Name: Megan Cyr
Position: Second Language Support Programmer
(Image source: Meg Cyr)
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
When it comes to language training, I make sure you are in control of your learning environment. Together we will review and discuss your options in detail so you can be sure you are making an informed decision and choosing the best learning strategy, resources and materials for you. With regular check-ins, I keep you motivated and on track to eventually master your new language skills. I also help facilitate programs such as the Children’s Deployment Support Program in French and support the francophone community in various ways.
I strive to be helpful and deliver a meaningful experience and service to clients as well as establish relationships built on trust and honest communication.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I started with the PMFRC in 2013 as a student assisting with various departments and the Children’s Deployment Support Program and then continued as a volunteer until 2016. I secured my current position in October 2020 after relocating to Petawawa.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.).
After completing a diploma in Early Childhood Education, I provided integrative programming for families and children with exceptional needs as a Day Care worker and then as a school-based Educational Assistant. I trained in Music and Movement, created my own bilingual curricula and started my own business facilitating in daycares and schools within Quebec. My passion for seeing people succeed led me to obtain a Social Service Worker Diploma and work as a vocational rehabilitation consultant/coach for a number of years. Eventually I transitioned to the position of French Language Services Coordinator for a crisis center.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
When you first meet me, you will be greeted by my warm smile and optimistic attitude. I strive to be helpful and deliver a meaningful experience and service to clients as well as establish relationships built on trust and honest communication.
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC?
Getting to see others gain their resilience and achieve their optimum level of quality of life. Being part of an amazing team to do that with is like icing on a cake.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
My absolute favorite thing to do is forest walking! I enjoy spending a lot of time in the forest climbing, checking out the plants, birds, & animals and enjoying any adventure really that takes me outdoors and/or on the water.
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
The best thing about living in Petawawa is that you never need to go far to be in nature. There is an abundance of beautiful places to explore and go on adventures no matter what time of year it is.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou