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WR3 Run

The Wear Red Road Races (WR3) took place April 16, and we are so pleased to report that close to 200 runners and walkers participated. Despite the cold temperatures and a chilly northern wind, 195 people came out to show their support for PEI's military community by running half-marathons, 5ks, and 10ks, as well as walking 5ks and 10ks. We also had visually impaired participants and racers in wheelchairs.

And of course we have to mention our wonderful mini racers who did a great job running the Kids' Fun Run with Charlie A. Foxtrot!



Donna Earl, the Executive Director of the PEI MFRC, was delighted by Saturday's turnout: "The MFRC was very pleased with the number of runners and their families who came out on a very cold and blustery day to show their support for our military members and their families. We would also like to thank all those who volunteered their time or provided support through donations and sponsorships."

Speaking of those sponsors ...

Many thanks to Charlottetown's Running Room and PEI Parasport for partnering with us in this event. Thanks, too, to HMCS Queen Charlotte for letting us host the event there.

There are so many people we would like to thank: all our sponsors (listed here: http://wr3.sharepoint.com/Pages/Sponsorship.aspx), the families and friends of all the athletes, and especially our volunteers for helping with race details and serving up a delicious pasta meal for everyone to enjoy after the run.

And now that everyone has shown off how strong they are, braving the elements, maybe next year it won't be so cold!
May Coffee Time

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday, May 10 from 10:00–11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at PEI Regiment. Everyone is invited…hope to see you there!
 
Update From Our Virtual Program Coordinator: Scholarship $ for Military Families

I recently received an email from a military youth who took part in the virtual scholarship program three years ago. This young lady has moved countless times and lived both in and outside of Canada. She is now in her second year of university.  Part of the  email read:

Margaret,
Our family wants to thank you and your team as I am very happy to tell you that in the last year alone, I have received three scholarships totaling more than 5,000 towards my university tuition. From your virtual scholarship program that I attended I learned a few great points:  
  • Scholarships are for everyone,
  • You don’t need to be an academic genius,
  • Honesty in the scholarship essay brings positive results, and
  • Most importantly, never give up—keep applying!
Thank you for hosting such an informative and important session that really taught me how to find money for post secondary education.  Sincerely A.

This is just one money-saving success story from the scholarship series. With the proven success of the Virtual Scholarship Program, we are offering it again this year with a twist. This year, we are again partnering with Brittany Palmer who has earned more than $50 000 in scholarships to help her to graduate debt free from Simon Fraser University.  Brittany is the founder of www.keytoscholarships.com, and on May 28 at 300pm AST, she will be teaching us about the myths and facts of scholarship applications.  She will also be giving a full workshop on how to write the winning scholarship essay.  

But wait, there’s more! On Monday, May 30 at 730pm AST, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of organizations that offer scholarships to CAF, VAC, Reservist, and First Responders and their families. To date we have confirmed: Support our Troops, Wounded Warriors, The Natasha’s Wood Foundation, and The Royal Canadian Legion – PEI local branch.    

You will notice that the more than 80,000 scholarships that are available have various deadlines for applications. One in particular is the Wounded Warrior Scholarship application for students going into first-year university (deadline for application: June 1, 2016). Here is the link for this application for scholarship so that you can get started on the application and tweak it for submission after the virtual presentation. http://woundedwarriors.ca/news/wwc-news/article/wounded-warriors-canada-announces-veterans-child-scholarship/

To register to attend this virtual workshop on Scholarships: Tips, Tricks and a Winning Scholarship Essay (May 28),  click on this link: http://www.peimfrc.ca/event/scholarship-workshop-finding-the-hidden-dollar/

To register to attend the virtual open forum discussion (May 20), click on this link:
http://www.peimfrc.ca/event/open-forum-discussion-scholarship-organizations/

Virtual Programming—great information all from the comfort of your personal computer!  Feel free to share, and invite a friend from a previous posting.  

Scholarships are for everyone, and you don’t have to have save a small planet to qualify. 

As always, my door is wide open for your thoughts and questions and can be reached via email at Virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com

Enjoy the connections!
Margaret A. MacKenzie, Virtual Program Coordinator MFRC PEI
 
Monthly Volunteer Meeting

Our monthly volunteers meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30pm. Our meeting will be held in our new location at HMCS Queen Charlotte.
Craft & Craft—NEW ADULT PROGRAM
 
Do you like to knit, crochet, cross stitch, sketch, and do other types of crafts? Join us on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30pm–8:00pm!

Bring whatever you are working on, and join other creative people while you work on your project, talk, and enjoy light refreshments. This program is open to military members and their families and veterans and their families.

Location: PEI MFRC, in the HMCS Queen Charlotte building.

Program is FREE but pre-registration is required.  To register, please call 902.892.8999. Deadline to register: Thursday May 19 (please note: minimum registration is required).
Spotlight on Ed MacAulay: PEI MFRC Social Worker & Family Liaison Officer

One of the friendly faces you see around the PEI MFRC office (and out and about at MFRC functions and events) belongs to Ed MacAulay. Originally from Cardigan, Ed is PEI MFRC’s social worker and liaison officer. In his role as social worker, Ed counsels family members of soldiers and RCMP officers (couples, individuals, and groups) through any problems or conflicts they may be having. He also provides referrals where required and helps clients access education and prevention programs (community programs and programs available through the MFRC) that may help them. As MFRC’s family liaison officer, Ed is part of the Integrated Personal Support Centre, working with families of ill and/or injured service members.

Read more about Ed (did you know that he once worked selling encyclopedias and with thoroughbred horses?) and the services he provides to PEI's military families: http://www.peimfrc.ca/2016/04/spotlight-on-ed-macaulay-pei-mfrc-social-worker-family-liaison-officer/
Free Activities for Children, Adults, and Families

The following are just a few of the activities available at public libraries across PEI. For a more complete look for activities in your area, please go to http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/pls-guide.pdf

We also publish weekly notes over on our Facebook Page for family friendly activities. https://www.facebook.com/pei.mfrc1

Spring Cleaning: Make Organizing Fun. Kensington Heritage Library.  May 12, 6 pm (Adults)

How to Write Your First Resume. Stratford Public Library. May 18, at 4 pm (Tweens & Teens)

Teddy Bear Sleepover. Montague Rotary Library. Drop-off: May 26; Pick up and Story Time: May 27, 10:30 am (age: 3–5)

Mother’s Day Tea and Storytime. St. Peter’s Public Library. May 7,10:30 am (Family)

Cuttlebug Card Making for Mother’s Day. Morell Public Library. May 7, 10 am (age: 6–12)

Cuttlebug Card Making for Mother’s Day. Mt. Stewart Public Library. May 7, 2:30 pm (age: 6–12)

Hoop Weaving. Kensington Heritage Library. May 21,  1:30 pm (ages: 9–12)

Fête d’Angry Birds. Bibliothèque publique J.-Henri- Blanchard de Summerside. 21 mai, 10 h 30 (6–9 ans)

Prince & Princess Tea Party. Stratford Public Library. May 7, 11:30 am (All ages)

Spooky May Day. Summerside Rotary Library. May 1, 2 pm (All ages)
Dynamic Fitness Offers Military Discounts

Dynamic Fitness in Charlottetown has recently started offering discounts to military members and their families. Their facility is located in the Charlottetown Legion Building (99 Pownal).

Studio Classes

We have built a very unique studio where we hold our heated and non-heated classes varying from Hot Yoga and cardio classes to non-heated yoga and Pilates classes. When the heat is on, our studio turns into the largest infrared sauna of its kind!
  • Hot Yoga: Works on strength, balance, flexibility (great for beginners!)
  • Warm Flow: More vigorous yoga practice, energizing & inspiring
  • Dynamic Flow: No heat, similar practice to Warm Flow
  • Hot Athletica: A Dynamic signature, cardio interval training with yoga & core
  • Warm Yin Yoga: Slow, deep stretching, great for recovery & rehabilitation
  • Dynamic Core: No heat, Pilates class, focuses on stabilization
  • Dynamic Spin: Cardio training on spin bikes
Rates for Military Personnel, Family, Veterans, and RCMP:  One month unlimited: $75 + hst, month-to-month drop-in: $9+hst, 10 pack: $80 (valid for 6 months)

Unlimited ESA Training Option for Military, Families, Veterans, RCMP

(E)li (S)port (A)dult Training will provide you with the equipment, instruction, and motivation needed to reach beyond your goals in a safe and professional environment. You will perform functional exercises to help your joints move pain-free throughout the day and get a total body workout through high-intensity interval training, strength and speed endurance, proper lifting techniques, and core stabilizing exercises. Whether you are looking for a place to start, facilitate weight loss, build lean muscle mass, or challenge the athlete in you, Dynamic Fitness provides the services to get you there.

Rates for Military Personnel, Family, Veteran, and RCMP: $120/month + hst (3 month minimum commitment) (Regularly $149)

Required: Minimum of 5 active participants per month to qualify for this special rate.

Private Group Training and Barrier-Free Services

For groups up to 16 members in a private group training setting.

Rates for Military Personnel, Family, Veteran, and RCMP: $100 + hst for the group, scheduled at the group's convenience

Other Workshops/Programs

We would be interested in offering any of the following registered workshops/programs:

  • Meditation Workshops
  • Basic Training Prep w. Yoga & Pilates
  • Yoga & Meditation for PTSD
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Chair Yoga
All military personnel and their families are welcome to register for these programs.

First-time Dynamic Users

If you have never attended a class at Dynamic before, you are eligible for their Introductory Special—a one-time offer of 30 Days for $39.

Dynamic Fitness is excited to be partnering with us to offer these discounts: "We look forward to building a relationship with Veterans, military personnel, and their families, and honour the impact this space has had on our men and women of service throughout the years."

Thanks to Dynamic Fitness for supporting PEI's military community!
Many national businesses offer discounts to CAF members and their families through the CF Appreciation Program (https://www.cfappreciation.ca/).

We keep a list of local, PEI businesses who offer military discounts on our website: http://www.peimfrc.ca/local-discounts/

If you are a PEI business and would like to offer a military discount, get in touch by calling the office (902.892.8999). We'll add your business to our local directory!
 
Deployment News

Do you have a family member who is also deployed somewhere in the world?

The PEI MFRC would like to know, so that we can send our warm best wishes in the form of a “morale” package. Morale packages celebrate our Canadian holidays: Spring/Easter, Canada Day, Thanksgiving/Halloween, and Winter/Christmas. The packages contain items donated by generous Island businesses and organizations and are assembled by our team of dedicated volunteers. It’s a fun and heartwarming project, one that is always well appreciated by our family and friends in uniform. Please contact our office so your loved one receives a parcel from a grateful Island community.
 
Our fellow Islanders have served in many countries throughout the world during their military careers. Aside from some intense situations that do occur, we know there are heartwarming and funny stories to be told…and perhaps, need to be told. Our Canadian Forces personnel have done wonderful work around the world and we’d love to hear and share your stories in our monthly newsletter. If you have a tale to tell, please contact us or send your submission to donna.earl@forces.gc.ca

 
Mental Health in the Military

The Canadian Armed Forces has released a series of videos in support of mental health awareness in the military. You can see these videos here: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-health-services/mental-health-resources.page

We will also post that link on our website.

 
New French Tutoring Program Available for Military Families

The PEI MFRC is pleased to introduce you to a new complimentary service that is being offered to children of military families.
 
Voilà Learning is a national non-for-profit organization that is offering free online French homework help via the Virtual Immersion Campus. The Virtual Immersion Campus is designed to assist children ages 5 to 18 years old that may be experiencing difficulty with their French homework. Teachers are present within the virtual campus to assist children in an array of subjects as well as to help them navigating the campus.
 
Through funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation this educational service is available to over 25 different school boards throughout Canada. In support of Military Family Services, Voilà Learning has graciously offered this service to all military families at no cost to them (regardless of geographic location and/or school board affiliation). The Virtual Immersion Campus includes learning activities and videos to assist in French learning. To gain the most benefit from this service, families are encouraged to access the virtual campus with specific French homework questions.
 
Military children can benefit from the help of a French teacher online every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5pm to 11pm Eastern time.
 
For additional information, watch the following video: https://vimeo.com/136396791 and visit http://voilalearning.com/en/.

 
We Moved!

We recently moved into our new location inside the HMCS Queen Charlotte building. Come visit our new location to check it out!

Note: Our phone number has not changed (902.892.8999)

 
Rosetta Stone

The PEI MFRC offers on-line second language training for military family members and veterans and their families. Licenses are currently available and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is free of charge, but there is a $10.00 fee for the headset required for the course. Application forms and policies are available upon request. For more information, please call 902-892-8999 or contact Lynn at Lynn.Milligan@forces.gc.ca.
DFIT Now Available to Military Familes

DFIT is now available for families!  DFIT.ca helps prepare Canadian Armed Forces personnel for the physical rigours of today's complex and demanding operating environments.  DFIT.ca for Families and Veterans introduces a complimentary online resource featuring general fitness and a more family-friendly, total lifestyle approach to active living.  Enjoy access to all of the benefits of DFIT.ca with customized features for you. 
Welcome Baby Program
Did you or another military family you know recently welcome a new addition to their family? Let the staff at the PEI MFRC know, so we can offer our congratulations and a Welcome Baby gift bag!
Employment Assistance

The PEI MFRC has entered a partnership with Career Development Services (CDS). Career Development Services has six locations across the Island: Bloomfield, Charlottetown, Souris, Summerside, Wellington, and Montague. All services are free of charge.

Whether you are looking for work, changing your career, returning to the workforce, or exploring career and training opportunities, CDS can help. They offer a friendly and confidential environment where you are able to learn about career options, discover your skills and abilities, and search for employment. Website: http://cdspei.ca/home

MAY EVENTS
(for locations and more details go to http://cdspei.ca/events_calendar)

May 11, 5–8PM: COMMUNITY ACCESS & INCLUSION EXPO - STRATFORD. This event is FREE and open to EVERYONE! The 2016 Community Access & Inclusion Expo, hosted by the English Language School Board, (ELSB), will be taking place between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Stratford Town Hall. Each year, inclusive agencies and service providers from across PEI gather at the Expo to provide information about the opportunities they offer, such as: assistive technology, inclusive recreation options, life skills, day programs, employment options, post-secondary education, training opportunities, advocacy & support, respite care, housing, funding options, and transportation.

There will be booths, information sessions, and fun activities! For further information contact: Shelley Nelson, ELSB, Community Access Facilitator, slnelson@edu.pe.ca 902-368-6990; Alison Campbell, ELSB, Inclusive Education Consultant, aycampbell@edu.pe.ca; Julie Desjardins, CSLF, Adjointe à la coordination des services aux élèves, jjdesjardins@edu.pe.ca, 902-566-1715 More Info: http://employmentjourney.com/event/6315/?instance_id=470


May 16, 9am–12:30pm: PASSPORT TO EMPLOYMENT - CHARLOTTETOWN & SUMMERSIDE. Passport to Employment is designed for Island workers ages 55 to 64 who wish to re-enter the workforce. Training involves 5 weeks of classroom time. Participants enhance their job search skills, including resume and cover letter writing, interview techniques, networking, and conducting informational interviews. After the course, job search support and assistance is provided. Call 902-620-3857 or the following Career Bridges offices: Charlottetown 902-566-2811; Summerside 902-436-5739. The date for the program is tentative and based on enrollment numbers. More Info: http://employmentjourney.com/event/passport-to-employment-oleary-west-prince-2/?instance_id=278 Contact: Yvonne Doyle 902-620-3857

May 17: 2016 WOMEN IN BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM - CHARLOTTETOWN. The 2016 Women in Business Symposium is an event for Island women in business to develop their leadership capacity, learn new strategies, gain inspiration, establish new connections and access professional resources to grow personally and professionally. The theme for 2016 is Grow. Anything is Possible. This unique learning opportunity will help foster personal and professional capacity of Island business women, professionals and entrepreneurs through a program designed to meet their needs. Sessions will focus on practical and innovative ways for participants to build, grow and expand their businesses and professional skills. There will be keynote presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, followed by an informal networking mixer to continue the conversations that started during the day. More Info: http://employmentjourney.com/event/2016-women-business-symposium/?instance_id=468 Contact: 902-892-6040 Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts - 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown
 
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Staff

Donna Earl                                                                  Nancy Mollison                            
Executive Director                                                       Office Administrator                     
donna.earl@forces.gc.ca                                            nancy.mollison@forces.gc.ca         

Bernie Mullin-Splude                                                   Lynn Milligan
Program Coordinator                                                  Program Coordinator         
bernadine.mullin-splude@forces.gc.ca                       lynn.milligan@forces.gc.ca                                                                                                    
Edward MacAulay                                                       Margaret MacKenzie
Family Liaison Officer, RSW                                       Virtual Program Coordinator
edward.macaulay@forces.gc.ca                                 virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com

Sue Pollard
Special Projects Coordinator
susan.pollard@forces.gc.ca

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