Sue is the PMFRC’s new Children’s Services Coordinator. In that role, she leads an excellent team of child care providers. Although her office is on the North Side, you will often find her visiting our many child care locations around Petawawa.
If you are new to the area, or new to parenting, feel free to talk to Sue about the many programs that are available through the PMFRC.
Name: Sue Leclair
Position: Children’s Services Coordinator
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Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in.
As a former military spouse, I understand what it is like to be posted to a new community and to struggle to find child care. I want families to feel free to approach me with their questions and concerns. Our team is always willing to think outside the box to come up with unique solutions for families.
The Children’s Services Coordinator leads a team of Early Childhood Educators who work in a number of licensed child care sites. This includes:
The Emergency Child Care program also falls under the Children’s Services Department.
- two centre-based day cares (Lil’ Troopers North and South)
- two casual child care sites,
- a private home day care program,
- a nursery school program (Kiddie Kollege), and
- two before and after school programs (at Our Lady of Sorrows and Valour schools).
Our goal at every location is to ensure quality, affordable, flexible and educational child care for the families we service.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
This is my third time living in Petawawa and I have been fortunate enough to work at the PMFRC each time. Most recently, I have been with the PMFRC for the seven years.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)?
I’m a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a background in special needs and a focus on the Montessori and High Scope Curriculums.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
As a former military spouse, I understand what it is like to be posted to a new community and to struggle to find child care.
I want families to feel free to approach me with their questions and concerns. Our team is always willing to think outside the box to come up with unique solutions for families, and I am happy to provide other resources and information if I can.
I am also committed to following through to make sure that your child’s needs are being met.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
There are many reasons I enjoy working at the PMFRC.
I love being able to work with a great team of professionals. Every one of them is committed to the families and children that we serve. We want parents to feel confident when they leave children with us, knowing that their children are being well cared for.
I also like that the PMFRC challenges us to grow; we are professional learners encouraged to improve ourselves on a daily basis. This emphasis on development helps us to provide families with programs and support that are based on the most up-to-date thinking and research.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
My greatest accomplishments would have to be the opening of the two centre-based day cares: Lil’ Troopers North and Lil’ Troopers South.
I am also proud when I see our military families becoming a true part of this community.
Where are you from and what are brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I’m originally from Mattawa, Ontario and moved to Petawawa when my husband was posted here.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
I think it takes a full year to adjust to any new posting, so give it time and get involved in the community.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favourite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
I love that Petawawa is so family-orientated; there is a wide variety of family and children’s activities to participate in. It has a great deal of natural beauty and lots of outdoor activities. My winters are usually spent sitting in cold rinks all across Renfrew County watching my son play hockey. I absolutely love the heat in the summer.
Leave us with a few more words of wisdom – what is your favorite quote?
Within any military community the one constant is change. My favorite quote during hectic transition times is: “If nothing changed there would be no butterflies”- (Walt Disney).