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    Cheryl Jordan and Dianne Collier unveil a time capsule, originally sealed in 1998. The pair were instrumental in shaping the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) that we know today. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The PMFRC has created a new time capsule that will be opened in 2042. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



PMFRC time capsule opened, another sealed to mark 25th anniversary

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 1, 2018

After 25 years, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) has opened its time capsule and another was created which will be opened in the future.

As part of the PMFRC’s quarter-century anniversary, the original time capsule was unveiled. It contained items including photos, artwork and newspaper clippings from the past and was sealed in 1998 when the Garrison Petawawa Home Fires Park was built as a tribute to military spouses.

“The opening of the resource centre showed that we were finally being heard and acknowledged,” said Dianne Collier, a former member of the PMFRC Board of Directors. “And when I look back now to where we are today, it is absolutely wonderful.”

She and Cheryl Jordan opened the original time capsule, fondly reminiscing about those who were a large part of the PMFRC.

Collier plans on taking pictures and creating a DVD for those who couldn’t attend.

To commemorate the PMFRC’s 25th anniversary, another time capsule was filled over the past year.

“We wanted to send a message to families in 2042, and let them know what it was like to live in Petawawa and who we were at the PMFRC,” said Marketing and Communications Coordinator Julie Hollinger.

It wasn’t until 1987 that the Department of National Defence (DND) initiated the Family Support Program Project (FSPP) to gather information in order to create something that would better help spouses and family members.

The findings later led to the creation of the Military Family Support Program (MFSP). Under the MFSP, Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) were opened as non-profit, stand-alone organizations on military bases, wings and support units across Canada. Though childcare is still one of the primary offerings, there are countless programs available through MFRCs.

“Though a lot of things have changed, there are some things at the PMFRC that haven’t,” said Hollinger. “It makes sense. Twenty-five years later members still deploy, families still get posted and parents are always looking for a nice safe place to bring their kids where they can learn and grow.”

Hard working employees and volunteers staff the PMFRC and allow it to thrive.
“Here at the agency we are who we are because of people who are on the ground caring for families,” said Hollinger. “That is what makes all the difference.”