Name: Taryn Jacquard
Introducing Taryn Jacquard
Position: Executive Assistant
(Image source: PMFRC)
Tell us more about your role at the PMFRC and the programs that you are involved in.
I am the assistant to Claudia Beswick, the Executive Director at the PMFRC. I work very closely with her to assist with scheduling, planning special events, meetings and helping to ensure her schedule runs smoothly in addition to anything else that comes my way.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
I’ve worked for the PMFRC for a year and a half.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
I have education in recreation and leisure, as well as sports business management. My experience is heavily based in customer service and planning. I also have work experience as an EA and manager of national not-for-profit associations.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
People can expect to see me with my agenda and a pen in hand, following closely behind Claudia.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
Probably the events that I get to set up and run, specifically the Minister visits and team meetings. I love seeing an event through from start to finish and I’ve been given some pretty great opportunities here.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
I moved here to be with my (now) husband. I’ve lived in Petawawa for 3.5 years, and am originally from Renfrew so I’m not too far from my hometown.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Don’t be afraid to reach out make your own connections, whether they’re professional or personal. It’s hard to move to a new place, but the PMFRC offers so many programs and opportunities for people at all stages in their life. Additionally, if there’s something you want and can’t find it, there are some groups on Facebook where you can reach out – there’s something for everyone, you just have to make the effort.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
My favourite thing about the area is the feeling of community. Coming from a small town, it’s nice to have that here too. There are great trails for hiking and walking, or snowshoeing in the winter. The dog community is really nice too; there’s always someone my dog can play with!
Leave us with a few words of wisdom -- what is your favorite quote?
My favourite quote is: “It is what you make it”.
My mom told me this when I was really young and it’s something that has stuck with me for years. It can be transferred to any situation, and I think as a military spouse -- in a military town -- the quote really stands to be true. It’s not always easy or normal, but at the end of the day if you have the right attitude it can be the best thing in the world.