Name: Francesca Alexanian
Introducing Francesca Alexanian
Position: Deployment Support Programmer
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
As a member of the Deployment Support Team, I work to support families during the CAF member’s work-related absences from home. I facilitate programs for families as well as provide resources and support to families before, during and after work-related separations. Our goal is to help support families, so they can become stronger and more resilient.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have worked for the PMFRC since May of 2019.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I graduated from Nipissing University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Culture. After completing that program, I went on to graduate from the Social Service Worker program at Algonquin College.
Before moving to Petawawa, I worked for the City of Ottawa as a Program Coordinator in a community centre for low-income families. In this small, tight-knit community in the west end of Ottawa, I had the opportunity to see how amazing it is when a community truly supports each other. I see a lot of that same community support with the military families I have met since moving to Petawawa.
Since moving to Renfrew County I have held a couple of different jobs including working as the Children’s Department Programmer in the Pembroke Library and working for CPAN.
I enjoy working as a programmer with not-for-profits which allows me to be a part of the community, especially communities as warm and welcoming as the one I have found here.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
People can expect to find a friendly person waiting to help them.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
I really enjoy being part of a team that works every day to support such an exceptional community. As a military spouse myself, I understand how overwhelming and nerve-wracking deployments can be. It’s nice to be able to help connect other military families with resources to support them through their deployments and let them know they are not alone.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
I have not worked here very long, but I think every time we are able to connect with or help a family it’s a great accomplishment.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am from Ottawa originally. I moved here three years ago to be with my spouse who is in the military.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
This posting is really what you make of it. When you’re from the city it is very easy to feel like there is nothing to do here and nowhere to go. Get outside. There are so many great trails and outdoor activities to explore and experience. We live in a beautiful area. Get a library card. The libraries in the area have so much to offer; take advantage of the programs they offer.
Explore the neighbouring towns! When you start to look there are a lot of fun places around. Try something new that you would never expect to enjoy. You might be surprised with how much you like it!
Don’t be afraid to reach out to the community for help.
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
In the summer, my favourite thing to do is be out walking trails or at the beaches in the area with my dog, Indy.
Unfortunately I do not really enjoy the cold, so in the winter my favourite activity is reading under a blanket on my couch.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says “I will try again tomorrow”. – Mary Anne Radmacher