Cyndi Mills: Publisher / Editorial Director
Over the last 20 years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa, Cyndi believes “home is where the dog is.” She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support Scott’s military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her oldest daughter is an Officer Cadet at Royal Military College. An award-winning writer Cyndi wanted to create a unique resource for military families – a magazine full of articles and information for military families.
She is eternally grateful to all the beautiful military spouses who understood the mission of the magazine and stepped up to volunteer their services. In regards to her family, there are no words to express the gratitude she has for them. Over the last four years, they have been her rock with their continued support and belief in “the magazine.” Her family shares their home with an Old English Sheepdog, four cats, and numerous fish.
Michelle Levesque: Executive Assistant, Director of Partnerships
Fate brought Michelle Levesque to the CMFMAG family and she considers herself lucky be part of the journey of watching the Magazine bloom into greatness. Her motivation comes from working with a strong group of military spouses who are dedicated to providing information about those who support the Canadian military family community. Michelle believes in Cyndi’s mission first and for most and prides herself on being Cyndi’s and the magazine’s champion. “No” is not an option in Michelle’s world. When Cyndi describes the magazine as her “5th child”, Michelle describes herself as “Cyndi’s 5th child’s Nanny”.
Now that Michelle’s husband Bob has retired from the CAF (30 years as a combat engineer), and their 3 children have left, they have now entered the “empty nest” transition phase of their relationship. Their 3 Boxer dogs and 5 cats do help with keeping them busy! They have settled in Embrun ON. Michelle works from home where she is grateful for her fast internet. With her infectious enthusiasm, sense of humour and sheer determination to succeed, Michelle excitedly awaits where the CMFMAG goes next!
Chris Barling: Graphic Designer
Chris brings with him over a decade of experience in graphic design, along with a lifetime of experience of growing up in a military family. He enjoys music and painting. Check out some of his work at greensteelblog.wordpress.com/art/
Lindsey Palka Ly: Copy Editor
Lindsey is a blogger, editor, military spouse, and writer whose work has appeared on The Toast, The Hairpin, and several other websites. She earned her B.A. Honours in History from Carleton University and her Master’s in History from the University of New Brunswick, where her research focused on Canadian youth and families in the Maritimes during the First World War. She and her husband live in Petawawa with one very spoiled cat! She writes a book review blog, Young Adult Historical Vault, at www.yahistoricalvault.com.
Mishall Rehman: Multi-media writer
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall Rehman is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing. The CMFMAG has given her writing new purpose and Mishall strongly believes in finding and writing stories that can benefit the entire military family community
Paige Leclair: Multi-media writer
As a graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux.
Monica Bobbitt: Contributor
Monica was a military spouse for almost 21 years, until her husband was tragically killed in a LAV rollover during Ex Maple Resolve at CFB Wainwright in May 2014. Monica writes about her experiences as a military wife and widow in her blog, A Goat Rodeo, where she openly and honestly discusses what it’s really liked to be widowed and shares the wisdom she has learned as she continues to move forward with her life. She also shares her story with military members and their families at speaking events across the country.
Can’t decide what to watch? Sue has 417 reviews of various genres on her website where she is adding new reviews all the time. Sue’s reviews include newly released DVDs, movies on Canadian Netflix and new movies in theatres. There is something for everyone! Visit suzanneswhattowatch.blogspot.ca and follow her on Twitter @SWhat2Watch
Cecilia Pita: Contributor
Cecilia Pita is a military spouse and consultant who likes to connect the dots about the importance of etiquette in today’s world. She provides workshops and presentations to private business, corporate, government and not-for-profit clients. www.savoirfairecanada.com
Natalie MacLellan: Contributor
Natalie MacLellan is a military spouse and the owner and Senior Writer and Editor at Best Foot Forward. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), a Certified Résumé Specialist in Military-to-Civilian Transitions (CRS-MCT), and a Certified Employment Strategist (CES). She can be reached at www.bestfootforward.co, email@example.com, or toll-free by phone at 855-422-8494.
Deborah Van Der Linde: Contributor, Avid Reader
Deborah is a librarian who is passionate about books, storytelling, and writing. Thanks to her husband Adam’s military career, they have had the great fortune of living all across Canada. Deborah and Adam have two delightful children and a dog that thinks he’s one of the kids.
Pierre Goulet: Contributor, Money Matters
Pierre Goulet, CFP, Associate Vice-President, Client Services Delivery., SISIP. Proud to be leading a team of financial professionals who provide insurance, investments, savings & advice, exclusively, to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces Forces.
Stephanie Nelson OT Reg (Ont): Contributor – Occupational Therapist
Stephanie Nelson, owner of adaptABLE Occupational Therapy, is a proud military spouse currently living in Petawawa, ON. adaptABLE OT is a paediatric occupational therapy clinic that specializes in children from 0-18 years of age, both in person and throughout Ontario via online consulting. She’s a life-long learner and loves exploring the great outdoors. Visit adaptableoccupationaltherapy.com for more information.
Ross MacDonald: Photographer
Born and raised in the scenic Ottawa Valley, Ross has been fascinated with photography from a young age and bought his first SLR camera with money saved from his first summer job. Through the years Ross has been re-telling his stories through photography and brings his cameras along on all his special life-events. Looking through his camera’s viewfinder Ross aspires to create the perfect composition and capture optimal lighting while seizing real-life moments in a still image.