Vickie Archambault, an Accomplished Chairwoman

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Master Corporal Vickie Archambault.

Seats on the Military Family Resources Centre (MFRC) Board of Directors are currently vacant. Its Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Master Corporal Vickie Archambault, from Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) answered a few questions.

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families in the Saint-Jean area may have already run into you: who are you?

MCpl Archambault: Iíve been a member of the CAF for a little over 12 years. I was based at Valcartier for a few years, and since 2010 Iíve been in the Saint-Jean and Montreal area, where Iíve been assigned to three different units over the years. Iím currently at the CFLRS. On a more personal note, I have a spouse, Jonathan, and three kids, Emile, who is 9 years old, Laurent, who is 8, and Roxane, who is 6. You can also run into me at MFRC activities, since Iíve been a member of the MFRC Board of Directors since 2015.

What exactly does your involvement in the MFRC entail?

After two years as a member of the Board, I became the Chair in the summer of 2017. Since then, Iíve been working with the Executive Director on the MFRCís governance. I also sit on various sub-committees with the other members.

The Board of Directors plays several important roles in the MFRC. It provides the MFRC with its strategic direction and ensures that management and employees implement it. On top of developing policies, the Board establishes and maintains ongoing contact with the military community. Lastly, it looks after the MFRCís viability and credibility by selecting its administrators and managing its finances.

How do you manage to balance your military life, your family life and your obligations to the Board of Directors?

I recently heard someone say that when you have less time, you find timeÖ. I donít know if thatís the case for everyone, but I think it applies to me: the busier I am, the better I feel, and I always manage to get the things I care about done. I feel fulfilled when Iím active in my family and work life and in the MFRC. 

What message do you want to communicate today?

I would like to call on all military spouses. The Board of Directors currently has vacant seats, and we want to fill them. We are therefore looking for dynamic people who want to give their time to the military community. To be on the Board, you just need to be available one evening a week and care about the well-being of military families. In exchange for being on the MFRC Board of Directors, I can guarantee that you will learn things, have a chance to make a difference in the military community and expand your circle of contacts. And who knows? Maybe youíll also make new friends.

What are your wishes for the MFRC in 2018?  

All I want for the MFRC is that it continue to innovate and outdo itself, thanks to its competent and dynamic team. That means continuing to identify opportunities for partnerships and to communicate with clients in order to build stronger ties with them.

If you have any questions or would like to contact the Board of Directors, please feel free to write to Vickie.Archambault@forces.gc.ca.

Interviewed by Damien Wipf.

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