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Valentines for Veterans

This year, the PEI Military Family Resource Centre partnered with the PEI Public Library Service on the Valentines for Veterans project.

A special thank you to all the participating libraries and the children who created beautiful valentines to thank veterans and show their gratitude for the sacrifices and achievements veterans made in serving our country.

You can still send a valentine to a veteran with a personal message by sending it by February 1 to:

Valentines for Vets
Veterans Affairs Canada Commemoration | Distribution Unit
125 Maple Hills Ave.
Charlottetown, PE C1C 0B6

For tips and message ideas for your valentines please go to http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/valentines-for-veterans/tips
Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid (for Veterans)

In support of the veteran community and in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, we are proud to offer a customized version of the Mental Health First Aid for members of the Veteran Community this May in Charlottetown.

Mental Health First Aid Veteran Community provides help to members of the veteran community developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It does not train people to become counsellors or therapists, and just like with physical first aid, we need to ensure that those most in contact with members of the veteran community can identify an emerging mental health problem and respond effectively in the event of a crisis.

When: May 16–17, 2017 (8:30am–4:30pm)

Registration Deadline: May 2, 2017 (spaces are limited)

Location: Jack Blanchard Family Centre (3 Pond Street, Charlottetown)

Spaces are limited so, if interested, please register ASAP.

For more information, give us all call at 902.892.8999 or email info@pei-mfrc.org
New Mommy/Daddy & Baby Program Coming!
 
The PEI MFRC will be offering a Mommy/Daddy and Baby Coffee hour in March and April. Dates and times will be announced soon…check next month’s newsletter and our Facebook page!

 
International Women's Day Spa
 
On Sunday, March 5, join us at HMCS Queen Charlotte for an afternoon of sweet indulgence in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8).
  • fine refreshments
  • smooth music
  • angel readings (2 mediums presenting)
  • personal grooming treatments by Arbonne
  • glamour photos
and more!

We’re still detailing this event, so watch for upcoming news on registering for this fun and relaxing afternoon that is just for you!

 
Amateur (Ham) Radio Demo Session
 
 A Hobby for Everyone
 
Young and old, able-bodied and paraplegics, blind and sighted...an amateur radio hobby has something for everyone. It’s easy to get started and inexpensive to pursue.
 
In cooperation with 1 Squadron, 36 Sig Regt (f.k.a. 721 Communication Regt), local amateur radio operators will be on hand on Saturday, February 11 at the Brighton Compound, Brighton Road, Charlottetown, to provide demonstrations of radio communications and equipment, including worldwide (shortwave, HF), local (VHF), and even satellite contacts (orbits permitting). They will be on hand to answer questions and introduce visitors to this wonderful and rewarding hobby. Please stay tuned for the start time, registration process, and additional information.
 
 
Monthly Volunteer Meeting (New Volunteers Always Welcome!)
  • Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to share?
  • Do you like working with others?
  • Do you want to give back to the military community?
The PEI MFRC is the place for you!

We are looking for volunteer team members to assist with various upcoming projects and activities. For more information, please contact Lynn at Lynn.Milligan@forces.gc.ca or call 902.892.8999.

Our monthly volunteers meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6:30pm. Our meeting will be held at HMCS Queen Charlotte.

 
Monthly Coffee Social

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday, February 14 from 10:00–11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Everyone is invited…hope to see you there!

 
Seeking Board Members

We're a registered not-for-profit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and we're looking for new members!

These dedicated volunteers use their skills and knowledge to guide the Centre through informed decision making and are responsible for setting policy and providing financial oversight.

Interested in becoming a Board or Committee ember? Contact us today! 902-892-8999

 

We're looking for Veterans & Medically Released CAF Members!

We're putting together a list of veterans, medically released members, and their families for the PEI region. We're hoping to plan events and activities specifically for you! Some ideas include golf tournaments, special workshops, adapted fitness programs, and various other social and networking events. To get your name on the list to receive this info, visit our website and opt-in to the Veterans newsletter (it's over on the side with a note). We promise not to crowd your inbox ... you'll only hear from us when we have a special event to promote!

http://www.peimfrc.ca/
Strongest Families Institute Helps Military Families Dealing with Mental Illnesses

Strongest Families Institute (SFI), a not for profit company, leverages research, technology and highly-skilled staff who deliver evidence-based programs to children and families dealing with mild to moderate mental health and other issues impacting health and well-being. Military families can access these services at no cost, but spaces are limited. This is a popular program—there are currently 3 spaces open for new referrals.

WHY WE EXIST
To provide families timely access to quality services, when and where they need it. Accessing mental health help is not easy. Strongest Families Institute (SFI) exists to change that. Our innovative, proven distance education services offer families flexibility to receive timely care. We remove barriers that others can’t. We are open when others are not.

WHERE WE CAME FROM
The SFI programs were tested and proven in trials at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Families receive skill-based information (handbooks or online), skill-demonstration media and weekly telephone coaching. The psychologically informed programs include:

• Parenting the Active Child (3-12 year olds with disruptive behaviour problems)
• Chase Worries Away (6-17 year olds with anxiety problems)
• Dry Nights Ahead (5-12 year olds with nighttime bedwetting)

Dedicated to consistent outcome measurement and reporting, results are very strong.
Resolved: 92%; Improved: 5%; No Improvement: 3%

For more information about SFI, please go to http://strongestfamilies.com/

 
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!
 
Voila Learning

Is your military child struggling in their French program? Voilà Learning, working in partnership with Military Family Services, provides a free online assistance to children who want help and practice speaking French, or have questions about their French homework.

The Voilà Learning Virtual Immersion Campus offers your child customizable avatar-based support. The ‘world’ the children work in is appealing because it resembles a typical école and their questions are answered in real time by professional tutors in a virtual group setting.

French help and practice is available to children ages 5 to eighteen in a variety of subjects on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to11p.m. EST. Children may connect through the Virtual Immersion Campus, Facebook, Google Chrome or Firefox browsers, call or text.

To enroll your child, registration is required to validate that you are a military family. After registration is complete a code will be emailed to you allowing your child access to the Voilà Learning Virtual Immersion Campus.

To view a video detailing how the service can be of benefit to your military family and/or to enroll in the Virtual Immersion Campus visit http://voilalearning.com/en/military-family-services



 
A Note from our Virtual Program Coordinator

 Self care is important for every parent, spouse, and caregiver, especially in the realm of the military lifestyle. ~ Paula Ramsay.
   
Caregivers Series

One best practice in virtual programming is to practice prior to any major workshop or virtual event. Last month, I had the privilege of practicing with The Caregivers’ Brigade Team (Paula Ramsay, Jeanette McLeod, and Marie Andrée Malette), as well as The COPE Founders Chris & Kathryn Linford.  I will be meeting with Alannah Gilmore prior to her presentation on January 31.

Wow, these people have a journey to share, which shows that we are not alone. The facilitators in this unique virtual guest speaker series have at least one thing in common: A passion to share their stories to help others who are struggling.  Whether you are a social worker or a member of a CAF, veteran, or reservist family, these sessions bring you information that is pertinent and extremely valuable. Our roles as caregivers require us to be healthy in spirit, mind, body and soul. 

Join us for the two final sessions in this series:
SISIP Money Management Series

Financial peace of mind is yet another way that we can take care of ourselves and our families, and SISIP is here to help. So, in continuation of the care for the caregiver series, In February, we're partnering with SISIP to bring you a money management series.
  • February 13, 7pm (English) & 830pm (French): How to save and invest for the future. Pay yourself first, saving for your short- and long-term goals, & how to be successful at it.
  • February 20, 7pm (English) & 830pm (French):  Debt, credit cards, & payday loans. Managing credit cards and avoiding Payday loans. Don’t get caught in the debt trap! Things you need to know.
  • February 27, 7pm (English) & 830pm (French): How to financially prepare for a deployment. Have you checked all the boxes? Financial things to consider before you deploy.
Remember, virtual workshops are recorded, so you can share and view at a time that is convenient to you.
  • Check out the list of virtual programs we've posted online: http://www.peimfrc.ca/virtual-recordings/ From learning to sign with your infant to money savings scholarships tips and more, anything is possible in the interactive virtual classroom! 
To keep up to date with all of the upcoming events in the interactive virtual classroom, please go to our   facebook page and check out our upcoming events. My door is always open, too, if you want to send me a query, comment, or guest speaker suggestion.   

Everyone is welcome in the interactive virtual classroom.  We encourage you to invite a friend from a previous posting.  Remember to take time for yourself today and throughout the new year. What did you do for yourself today?
Cheers,
Margaret Mackenzie
Virtual Outreach Program & Training Coordinator PEI MFRC  
virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com
 
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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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