Name: Darby Briggs
Position: Community Engagement Coordinator
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I oversee the Community Engagement team, including our adult and child/youth educational programs, special needs inclusion programs, second language programs, special events and community development programs. I work with 5 fantastic programming staff to provide a wide variety of programs and services to all our military members, their families and the wider community at Garrison Petawawa.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
Just a few months, since December 2019.
Can you describe your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I have a diploma in Corporate Communications and over 10 years’ experience in marketing, administration and HR. I’ve worked in a variety of fields, including not for profits, education, and provincial wildlife management. I’ve been with Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) since 2016, and my involvement with MFRCs started when I was a military spouse volunteer at our first posting at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. Since then I’ve worn many different hats, including Family Support Services, Marketing Communications, Employment and Education, and Human Resources with this amazing organization. I love that I get to come to work every day to support our mission of building strong, capable and resilient military families!
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
Someone with a big smile, a penchant for strong coffee and cute dogs, who is always there to talk and help our community members adjust to military life.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
The people. Definitely the people. Being able to interact with the great staff, vibrant community members, dedicated volunteers, and the base personnel - it’s like one BIG family.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC? My proudest moment was my first day at the PMFRC. From the moment I walked in the doors, I knew this was an amazing organization doing amazing things, and I was incredibly proud to be a part of it.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa?
How long have you lived here?
I met my husband, a military medic, in Toronto in 2010. We were posted to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for 6 years (where we got to watch the Snow Birds from our back door!), and then posted to Petawawa in the summer of 2018.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
The advice I have for families transitioning to Petawawa, or any other new posting, is to arrive with an open mind. There will always be people who have had a negative experience or a great experience, but a new posting like Petawawa is a fresh start for you and your family. Get out and explore the area, say hi to new people, and be sure to stop by the PMFRC.
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
The Ottawa Valley is a great place to live! There’s plenty to do, right in your own backyard. Not only are there outdoor activities year round, such as snowshoeing in the winter and camping in the summer, but there are great local shops and restaurants and artisans. There are museums and galleries and amusement parks, spas and festivals. Did I mention the Beavertails? They are definitely worth a drive to Ottawa for!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Elliot
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss
“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” T. S. Eliot