Natasha is one of our Programmers and has been with the PMFRC for eight yers. She is the point of contact for our CANSOFCOM families and runs all of the Agency’s second language training programs.
Introducing Natasha Degready
Name: Natasha Degready
Position: CANSOF & SLT Programmer
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I am a programmer on the Integration & Support Team, which allows me the opportunity to work in many areas. Our team facilitates programs that aim to educate, support and empower our military families. I provide integration and support services to the CANSOF families in our community; including clearing in new CANSOF members, information and referrals for members and their families, deployment readiness and support, as well as various program and activities.
I am also the SLT (second language training) link for our military families, providing information about the various options and resources available in our community for those who want to learn or practice English or French.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I am both the daughter and the spouse of a military member, so I understand the military lifestyle and its challenges.
I have been with the PMFRC for 8 years. I began with the Deployment Department and worked there for almost five years before transitioning to my CANSOF & SLT role on the Integration & Support Department.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I am both the daughter and the spouse of a military member, so I understand the military lifestyle and its challenges. I have been through ten postings, and have been to and from Germany, Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario multiple times.
I am a mom to Kieran, my 1-year-old son.
Prior to working in this field, I worked in retail selling both jewelry and clothing. (If you need to know anything about diamonds, I can help with that too!).
I am a graduate of the Algonquin College Social Service Work program, and I am certified to facilitate programs such as Personality Dimensions, Girl’s Circle, Road to Mental Readiness, and Critical Incident management, to name a few.
I have worked:
My current job is a blend of both deployment and integration and support programs and services for CANSOF families. All of my roles within the MFRC have given me the opportunity to work with children and youth as well, such as going into the schools with our Children’s Deployment Support Program, or running various children and youth programs and activities.
- with pre-teens and teens as a youth supervisor/programmer in a military youth centre,
- as a librarian at another MFRC (many moons ago).
- as a Deployment programmer offering various programs and services to families of deployed military members, and
- as an integration and support programmer offering personal development, education, and leisure programs and services military families.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
A smile and someone who is open to listen and willing to help them navigate through this military lifestyle journey however I can.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
I love that I work for an organization where everyone cares so much about the well-being of the families that they work with. I love seeing families engaged within our military community; empowering themselves by reaching out to not only us, but each other; and connecting and building their own support systems – creating a family away from home.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
There have been many over the years, however I would have to say that one of my accomplishments has been overcoming my fear of public speaking. I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone from day one, and since then I have delivered several successful briefings, workshops, and programs. Each day I am proud when I see how empowered and resilient our CF Families are.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
As the daughter of a soldier who was born into the nomadic military lifestyle, I don’t really have a hometown. I was born in Lahr, Germany, came here on a posting and married my own soldier. I have lived here for 12 years which is the longest I’ve ever lived somewhere.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help, or make connections around you. Say hi to your neighbours. Get involved! There is such a wealth of knowledge, experience, support, kind hearts and helping hands in this community. Be active in building your support network, and make connections that will last a lifetime.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
The nature we are surrounded by, the rapids, the trails, the beaches, and especially the colours that we are surrounded with come October. Autumn in Petawawa is beautiful!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes.