Holding Hands

Meet Me at the PMFRC


Introducing Mariella Duschen

Name: Mariella Duschen            
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.
My job is to help families cope with deployment, develop and facilitate programs, and give information to families before, during and after a work related separation.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I started working for the PMFRC in September this year.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I was a registered physician’s assistant in Switzerland. I worked in walk-in clinics and did all jobs: from triage and blood work to x-ray examination and small surgeries. I also have a diploma in Art and Photography.
After 5 years of studying, I needed a break and came to Canada as a nanny for one year.
In 2018 I graduated from Algonquin College with a Tourism and Travel Services diploma. Travelling is my passion and I speak 6 different languages.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
Bright blue eyes and a warm welcoming smile -- and usually a big scarf.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
I like being here for families and helping them through a work related separation. I have been in the same boat and I know how important it is to have someone to talk to or seek advice and help if needed.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
I’m not sure if I have one yet, I’ve only been working here for such a short time. But I am sure I will have great experiences and grow with my new position.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I was born and raised in a small town in Switzerland. In 2014 I came to Canada as a nanny, and on one of my last days in Canada I met a wonderful man who kept texting me even after I went back home to Switzerland . After two years of Skype calls and visits I decided to take a big step and move to Ottawa for College. Last summer I graduated and moved to Petawawa, where I found my new home.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Keep an open mind and explore the area. Check out the programs offered to the community.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I have only spent one summer here in Petawawa and I loved it. Algonquin Park is close and there are lots of great spots to put our boat in the water for some fishing and sun tanning.

This will be my first winter in Petawawa, but being from Switzerland, I am used to the snow and the cold!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon