Name: Julie Hollinger
Introducing Julie Hollinger
Position: Programs Manager
(Image Source: PMFRC Purple Up! for Military Kids Zoom Meeting)
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
As the Programs Manager I have the privilege of working with a talented team that creates programs related to: information services, community engagement, volunteer services, deployment and the Veteran Family Program. Our team also includes the marketing department that gets the word out about all of the supports and activities that are happening at the PMFRC each week.
Every day is a new challenge, and I really enjoy working with the team to come up with new and creative ways to support military families.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have been with the PMFRC since August 2015.
I worked as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for four years. That role gave me the opportunity to work with every department at the PMFRC, and to get to know more about the community. I really loved that job, so the decision to take on a new role was not an easy one.
I have been in my new role for almost a year and I have learned so much. Every day is a new challenge, and I really enjoy working with the team to come up with new and creative ways to support military families.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I have a Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. After graduating I spent eleven years working in corporate communications and community relations for a large telecommunications company.
I put my communications career on hold when my second daughter was born. I enjoyed my job, but after a few years of trying to juggle work, family and a career I decided to step away to become a stay-at- home mom. Over the next ten years, I taught yoga and fitness, did some volunteer work, went back to school and was a part-time office manager for a busy church in Ottawa.
My family moved to Petawawa in 2014. By then my girls were older so when my dream job popped up (working in marketing at the PMFRC), I knew it was time to take that leap.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
Lots of questions! I love to meet new people and to find out more about where they are from and what they do. It drives my husband crazy – and sometimes I get ‘that look’ when I have asked one too many questions.
I truly believe that everyone we meet has something to teach us – it is up to us to have an open mind, and to take the time to listen to what they have to say.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
I would say the people – but with COVID it has been a long time since I have had a chance to see any!
I like the fact my job is busy, and that every day is different.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I was born in Montreal, but I grew up in Ottawa. My husband was posted to Petawawa in 2014. It was supposed to be a two-year posting, but the military had other plans.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Get out, see things, meet people! Petawawa has so much to offer but you have to be willing to take that first step and find out.
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 husband and I like hiking and spending time out on the river in our boat. I am not a winter person, so I spend most of the time shivering and wishing for summer to come back.
In terms of hobbies, I love to write and do genealogy research. Recently I realized a long-time dream and started to learn blacksmithing.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
I have two favourite quotes.
Often people try to live their lives backwards. They try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is in reverse. - Margaret Young
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell