Name: Claudia Beswick
Introducing Claudia Beswick
Position: Executive Director
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
Essentially, as the Executive Director of the PMFRC, my primary responsibility is the management of staffing, programs and services, etc. My key objective is to facilitate the day-to-day operations that align with the board’s strategic direction of the Agency. I engage in all facets of the PMFRC; from working with staff, volunteers, community partners and our board of directors, I can honestly say no two days ever look the same. The PMFRC has a staff compliment of 105 employees and a wide range of very diverse programming that happens every day. The diversity of my position is one of the best things that I love about my job.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have a true belief in people who inspire themselves to become stronger, confident and more resilient in how they manage their way through this unique lifestyle.
I have been a part of the PMFRC team since 30 March 2014; what an adventure it has been so far.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
I would hope that when people first meet me; they truly feel welcomed. I would like people to know that I am approachable and I enjoy hearing their stories, and even their concerns if there are any. Our commitment to you is to provide you the best possible programs and services based on what you tell us is needed; we want to hear from you!
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
Knowing we’ve made a difference for military families! Hearing how a service, network of friends, or partnering organization has supported military families. What makes MFRCs so important and my job so special to me is that we don’t measure our success by numbers. We strive to make sure families are aware of the services and supports that are available. So, if and when families need us, they know what their options are and where to look. I have a true belief in people who inspire themselves to become stronger, confident and more resilient in how they manage their way through this unique lifestyle. I get to see that in my job quite often; it’s a true blessing.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
If I was asked to highlight just one event that stood out the most for me, I would have to say that joining the PMFRC team in 2014 as the new Executive Director is by far the most important one for me. Leading this team is a privilege; the continued successes of our programs and services are the direct result of the staff’s professionalism and commitment to their jobs. As well, the invaluable contribution made by each member of our Board (past and present) has been immeasurable; they truly are the voice of the community. This is the motivation behind the success and growth of the PMFRC.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am German born, I am a military child and a military spouse. I first joined the world of MFRCs as a volunteer in Chatham, NB; my first job at an MFRC was as the Volunteer Coordinator in Gagetown, NB in 1994. Throughout our various postings between the east and west coasts, I have had the privilege of working for MFRCs in various capacities (Business Manager, Executive Director and also Board Treasurer). I was drawn into this world because of a job that truly intrigued me. My career has allowed me the privilege of working closely with many talented and dedicated individuals who do what they do competently and professionally every day. I truly enjoy working collaboratively on both a national and local level to ensure military families are supported! The military families I have met over the past 25 years inspires and motivates me to continue on my journey; leading an incredible team of professionals doing what they love to do every day.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Embrace the lifestyle, reach out and connect with other military families. The camaraderie and relationships that you develop will undeniably become your extended family. Come visit us at the PMFRC! Great things happen when we (PMFRC) can connect directly with families; let us know how we can better support you.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I am a small town girl so I really love this community. My husband and I have our camper on a seasonal site at Lake Doré. Summer and Fall are the seasons I enjoy the most; and pretty much every weekend you will find us at our camper. Winter is the most fun for me when I can enjoy it behind a window – in the warmth – while sipping a nice hot cup of tea!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
The military lifestyle has never come with a manual and you never really know where this path in life will lead you. I live in a community that I have tremendous respect for, I have a career that inspires me every day and lifelong friends that have become my extended family. My husband reminds me often that life is a journey; don’t worry about always having to plan it out!
“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” – Roy T. Bennett