Name: Chelcie Myers
Introducing Chelcie Myers
Position: Social Worker on the PMFRC Mental Health Team
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and programs you are involved in.
My role is to provide confidential, client-centered counselling services or individuals, spouses, families and/or children of serving military members who are dealing with a range of issues and/or challenges.
Over the years I have found that I have a special place in my heart for adolescent counselling, individual mental health counselling and couples work.
I pride myself on offering a welcoming space for people where people can feel relaxed, safe, and empowered to share their experiences - no matter how big or small the challenge may be.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have been an official staff member with the PMFRC since October of 2016. Before that, I had been a volunteer for 3 years.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I earned college diplomas in child and youth work and addictions counselling in PEI. I also have an Honours Bachelor Degree in Social Work, with a minor in Psychology.
Recently, I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work.
My work experience ranges from youth corrections, addictions, school-based counselling, and mental health services. Before joining the team at the PMFRC, I worked two-days a week as a social work intern with Community Mental Health at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
They will find a genuinely friendly and warm person. I pride myself on offering a welcoming space for people where people can feel relaxed, safe, and empowered to share their experiences - no matter how big or small the challenge may be.
I tend to be a very real and down-to-earth type of gal, and this is reflected in my work as a social worker. The relationships I develop with my clients’ are based on honesty, trust and open communication. If people’s needs lie outside of my area of practice, I will do my best to connect them with resources within the agency or the community to ensure they receive the best support available.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
My favourite part about working for the PMFRC is having the privilege to be a part of the lives and journeys of those people who visit my office each day.
It is a truly humbling experience, and an honour, to hear the stories of military spouses and families, and to be provided with the opportunity to support people who had thought there was no solution to their challenges. It excites me to be able to highlight the accomplishments and strengths people demonstrate in the face of adversity, and use these strengths in a way that empowers people to make positive changes in their lives.
I also love having the opportunity to work alongside such an incredible and diverse team of social workers. From day one, they have supported me in my own journey and their doors are always open. We really are blessed to have such a dedicated and hardworking mental health team in which everyone contributes unique experiences and qualifications – I feel lucky to work with them every single day!
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
Well, I have only been with the agency for 4 months, so I am not sure I have one yet. What I will say is that each day I can make a difference in someone’s life. Whether that change is big or small is an accomplishment and a proud moment for me.
I am proud to be able to instill a sense of hope and pride for individuals or families who may be at their lowest point.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am originally an east coast girl, born and raised in Prince Edward Island. I left PEI to get my Bachelor of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa.
I was happy when my husband was posted to Petawawa, because we were able to live together again and I commuted to Ottawa for class each day. I have lived in Petawawa with my husband since 2012, so just about 5 years now.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Jump right in and immerse yourself with all the area has to offer. Get to know the area, the people, and the PMFRC. Utilize the many programs and services offered by the PMFRC and community agencies, and explore the beautiful area. I believe that any experience is what you make of it, and Petawawa has so much to offer – get out there and make it your own. Even though it may be scary, you never know what opportunities and experiences are out there waiting for you until you take a chance.
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? In the summer?
I love that Petawawa has an east coast feel. If I can’t be back on PEI enjoying my red sandy beaches, then Petawawa is the next best thing. In the summer there is so much to do around here! Whether I am at the dog park/beach with my two fur babies, exploring new hiking trails and beaches, or sitting down at the rapids enjoying a book – I thoroughly enjoy my summer time in Petawawa. All of the unique little shops and country décor stores around here are absolute gems.
I am not a winter type of girl, but I do love visiting our public library then curling up with a good book, a cup of tea and getting lost in a good story.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favourite quote?
I had the pleasure of working with an extremely seasoned social worker at the hospital who once told me – “run to what scares you”.
I have made this my life motto. Embrace the challenges that live throws your way, and don’t be afraid to take chances. It s only by facing these obstacles that we find the growth and strength we may not have even now that we had.