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Meet Me at the PMFRC

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Introducing Michele Wright

Name: Michele Wright
Position: Marketing and Communications Coordinator


(Image source: PMFRC Zoom Meeting)

Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
My role is to ensure Military families have all of the information they need to be able to access PMFRC programs, resources and events every month.  I like to think of this role as a “dot connector”, as we work with every one of the Agency’s programs to connect them to the community by bringing information together in a coherent, engaging way.
 
How long have you worked for the PMFRC? 
I started working for the PMFRC in the fall of 2019.
 
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.) 
If I tell you everything you’ll figure out how old I am!  I refer to my Portfolio Career because- at first glance- it looks like nothing is related. But each chapter of my life speaks to my interests and has a creative base. My first degree from Queen's was in Theatre which led to me working as a costumer at Stratford and for the large musicals in Toronto.  After getting my BEd at Concordia, I taught and developed curriculum for the Montreal schoolboard and 2 colleges in Quebec and spent a year evaluating the English language proficiency of francophone CAF members throughout Canada and Germany. I also supervised a bilateral youth program in Tunisia. With my Master’s degree from McGill, I held various roles related to Organizational Development in the not for profit sector- policy development, evaluation, fund development, HR and communications. They all had an element of marketing as- to my mind- they were all about figuring out and telling the stories that needed to be told.
 
What can people expect to see when they first meet you? 
I expect people notice my red glasses first!  But hopefully what they feel when meeting me is that I care and am genuinely interested in what they have to say.
 
What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC? 
I love the synergy that happens when two or more of us get together and exchange ideas.  THAT is what makes any job worthwhile because it’s at the heart of the creative process and produces the most amazing results.
 
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
I’m proud to be a member of the PMFRC team every day, because I know first-hand the important role Military families play and see the difference we make in their lives.  That might sound cheesy but I like cheese.
 
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here? 
I suppose I’m a typical Military brat who never quite knows how to answer the question “where are you from?”!  I was born on a base that no longer exists (and moved when I was 6 months old so the memories are fuzzy).  The only time we lived close to my extended family was when we were posted to Cold Lake. My parents chose to retire in Kingston, where I first went to university, so that has felt like my second home and I spent chunks of time in Ottawa and Montreal for school and work.

I’ve carried my nomadic lifestyle into adulthood, living and working in many, many locations, several provinces and five countries. But I always feel at home wherever I happen to be.  I moved to Petawawa in the summer of 2019… and it very much feels like home!
 
What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?  
There are so many hidden (and not so hidden) gems in the area. I love to explore by foot or car and then come home and spend hours creating textile art in my studio.
 
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa? 
If COVID has taught us anything, it’s to slow down and appreciate life’s simple pleasures—and there’s so much here to appreciate! 
 
My advice would be to:
  • Smell the air.  It really is fresh!
  • Look up at night. The stars really are brighter without smog or big city lights.
  • Walk the Emerald Necklace Trail. I defy you to think of any path that has both terraced gardens and natural forest; swirling, white water rapids and a calm, cultivated fountain pool; a soft, sand beach and rugged stone shorelines; a bandstand and playground; a crab tree  arboretum and historical cemetery... All wrapped up in the most beautiful scenery you could ever imagine. And it’s literally in our back yard.
 Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote? 
I really like one of John Lennon’s lyrics:

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

It reminds me to always appreciate the here-and-now and to be open to opportunity I may otherwise have missed.