Meet Me at the PMFRC

Meet Me at the PMFRC

Introducing Kathleen Doucette

Name: Kathleen Doucette
Position:  Chairperson

(Image source: Kathleen Doucette)
Tell us more about your role as a PMFRC board member.  
As the Chairperson, my role is provide overall leadership to the Board of Directors.  I chair Board meetings, ensure compliance of by-laws and the Constitution, and ensure sub-committees are functioning and producing updates as required.  I also represent the Board at events within the community.  
What do you enjoy most about your role?  Is there a project that you were involved in that stands out for you?
I really enjoyed La Vie en Vin held in 2016 as a kickoff to the PMFRC’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. I got to meet and socialize with members of the community, watch a dance presentation by Starz in Motion, participate in wine tasting, and have fun with friends – both old and new. It was a really fun way to look back over the years and celebrate the success of the PMFRC!
How long have you worked with the PMFRC?
I have volunteered on the Board of Directors since 2016.  

Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management.  I have been employed with the Department of National Defence for over fifteen years and I am currently a Human Resources Advisor at Garrison Petawawa.  I provide guidance and advice in civilian staffing within the Department. 
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
I think people can expect to see someone who is both focused and driven and someone who is passionate about advocating for military families.  Most people would say I’m a straight shooter, honest and funny (or so I like to think!). 

Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I have been a military spouse for twelve years and have called Petawawa home for about ten years now.  My husband and I are both originally from Toronto, so Petawawa was a bit of an adjustment for us at the beginning.  Since having kids, we’ve come to love the Ottawa Valley and are happy to call it home.  We definitely do not miss the hustle and bustle of city life!
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Get active in the community and meet people. Whether you come out to a PMFRC event, a class or event at the Petawawa Library, or a Garrison event, you’ll make new friends and the transition to Petawawa will be much easier and less lonely.  Some of my closest friends are ones I met in Petawawa and have supported me through a number of challenging life events – deployments, long courses and taskings, sick kids, cars that won’t start in the cold Petawawa winter… the list goes on!

What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
There is always something to do, especially for families.  In the summer, my family’s favourite thing to do is pack a bag and head down to Black Bear Beach for the day.  
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
This was a tough question to answer! I have a lot of favourite quotes, but I think the one that would be the most meaningful right now is:

“We don’t have to do it all alone.  We were never meant to.”
- Brené Brown

I think this is really important to remember.   I’m the kind of person that has difficulty asking for and accepting help.  But sometimes military family life is hard and sometimes it can be lonely.  It’s okay to seek and accept help.  It’s also important to reach out to others and help them along in this journey as well.