Name: Brittany Cousineau
Introducing Brittany Cousineau
Position: Early Childhood Specialist
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I facilitate all of the programs for children ages 0-6 at the PMFRC including Play Troop, Baby Buddies, Daddy and Me, Mommy and Me, Crafternoon, ABC 123 and Science Fun. I also coordinate some parenting programs including Prenatal Nutrition and Building Blocks.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
When you walk into one of my programs you will be welcomed by a smiling face and other parents who can offer their encouragement and support, and share their stories and challenges.
This year is my third year at the PMFRC.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an Early Childhood Education Diploma. I focused my studies on infant and child development in Psychology which is why I chose to continue with my ECE diploma.
The past 8 years as an ECE has been an exciting and informative experience. It has given me the opportunity to meet many amazing children and has opened my mind to all that they have to offer.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
When you walk into one of my programs you will be welcomed by a smiling face and other parents who can offer their encouragement and support, and share their stories and challenges. I have an “open door” policy for any family who is seeking resources or support and I look forward to getting to know every family who enters each of my programs.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
The opportunity to work within a military community has been a great experience. I have been able to meet many new families and offer support from both a personal and professional perspective.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
Since transferring to an Early Childhood Specialist role, I have been given the opportunity to assist many more new families and I am proud to watch as their children grow from one program to another.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I’m originally from Petawawa. However, being a part of a military family I moved away from Petawawa and it has since brought me back.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
It’s a small town, but it is also a strong military community. Although there may not be a lot of shopping opportunities, there is an abundance of support for families and their children -- not only through the PMFRC but also the community at large -- as we typically encounter the similar joys and unique challenges of a military lifestyle.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I enjoy the outdoors so that is one of the great things about living in the area. We love to take advantage of the Ottawa River, outdoor trails for hiking, snow shoeing in the winter.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn”
“Behind every strong soldier, there is a strong family who stands by them, supports them and loves them with all their hearts”
“Military life is having a plan. Then a new plan. Then another plan. Then back to the first plan. Then a brand new plan only to end up back at the second plan.”