About Us

Overview

The Trenton MFRC provides services and resources that support the well-being of military families serving at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. By military families, we include all military, regular force or reservist, and their parents and close relatives. In all our work, we comply with the Privacy Code of the Director of Military Family Services (DMFS). All our services are confidential.

Our History

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognized the many challenges facing families every day as a result of the military lifestyle and also recognized the important role played by families in maintaining troop morale. Consequently, the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) was established in 1991 to help the Canadian Military achieve operational readiness by enhancing quality of life and enriching the military experience for families. To accomplish this, we provide specialized programs and services that promote health, education and social well-being.

Our Mission

To promote and facilitate community based services that enrich, strengthen and enhance the quality of life for our military families.

Our Vision

Where every military family feels welcome and supported.

Our Values

Respect

  • To respect fully family members’ rights to privacy
  • To treat all families and each other in a fair and equitable way

Initiative

  • To ensure programs and services meet military family needs
  • To create new programs to meet emerging community needs in a timely manner
  • To provide general information about potentially important trends or occurrences to the appropriate parties while fully respecting individual rights to privacy

Understanding

  • To broaden community appreciation of the many standard resources and services that the Trenton MFRC offers to military families
  • To broaden community understanding of the kinds of assistance the MFRC can offer to families facing specific difficulties

Individual Abilities

  • To work consistently to improve our own skills and abilities while committing ourselves to a philosophy of continuous improvement in the services we offer

MFRC Accountability

  • To be fully accountable to our military families for providing a range of quality services that meet identified military community needs
  • To be fully accountable to our funders for the effective and efficient use of their resources
  • To be fully transparent to our community and our funders in our exercise of this accountability

Our Objectives

Familiarize community members with our organization.

  • Welcome Packages
  • Newsletters
  • Base newspaper  "The Contact"
  • Liaison with community groups & organizations.

Invite community involvement at all levels to foster a genuine sense of ownership and belonging.

  • Board
  • Staff
  • Volunteer
  • Service users

Reflect changing needs of the community in programming and activities.

  • Community survey
  • Community input

Message from the Executive Director

Welcome! 

Whether you are considering a move to the area, have newly arrived or are fortunate enough to have lived here for a while, we want to welcome you. 

The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre is a thriving place for everyone.  Filled with staff and volunteers who understand and have likely experienced similar situations as you.  We understand.  Life is busy, complicated, unpredictable and sometimes overwhelming.  Life is ever-changing.  If you want to learn a new skill, volunteer, find some community resources, relieve some stress, make new friends, reach your employment or educational goals, we have something to offer you. You are not alone in this wonderful community we live in. 

MFRCs are not just for people with children anymore; consider this a meeting place for everyone no matter what point in your life you are at.  Get involved and find out what you have to offer as well as what others have to offer you.  We look forward to meeting you and your family. 

Call or email today, we would love to get to know you better. 

Tamara Kleinschmidt

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Board of Directors

  • Linda Blanchette

    Linda Blanchette

    Board Chair

    I am Linda Blanchette. I am a granddaughter, daughter, wife, and mother of military members. I have sat on the Board since 2012. I am now retired but I was a Dental assistant for 30 years. I have done volunteering and sat on many other boards and committees over the years. I have volunteered for schools, Girl Guides for 25 years, OSISS for 20 years, the MFRC for 30 years, and many other groups. I have been married 40+ years and have three children. I have volunteered with many Veterans families over the years. I love people and helping out in anything I am asked to do. I look forward to getting to serve our military community and their families for another exciting year!

  • Sara Emond

    Sara Emond

    8 Wing Representative

    Sara Emond is a military daughter, mom, and spouse who also became an HR Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Having lived all over Canada, as both a spouse and then a member, she has seen the struggles and opportunities that can come with military life and loves to help others find their opportunities. Previously, Sara was part of the 4 Wing Cold Lake MFRC Board of Directors and a volunteer at the Trenton MFRC from 2007 to 2010. She looks forward to the opportunities to come over the next year and is excited to continue serving the military family community.

  • Tamara Kleinschmidt

    Tamara Kleinschmidt

    Executive Director, Trenton MFRC

  • Pamela Charest

    Pamela Charest

    Board Member, Chair of Governance Committee

  • Brent Parsons

    Brent Parsons

    Board Member

    Brent was born in Scarborough, Ont. where he lived for 20 years. While attending George Brown College for Culinary management he started in the hospitality world at the CN Tower. From there he was hooked, and worked in various roles around the world for Marriott Hotels & Resorts. After working in hotels & restaurants for 15 years, he decided to move into IT for Oracle. Brent moved to Trenton in 2018 with his wife, Jen, their twin boys and their dogs and haven't looked back. They opened Parsons Cafe & Catering in April of 2018. Brent joined the MFRC & Quinte West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2019. He looks forward to continuing to bring his hospitality experience to the Board of Directors and the 8 Wing Trenton military community for years to come.

  • Wendy Synnott

    Wendy Synnott

    Board Member

    All of my life I have lived in the military family community. My parents were career Air Force, my husband served in the Air Force for approximately 37 years and I have a daughter in the Air Force. Two of my sisters were married to members of the Army and I have a niece in the navy. I retired from the Trenton MFRC in 2018, after 16 years as Volunteer Program coordinator. I have two adult daughters and three grandchildren, currently all living in the Trenton area. Support and services for military families has long been a passion of mine and I look forward to getting to continue serving our community in my role on the Board of Directors.

  • Rhonda Schmidt

    Rhonda Schmidt

    Board Vice-Chair

    Rhonda Schmidt originally hails from Edmonton, Alberta – affectionately termed God’s country - and currently works locally as a Mortgage Agent. The spouse of a retired military member, who served for 27 years, Rhonda brings her knowledge of the military life to practical service through the MFRC Board. Rhonda has served on the Board for over two years, and presently holds the positions of Vice-Chair and Treasurer. With a Bachelor of Education, and two children active in the community, Rhonda is committed to giving back to military families through her support of children’s programming and events. She enjoys walking, home renovations, anything to do with her daughters, and is an avid sports fan. Rhonda is especially thankful for the support of the MFRC through the years. As she knows firsthand the opportunities and challenges associated with military life, Rhonda encourages MFRC programming to remain responsive to, and enhance the quality of, the military community.

  • Candice Wylde

    Candice Wylde

    Board Member

    Hi there, my name is Candice Wylde. I am a community member of the Trenton MFRC Board of Directors. I am directly connected to the military community through many relationships, including a marriage and my children, and am honoured to be a part of the 8 Wing Trenton community. I am thrilled to be serving in this role alongside the Trenton MFRC as it will allow me to give back to the community that I take such pride in being a part of. I look forward to navigating any challenges, as well as celebrating the successes, that the Trenton MFRC will have over the next year!