You can find Holly at the South Side Community Centre putting together programs and activities for families in our community.
Name: Holly Clarke
Position: Integration and Support Programmer
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in.
Being a programmer allows me to dabble in many areas -- which I love. The programmer team facilitates programs that enhance and educate families and individuals. We want to appeal to people with different needs and interests, who are at different points in their life. Each day is something new.
I have enjoyed being involved in planning large events such as: The Strength Behind the Uniform, our PMFRC Open House and the Children’s Coin Ceremony to name a few. I love the hustle and bustle of event planning, working with many different community partners and seeing the event come together before my eyes!
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have worked here since November 2013.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
It can be intimidating to leave your house when you are not familiar with the area and have not met anyone, but take the leap and come to our programs. It will give you a chance to meet new people, create new experiences, and find out about things that you may be interested in in the area.
Helping people is my passion. I graduated from Loyalist College in Belleville with my Social Service Worker Diploma and completed two years in the Psychology program at Carleton University. My family has been fostering children in need since I was 11 years old; I think that inspired my drive to support and care for others.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
A smile. It makes the world a better place! I love meeting new people and supporting them through the transitions they are facing.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
It is difficult to choose one thing. The PMFRC offers me a whirlwind of learning experiences. I like working with people with such a wide range of personalities, needs and ages. I love listening to families’ stories: where they have been and what they have lived through.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
Every day is an accomplishment! Each day I meet someone new, support a family in need, host a large event and go into the schools to work with military children. To me, those are all accomplishments. Seeing others in this community succeed is what makes me come to work every day.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am a lifer; I was born and raised in Pembroke and I love it. I moved away for a short time to complete my studies and then returned home. Now I own a house on the Quebec side with my son Rylan and puppy Fynnlee.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Although it is a small town (with no place to shop), Petawawa is a great place to be. It really is what you make it!
The PMFRC has so many great services for families who are in transition, make use of them. I know it is easier said than done. It can be intimidating to leave your house when you are not familiar with the area and have not met anyone, but take the leap and come to our programs. It will give you a chance to meet new people, create new experiences, and find out about things that you may be interested in in the area.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I have a 5 year-old son and we love the great outdoors. In the summer we go four-wheeling, fishing and boating. The beaches are gorgeous and great for the entire family. We live in Quebec, also known as Cottage Country, so we spend a lot of time taking in the sun on the water with friends and family. In the winter we enjoy ski-doing, sledding and cozying up to a warm fire.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favorite quote?
“When nothing goes right; go left!”
“Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn”
“Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life…you make it!” Thomas S. Monson