Name: Stephanie Condon
Introducing Stephanie Condon
Position: Supervisor at Lil’ Troopers North
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
When Lil’ Troopers South first opened in September 2013, I was hired as Head Educator and Designate. I spent two amazing years in the preschool room and gained an in-depth knowledge of the agency and the military families we support.
From there, I moved to the Before and After School program at Valour. I was Supervisor for a year, and worked with an educator to open and run the program
Recently, I became the Supervisor at Lil’ Troopers North. I am excited to start this new chapter in my career, to get to know our military families, and to be a part of the amazing LTN team.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
This coming July, I will have been working at the PMFRC for four years.
Tell me about your background
I studied Early Childhood Education at Seneca College in Toronto, and have been working as a Registered Early Childhood Educator for almost 8 years.
I started my career as an ECE in toddler, preschool and school-age programs in different centres around the GTA and Toronto. During that time, I learned how to support children and to help them reach their goals while in my care.
I moved here in 2013 when my husband was posted to Garrison Petawawa.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
People can expect to see my big smile and LOUD personality.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
My favourite part is being able to support our military community. As a military spouse myself, I understand how important the PMFRC is for families.
I enjoy meeting the new families, volunteers and staff that come into our programs and hearing about their experiences.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
I was proud to be part of the team that opened Lil’ Troopers South. It was an exciting time to be able to be with that team and work together on making the program a part of the community.
At the moment, my greatest accomplishment would be becoming the Supervisor at Lil’ Troopers North. I am very proud the Agency has given me this opportunity to support, and provide my knowledge and experience, to the staff and families at LTN.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I was born and raised in Toronto, and am very proud to be first generation Portuguese Canadian. My husband was posted to Petawawa, so I guess I had to follow him. This is our first posting together as a family, and we have been here for four years.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
It seems like a small community, but once you start getting involved in all of the fun activities in the area you realize how big it is and how amazing the people here are. Remember, most of us have been in your shoes at one point in our lives, so don’t be scared to ask for help.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
There are so many things to do in the summer, I love going swimming at Petawawa Point and going on walks through all the different trails with my family. We love going on drives to Algonquin Park and seeing all the nature that you don’t see in Toronto. We still haven’t seen a bear yet!
In the winter we go skating, snowshoeing and tubing. The community offers so many great activities to do with your family and it’s still close enough to the city for when you need some city-time.
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
“It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.” –JK Rowling