Name: Christina McFadden
Introducing Christina McFadden
Position: Employment Service Coordinator
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I recently started in a new position as the PMFRC Employment Service Coordinator. My responsibility is to coordinate all employment and career counselling services from Petawawa to Deux-Rivières for our military and civilian community. Our team offers employment-related resources and information, assistance in job search and job matching. We also offer regular workshops, various courses, job fairs and so much more.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have experienced the strength and support in our small town so many times, and I truly believe that all staff and volunteers at the PMFRC are able to make a difference for individuals and families we serve.
I have worked for the PMFRC for seven years. I started as a volunteer in different departments, and then worked as Integration and Support Programmer. From there I became the Volunteer Services Coordinator and now I am the Employment Service Coordinator.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I studied Education and English at the University of Koblenz in Germany. After having worked as an ESL and Math teacher for a few years, I moved to Canada in 2012. I visited the PMFRC as a new military spouse about a month after I arrived in Petawawa and have been volunteering and working here ever since!
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
A happy, positive, supportive person with a friendly smile!
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
At the PMFRC I get to connect with our community in so many different ways. I have experienced the strength and support in our small town so many times, and I truly believe that all staff and volunteers at the PMFRC are able to make a difference for individuals and families we serve.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
There were so many amazing moments that it is difficult to highlight just one. Last year I was awarded a commendation coin from the 4th Canadian Division Support Group so I want to say my overall work in the PMFRC Volunteer department has been a great accomplishment. Every single volunteer hour (over 6000 last year) was given to us by highly-skilled, motivated and talented community members and helped enhance the life of our military families.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I was born and raised in Germany, lived in Trier (the oldest city in Germany) and Koblenz. In 2011 I met my now husband who happened to be a Canadian soldier, and after 1.5 years I decided to move to Canada. Petawawa was a bit of a unique place to get used to at first but it turned out to be a big blessing. My husband and I have just completed two years of IR (Valcartier-Petawawa) and I am excited to be able to stay in Petawawa for a little while longer.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Be open to new things and people, get out of the house and explore the area, start volunteering and get a dog if you don’t already have one J
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
Nature is amazing here in the Ottawa Valley and I enjoy trying out new outdoor activities like cross country skiing or kayaking at Jubilee Lodge, Laurentian Valley skating trail, Algonquin Trail for biking or just going to one of the beautiful beaches with friends or my dogs. Weightlifting is my passion and it is fun to do all year around at Dundonald Hall or local gyms. My favourite thing is (not very surprisingly) the Germania Club which gives me the chance to connect with the local community while celebrating my German heritage!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
Two things that have worked for me: Focus on the positive (we have so much to be grateful for) and take life’s challenges one step at a time.
“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr.