Meet Me at the PMFRC

Meet Me at the PMFRC

Introducing Olivia Sorensen

Name: Olivia Sorensen
Position: Mental Health Therapist


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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in. 
I am a mental health counselor with the PMFRC. I am involved with the Mental Health Walk-In Clinic as well as working with individuals on a daily basis who are seeking support through the PMFRC Mental Health team. 

When people first see me they can expect to see a warm smile and hear a hearty laugh. I am a positive and friendly person who enjoys building up others’ strengths. 

How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I have been with the PMFRC since April 2019.

Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.) 
My background is in social work. I took my BA at St. Thomas University where I majored in both Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. During my time in school, I volunteered at a sexual assault centre, which inspired a passion in me to help others, and to advocate for individuals. Between the courses I was interested in, and my volunteer experience, I decided I wanted to be a social worker. I remained at St. Thomas and completed my Bachelor of Social Work.

After graduating, I worked in Child Protection in New Brunswick for about a year and a half, before moving here! 

What can people expect to see when they first meet you? 

When people first see me they can expect to see a warm smile and hear a hearty laugh. I am a positive and friendly person who enjoys building up others’ strengths. 

What is your favourite part about working for the PMFRC? 
I really love my team! They are so encouraging, kind and supportive. 

Where are you from, and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here? 
I am a proud East Coaster hailing from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Like many men and women, I came to Petawawa due to my husband’s military posting. I have been living here since October of 2018.

What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa? 
My biggest piece of advice would be to get out and explore. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone, try new things, and meet new people!

What is your favourite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer? 
So far my favorite thing about living in this area is all of the green space and the trees! I am not a winter person, so I love a warm cup of tea and a good movie in the winter months.  I have not experienced a summer yet, so I am very much looking forward to that this year! I can’t wait to get out on the water.

Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favourite quote? 
A meaningful quote for me is, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”. I think it is so important that we take care of ourselves, and learn to put ourselves first.  If we don’t, how are we to effectively help anyone else?