy most about your role? Is there a project that you were involved in that stands out for you?
I have always felt that my time is a valuable thing to gift and that it makes a difference.
I love that the PMFRC supports military families and I like to be involved in that. Personally, I have learned a tremendous amount in my first year and a half on the board. It has been a steep learning curve and I now know a lot more about meetings, motions, strategic planning, finance and governance. The volunteer work that I do feels important, and I am proud of it.
In September 2017 I attended the True Patriot Love Symposium, and got to sit behind HRH Prince Harry. The event highlighted the importance of military families and how Veterans heal better when they have the ‘strength behind the uniform.’
How long have you worked with the PMFRC?
I have been volunteering with the PMFRC since August 2016.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I have been a volunteer in some capacity for most of my teen and adult years. I have always felt that my time is a valuable thing to gift and that it makes a difference.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Certificate in Fundamentals of Correctional Practices. I work in the field of corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer. I am a military brat, a military spouse and a mom to three children.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
I am guarded and shy when I first meet people, and I come across as a serious person. When people they take the time to get to know me better they are shocked at how funny I really am.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am from the U.S.A. and I lived in Norfolk, VA on a naval base where my father worked on the USS JFK. I came to Canada when I was young and lived in the Owen Sound, ON area.
I moved to Petawawa in 2000 when I met my first husband who was at an infantry unit here. I briefly served in the reserves in 2001 with 1 AD artillery. I later remarried to a member of 2 CER. I have been here since 2000 and I love it. This is the longest I have ever lived anywhere.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
My suggestion is to go out and find something you love about the area. There is a lot to do in nature here, and there is no shortage of service clubs or activities to get involved in. Volunteering at the PMFRC is a great way to spend your time and meet new people. I also got involved in women’s roller derby and have made true friends through this endeavour. My roller derby name is Dream Killah.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I love to snowshoe. I do it all over Renfrew County either alone, with my children or with a group of friends. I also enjoy hiking and trying out different restaurants. I spend a lot of my time doing family activities with my children at the library or on the base/in town. I am never bored here. There are running and walking events during the summer and fall, and I love the Zombie run in October.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you.