Christina McFadden is the new Volunteer Services Coordinator at the PMFRC. Many of you will recognize Christina from Play Troop, our weekday morning Parent/Child drop-in playgroup that she managed for the past three years.
Introducing Christina McFadden
Name: Christina McFadden
Position: Volunteer Services Coordinator
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in.
I am the new PMFRC Volunteer Coordinator, an opportunity that I am very excited about. Volunteering is near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled to be able to work with our military community in a new role. I manage our huge team of volunteers; hopefully meet many new people and organize events for and with volunteers. I have experienced the positive impact of volunteering myself as a way of building a social network, gaining work experience, and making a difference in the community.
Previously I was the programmer in charge of the Play Troop, I ran various programs for adults ad children, facilitated deployment support groups at schools and organized family events in the community, like Night at the Museum, Dad’s Day in the Park and our big Halloween Party.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
I worked as a volunteer for the PMFRC from 2012 to 2013 and have been an employee for a little over three years now.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I went to the University of Koblenz in Germany and studied Education and English for four years. After that I was an English and Math teacher for a few years, working with grades 1-9 at different schools. In 2012, I moved to Canada where I started, after almost a year of volunteering for different organizations, to work for the PMFRC.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
A friendly, welcoming smile and a pink water bottle
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
I think my favourite part would be that I am making a difference in people’s lives every day by using my experience and personality. I love being around people and working in a very social and busy environment where I am constantly able learn more.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
My greatest accomplishment is that by working for the PMFRC for three years now, I have managed to get to know approximately 50% of Petawawa’s population and therefore Petawawa feels like my home now. Okay, maybe 30%...
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 (oldest city of Germany) and Koblenz. In 2011 I was lucky enough to meet an amazing man that happened to be a Canadian soldier. After 1.5 years of living the long distance relationship life and visiting Canada multiple times, I decided to move here. Just a few weeks before I was ready to get on the plane, we got a surprise posting to Petawawa and what first seemed like a little shock turned out to be a big blessing. I have been here for almost 4 years now and feel very much at home.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Be open to new things and people (Petawawa has an amazingly supportive community), get out of the house and explore the area and the services available, start volunteering (!) and most importantly keep up a positive attitude, even when the road gets rocky…
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
People in the area are very welcoming, open and supportive, especially when you are new to town. The nature is amazing and I enjoy trying out new outdoor activities, (most of them for free if you are a military family!) like Cross Country Skiing or Kayaking at Jubilee Lodge (free with your CAC card), Social Snow Shoeing with the Town of Petawawa, or just going to the beach with friends or with my dogs. Weightlifting has become my passion and it is fun to do all year around at Dundonald Hall or local gyms.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favorite quote?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” I truly believe in this because I have seen what a huge positive impact a small gesture of kindness can have in people’ lives. Therefore, be kind. Always.