Some of you may know Stacey from her work at the Before and After School program at Our Lady of Sorrows. We are pleased to announce that Stacey is starting a new chapter with the PMFRC, as Supervisor at Lil’ Troopers South Day Care.
If you’re new to Petawawa, and you have any questions about our Lil’ Troopers Day Care Program, feel free to visit Stacey!
Name: Stacey Munch
Position: Supervisor, Lil’ Troopers South
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in:
I have found in working at the PMFRC that we are such a team -- that’s hard to do with having so many outlets, but the staff really do pull together for one another. I love that this is a unique working environment that makes each and every day so rewarding.
Before accepting the Supervisor position at Lil’ Troopers South, I was the Supervisor at Our Lady of Sorrows Before and After School program for two years. I started the program after completing the licensing for Sorrows in November 2014. In February 2015, I completed the licensing for the new Before and After School program at Valour. I also hosted the Before and After School monthly meetings for our three schools: Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Francis of Assisi and Valour.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I started working for the PMFRC 13 years ago. I was a child care attendant at the South Side Community Centre drop-in program. I also worked as a Coordinator for the Ontario Early Years Center at the South Side Community Centre for two years before leaving the Agency to begin an adoption process. I came back in August 2014.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I have spent 23 years working in the child care field, and have been a Registered Early Childhood Educator for the past fifteen. I operated a private home daycare for 18 years and worked as a school-age and preschool teacher at another child care centre.
I was a foster parent for twelve years providing care for kids of all ages – from infants to teens. I sat on the Board of Directors for Family and Children's Services and ran a support group in Deep River for foster parent families. I was blessed to have adopted a girl to add to my family and I also raised a 4-year-old girl until she turned 16 and returned home.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
My bubbly, optimistic personality. I love to laugh and see the best in everything.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
That’s a hard question to sum up! I enjoy the families and children we serve, and meeting their individual needs as part of our military and civilian community. I love the staff and working environment. I have found in working at the PMFRC that we are such a team -- that’s hard to do with having so many outlets, but the staff really do pull together for one another. I love that this is a unique working environment that makes each and every day so rewarding. I am very proud to say that I work for the PMFRC. We truly work for the community as well one another!
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
My greatest accomplishment was the licensing of our Before and After School program. The entire process was all new to me and I was proud to see it take-off. Going through the process a second time, from beginning to end, was another accomplishment. A lot of time and personal satisfaction went into the completion of both the programs. It's an experience I am grateful for because I learned so much.
My biggest career accomplishment is my new position as Supervisor at Lil’ Troopers South Day Care. I am proud and excited to have the opportunity to lead such an amazing day care centre. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me and new learning curves, but with my constant dedication I hope to see Lil’ Troopers South flourish even more than it has since the opening of its doors three years ago. I thank PMFRC for such a wonderful opportunity!
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I am from the Peterborough area, a small tourist town called Buckhorn actually. I married into the army life in 1993 and moved to Petawawa in 1996. This has been home to my family ever since.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
It’s a small town with a country valley feel. Put your feet up, relax and take in what it has to offer you and your family. If you look at what it doesn't have, you will never appreciate what it does have!
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I enjoy the small town life with all the outside comforts of shopping in the city, should you need to get away. In the winter, I downhill ski and in the summer I live in my pool and surround myself in my gardens.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favorite quote?
“Live. Love. Laugh. Enjoy today, it might not be here tomorrow.”