Denise is the face of the South Side Community Centre. She would be happy to help you register for an event, or tell you about any of the programs that are going on in the building. Denise is there to help you find an answer and welcome you to the community.
Introducing Denise Schizkoske
Name: Denise Schizkoske
Position: Front Line Receptionist at the South Side Community Centre
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in.
As the front line receptionist, I am the first point of contact for people who come in to register for PMFRC and PSP programs.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have been with the PMFRC for the past seven and a half years, working at the South Side Community Centre for the past seven.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I have over 30 years of customer service experience in several different fields. I worked at a bank for 11 years; and I had a trucking company for about 5 years and managed that business. During that time, I also drove a school bus for about 18 years.
Before moving to Pembroke, I was a receptionist at a law firm in Ottawa.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
An older woman with a friendly smile, I am always willing to help in any way that I can.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
Working at the front desk, I get to interact with children and parents when they come in for different programs at the South Side. I like that my job gives me a chance to talk with so many people and do so many different things.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
In June 2015, I received a prestigious award and coin from The Commanding Officer Personnel Services – a commendation in recognition for an outstanding commitment to military families at Garrison Petawawa.
Where you from and what are brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am from the Ottawa area and came to Pembroke in July 2008 to marry my husband. I was looking for work in the area, found a position with the PMFRC and I have been here since.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Petawawa is a nice little community with a lot of family programs and outdoor activities – get involved!
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
We bought a cottage on the Ottawa River, just across Pembroke on the Quebec side. We spend a lot of time there in the summer and in the winter we have an annual bonfire with friends and family, we also love to go snowshoeing.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favorite quote?
“Dance like no one’s watching. Sing like no one’s listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt.”