Meet The Team
Cyndi Mills – Editor in Chief
Over the years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. They have lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa. Mind you, she and the kids have spent the majority of their time living at their “homes bases”, while Scott went off to serve on four tours and a variety of career courses.
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 their children and support Scott’s military career. As an avid reader of magazines, the experience of living the military lifestyle, and a background in journalism, Cyndi saw an opportunity to create a magazine devoted to military families.
Her current home office staff includes her door greeter, Annabelle, an Old English Sheepdog and her two feline assistants Fred and Chris who are a little unhappy with their current working conditions, as they are still adjusting to life with a bossy puppy.
Lisa Twomey – Art Director
A native of Manitoba, Lisa Twomey graduated from Winnipeg’s Red River College with a diploma in Graphic Design in 1997. By following her husband through numerous postings from Petawawa, to Winnipeg, to Shilo, before finally returning to Petawawa, Lisa has accumulated a wide body of experience in the graphic design field. She has worked for small printers such as Henry Armstrong Printing in Winnipeg, to newspapers such as The Pembroke Observer and The Brandon Sun.
Lisa is the proud mother of two young daughters, and is an active supporter of the military community. She is a founding director of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, a newly established charity where funds are raised for memorial works for the families of Canadian soldiers killed while serving in the CF.
Theresa Suart - Managing Editor
The Canadian Forces has been a part of Theresa Suart’s life since the day she first went to school in Oromocto, NB, home of CFB Gagetown. Her first friends were children of soldiers. Her first job was working at the base. When she bought a home, her first neighbours were military. Her first running buddies were military. She’s never forgotten about the people that make up the Canadian Forces. She has been listening to and telling stories about military families for a long time.
She began her journalism career as a summer student with the Oromocto Post (now the Post-Gazette) covering Oromocto and CFB Gagetown. After graduating from the University of King’s College, she spenta couple of years of full-time work with that paper, then left to edited a regional religious publication. Later she was arts & entertainment critic for a New Brunswick daily paper. Along the way she also conducted job search workshops for retiring Forces members and was a script writer and educational consultant for a training video for the LAV III. She currently teaches in the journalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville while living in Kingston, ON with her husband and two children.
Anne-Édith Rioux - Graphic Designer
Anne-Édith Rioux is a native of Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula. After high school she left her beloved village of Bonaventure to pursue a career in Graphic Design at Rivière-du-Loup College. Anne-Edith specializes in print design and has experience working with advertising agencies, printers, editors, newspapers and more. Her work in Chicoutami, Quebec involved the creation and design of a university newspaper and assisting teachers. Recently, she and her military spouse Martin were posted to Petawawa where she is taking full advantage of the cultural opportunity to improve her English. Besides being a talented designer and supportive military wife, Anne-Édith is also the proud mom of a 19-month-old daughter. She and her family are enjoying all that an intimate and rustic community like Petawawa has to offer.
Advertising Account Executives
Julie Simmonds - Advertising Account Executive
Julie Simmonds comes to us through her successful media company, MiniBoard Advertising, the Ottawa Valley’s only indoor advertising billboard company. A native Texan, Julie moved to Canada ten years ago in support of her husband’s Canadian Military career. She has been blessed to experience military life in various places across Canada including Edmonton, Ottawa and Petawawa. As a military momprenuer, she understands what it takes to single-handedly run a business, a household and keep up with her active five year old.
Julie holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/ Advertising and English Literature from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has worked on both the agency and media sides of the advertising industry. Her hard work and dedication as an Account Executive at the Edmonton Sun/Western Sentinel won her an award for outstanding achievement. Taking a hiatus from the advertising world, Julie worked for CFPSA as a Travel Coordinator during Op Palladium Rotos 11, 12 and 13 in Bosnia Herzegovina. Upon her return to Canada, she was employed with CFPSA HQ as a Deployed Ops Coordinator.
Teresa Gamble - Avid Reader
As someone who has always enjoyed a good book, Teresa Gamble joins the Ubiquitous team, sharing her passion for the written word. Remembering the wonder of stories we all experienced as a child, Teresa invites you to join her in discussion on The Written Word, step into the world of words, and watch for her reviews.
Teresa and her husband Blake, a former military member of 25 years, have lived the military lifestyle first hand, with each of their four children born in different provinces and countries. Teresa is a "Base Brat", whose family stretches coast to coast with her father in BC, mother and brother in Ontario, sister and brother-in-law in Edmonton all serving or former military members. Their eldest son is a Reservist preparing for his first overseas experience, and one son following along as part of the Cadet Corps.
Teresa feels that being a military family means every part of our lives is touched by the military, where our military community becomes our family. She is proud to be a part of the Ubiquitous team of military connected professionals and looks forward to sharing our experiences with everyone.
Jacki Hollywood Brown - Professional Organizer
Jacki Hollywood Brown (B.Sc. M.Sc.), is a professional organizer and full-time army wife and Mom. She gets a thrill out of helping people define the type of life they want by helping their homes and businesses to look and function better. She is an expert problem solver and a creator of ingenious filing systems. She believes that a sense of humour and a multi-purpose screwdriver are invaluable. Visit Jacki's website at http://www.j-organize.ca.
Audrey Prenzel - Military to Civilian Career Transition Expert
Audrey Prenzel, CARW, CEIC, B.A., B.Ed. is the founder of Résumé Resources. She is proud to be the career expert for www.hirecanadianmilitary.com. Audrey is the author of "Military to Civvie Street: The Complete Job Transition Guide for those Leaving the Canadian Air Force, Army & Navy". She holds numerous roles with Career Directors International including Military Transition Expert Program Leader, Aerospace/Defence Program Leader, Mentor, Canadian Advisor, and Director of International Relations. Visit Audrey's website www.resumeresources.ca.
Jill Kruse - Writer
Jill Kruse hails from New Brunswick. Her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and numerous other publications across Canada. Since graduating from Journalism at King's College University in Halifax, Jill has worked in radio and print and managed her own communications business creating promotional media for various clients in business and government. While posted to Base Petawawa in 2008, Jill wrote a monthly column on her experiences with deployment for The Daily Observer in Pembroke while her husband Greg, a Combat Engineer with 2CER, was serving in Afghanistan. Tragically, her husband was killed in action on Dec. 27, 2008. Jill has returned to her home in Fredericton to begin a new life for herself and their three little girls. An important part of that new challenge is participating in the development and promotion of Ubiquitous Magazine Inc. Through this medium she hopes to enrich the lives of military families "on duty" all over this great country with informative and entertaining articles.
Patrick Twomey – Writer
Born in the northern BC town of Terrace, and raised in Winnipeg MB, Patrick joined the military as a lineman in the Communications Reserves in 1992, and transferred to the Regular Force in 1996.
Career highlights include two tours in Bosnia, and one in Afghanistan, and postings to Petawawa, Winnipeg, and Shilo. Married in 1997 to his lovely wife Lisa, they have raised two gorgeous daughters in the chaotic military life. Family highlights include being absent for the birth of both girls on separate Bosnia tours, and being posted three times within four years. Patrick is continually amazed (and relieved) that his family puts up with the challenges of the military lifestyle.
Melissa Madill – Writer
Melissa Madill is an aspiring writer, living in Petawawa, Ontario with her military spouse. She recently graduated from Carleton University with an Honours B.A in English and Film Studies. Melissa has been writing independently for years and this article is her first published work.
Kathleen Moore - Writer
Born and raised in South Western Ontario, Kathleen (Kat) Moore chose to follow her dreams, by putting them on paper. After winning her first English Award in grade nine her fate was sealed and would eventually lead her to Algonquin College’s new Professional Writing course in Ottawa. Although her passion lies in writing biographies and government pieces, she often surprises herself with a more creative side.
As a freelance writer, Kathleen has chosen to return from Ottawa to Petawawa; where she has enjoyed the last six and a half years being involved in the comings and goings of military family and friends. Kathleen is a volunteer at the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre where you can often find her work appearing in the newsletters.
Heidi Wagg - Writer
Ten years ago, Heidi left her coop in Peterborough, Ontario to find a new home under prairie skies. In Calgary, she discovered love, had two great kids and advanced in an exciting communications career at a major energy company. More recently, she renounced her position to pursue an even better job—a stay-at-home mom—where she’s been dabbling in freelance writing in between laundry cycles and diaper changes.
Heidi holds a communication’s degree, business administration diploma and technical writing certificate. In addition to writing, she is passionate about art, music and adventure. At every
opportunity, her family drives west to experience the awesome wonder of the Canadian Rockies.
Heidi’s husband, a former base brat, has operated in the military since 1998 with service overseas.
Megan Venner - Writer
Megan Venner is a reluctant military wife. Never having known much about military life until she met and married her air force love, she found the constant absences and unpredictability of military life difficult. Three kids and a few provinces later, she has experienced the inherent strength and support of the military community and treasures the friendships that come and go with posting season. Having happily given up her television news career to move to a rural base, she now works as a freelance writer and full-time mom. She is an avid supporter of her local Military Family Resource Centre.
Stéphanie Bédard - Translator
Stéphanie experiences the military lifestyle from another angle. She juggles full-time university studies and her husband’s posting to Petawawa, while living in Gatineau with her one year-old daughter. With her eminent graduation from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. Joint Honours in Communications and in Lettres Françaises and her husband’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, she is looking to expend her work experience while getting actively involved in the military families’ community.
Tina Mohns - Photographer
Tina sees photographs as a kind of legacy; treasure to be unearthed for future generations. Her portfolio includes work from across Canada and the North Eastern United States and her “lifestyle” images have graced publications throughout North America & Europe. Tina has earned distinction as an artist who has great passion for her subjects. Her photographs, whether candid or posed, will always be a window that leads home.