Welcome to the PEI MFRC Newsletter where we will keep you up to date on all the newest happenings at your MFRC.
News & Events
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COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
In order for the PEI MFRC to have its fingers on the pulse of the military community, we need to capture the opinions of as many of you as possible. As a result, the deadline for our Community Needs Assessment has been extended to June 27th. Please take 5 minutes to complete the form. This survey will help us not only to determine the needs of our military family community but it will assist us in meeting your needs by providing the services you value. Your input will have a direct impact on programming and will help us to serve you better, now and into the future. We value your opinion and thank you in advance for your participation. To complete the survey, follow the link: https://mqoresearch.iviewatlantic.ca/wix/p1835003494.aspx
Hard copies are also available at the Military Family Resource Centre, 88 Watts Avenue or at their satellite office at HMCS Queen Charlotte, 210 Water Street.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The PEI Military Family Resource Centre elected its very first Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting on June 9th at the HMCS Queen Charlotte. Family members castt heir votes and elected the seven nominees: Julie Ambrose, David Ellis, Dian Ling, Tyler Coady, Jeff Barrett, Joyce McPhee and Greg Davis.
Congratulations to all!
The CFONE CARD
Summer may be the time to take advantage of many of the local discounts to the military community available through the CF Appreciation program. The CFOne card is the one card you need to access programs and services delivered by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS). The CFOne card consolidates the functions of several cards into a single card. It easily and accurately confirms your membership within the Canadian military community of one million strong and provides you with access to both the CANEX Rewards Program (the program that rewards you for shopping at CANEX) and the CF Appreciation Program (the official discount program of the Canadian Armed Forces community).
In the future, it will also be the one card to support membership to PSP sports, fitness and recreation programs and services at Bases and Wings across the country. In addition, the CFOne card will provide membership and confirm access to messes and specialty interest activities, such as golf, curling and sailing clubs.
On PEI, some of the discounts include: Greenwood Golf Club, Anne of Green Gables Museum, Matthew's Carriage Ride, Sandpit Entertainment Ltd. and Shining Waters. For more information, visit the CF Appreciation website at www.cfappreciation.ca
MEET OUR PROGRAM STAFF
Bernadine Mullin-Splude--Bernie comes from a PEI family. Her parents were from Morell and St. Peter’s Bay. After living her first 12 years in Summerside, Bernie’s family moved to Charlottetown where she attended Jr. High and High School. Her Secondary & Post-Secondary degrees were obtained from Mt. St.Vincent University in Halifax. In 1985, she received her B.HEc. and then in 2004, she completed her thesis on The Experience of Community in Canadian Military Families: a female partners’ perspective and obtained her Master of Arts in Human Ecology (MA.H.E.).
TIP TO TIP TOUR
The MFRC staff will be traveling throughout the Island this summer, not only to introduce themselves and the services and programs of the MFRC, but also reach out to all members of the PEI military community. Look for us in your town.
June 27th – Tignish Irish Moss Festival
In July 2001, after working 16 years in the banking industry, Bernie entered a new phase of her career when she joined the Halifax & Region MFRC. For the first 6 years at Halifax, she was a facilitator for the Family Separation & Reunion program and for the next 7 years she was their Outreach Coordinator. On April 1, 2014, Bernie joined the staff of the PEI MFRC as a Program Coordinator for the Family Separation & Reunion and Prevention, Support & Intervention areas. Bernie considers her work with military families as one with the most considerable learning
She is married to John Splude and is the mother of Patrick & Ben.
Edward MacAulay--Ed MacAulay is your Family Liaison Officer. Ed was born and raised in Cardigan, PEI and attended Montague High School. While in high school, Ed was a member of the PEI Militia for two years. After high school, Ed spent a number of years trying to find his path in life working at many jobs including construction, railway, shipyards, painting, working with horses, and even selling encyclopaedias. Finally, Ed decided he wanted to return to school and became a social worker. IN 1981, Ed started his social work education ending with a Bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Thomas University, and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto.
For most of his career, Ed has worked with children, youth, and their families. Early in his career, he worked as a primary intake worker for the provincial government, assessing families in order to help them meet their basic needs. As well, Ed investigated child protection reports whenever they would come to his office. Following, Ed spent two years as a Probation Officer, before leaving PEI to accept a position as an Executive Director of a Family Counselling Agency in Fredericton, NB. Ed spent four years in that position but moved back to PEI in 1995. Since that time, Ed has lived back in Cardigan and has worked as a clinical social worker doing child protection supervision for nine years and as a manager of an employee assistance program for provincial employees. Since retirement in the fall of 2013, Ed has started counselling individuals, couples, and families on a private basis. Now he is focussing on his new role as Family Liaison Officer. Ed’s approach to “helping” is to work with and for the client, assisting them, when they are experiencing troubles on issues they are not able to resolve on their own. Ed looks forward to meeting and getting to know the military families on PEI and he hopes he is able to make positive contributions to the well-being of military families on PEI.
Lynn Milligan--Lynn was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. She is one of three children born to Robert and Pearl McNeil. Lynn was raised in military family and in addition to living in NB, her family also lived in St. Hubert, Quebec, Summerside, PE, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan and then back to Summerside.
Lynn married her husband Rick in 1989 and began her journey as a military spouse, living in Petawawa, Ontario and Gagetown, New Brunswick.
A graduate of the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, Lynn worked in the early childhood field for many years as an educator and a director. From 1997 to 2011, Lynn worked as the Child Care Director at the Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre. In 2011, Lynn and Rick “retired” to PEI. Lynn quickly realized she was not quite ready to retire and worked as the Administrative Assistant at the PEI Military Family Services Centre for two years.
On April 14, 2014, Lynn joined the staff team of the new PEI Military Family Resource Centre as one of the Program Coordinators. She oversees the following programs: Volunteers, Personal Development, Community Integration and Child and Youth.
Having been raised in a military family and then having a military spouse, Lynn is familiar with the joys and challenges of living the military lifestyle. Her experiences working with children and families and her 18 years’ experience with MFRCs has taught her what a valuable gift a Military Family Resource Centre can be for a family, child or adult. Her belief is that MFRCs are a resource and support system not only to military families but to their surrounding community as a whole.
Lynn looks forward to meeting you and your family.
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
June 28th – Summerside Veterans’ Memorial Ceremony
July 1st – Cardigan Canada Day Celebrations
July 12th – Montague Days
July 19th – O’Leary Potato Blossom Festival
July 26th – Alberton Provincial Exhibition
August 9th – Charlottetown Old Home Week
August 16th – Kennsington Harvest Festival
August 23rd – Stanley Bridge River Days
THE FAMILY ROAD TRIP
With Summer right around the corner many of you are beginning to plan for your family vacation. While flying is becoming more and more affordable, there is nothing quite like packing up the car and heading out on the road for an adventure. Here are 10 Must Haves For An Easy Summer Road Trip recommended by Robyn Good at the Tourist Meets Traveler website. Some are simple tips on planning your trip and others are products or services that may be worth your time and money to make the vacation smoother and more enjoyable. Whatever your destination, make this year’s road trip one that will go down in family history as the best vacation ever.
OLD SCHOOL ATLAS: While we live in a day and age where GPS is not only on our phones but available in many vehicles as well we often don’t think about grabbing a true paper map when traveling. Although it may not be needed, there are some locations where cell service and satellite signal could be spotty and your GPS system might not lead you in the right or best direction. Always keep an atlas on hand and pick up state highway maps at each visitor center you pass. Having these can be both a fun educational way to navigate with the kids but could also help you out of an endless circle of being lost on the road.
EMERGENCY KIT WITH CLOTHING & SNACKS: While it may seem like you wouldn’t need to pack this separate since you will have luggage in your car, it is important to have an emergency kit that is easy to access and that will remain in your car at all times. If you reach your destination but find need for something while away from your motel this can be a lifesaver; especially with kids in tow. Recommended are: changes of clothing for each person, basic first aid kit including kid friendly medications, 1-2 gallons of water, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky and a notebook with a list of emergency contact information, insurance information and photographs of each family member.
CUSTOM FAMILY MIX-TAPE: Whether you burn it to an actual CD or simply upload playlists to the MP3 player creating a fun mix of music that the entire family will love is a must for those long hours in the car. Silly songs from childhood, latest Top 40, easy listening tunes or even classical are all great to add to your mix tape. Creating a playlist for each family member is also a great way to allow kids a turn at choosing what you listen to. Pre-approved music will be in their playlist and you will already know they are going to enjoy it as well.
COMFORT ITEMS FROM HOME: While this is typically for the kids, many adults appreciate the little comforts from home while on the road. Packing your own pillow, special blanket or stuffed animal can go a long way toward making a hotel feel safer for those who don’t like being away from home.
NON MESSY SNACKS: Inevitably someone is going to be hungry on that long 200 mile stretch of prairie where there are no gas stations or fast food joints. Pick out a variety of non messy snacks like fruit, string cheese, pretzels, etc. to pack in easy containers and cooler in the car for quick snacks while traveling.
CAA OR SIMILAR MEMBERSHIP: This can save and help when on the road. No matter how new your car is or how thorough a check you had done before leaving home, you never know what might happen on the road. For around $100 a year you can have a great roadside assistance plan that works nationwide for towing, flat tire repair and even that time you run out of gas. The membership can also help plan your trip and provide discounts along the way!
EXTRA CUSHION OF TRAVEL DAYS: Always figure in at least 1-2 extra days of travel into your schedule just in case. You never know what delays or emergencies could happen along the road and knowing you have a little cushion of time can mean a lot in those circumstances.
ITINERARY OF POTENTIAL STOPS: While you may know your ultimate destination is a 16 hour drive from your home, you don’t know what lies between here and there. Taking a look at the map and making note of potential stops along the way for gas, food, bathroom breaks or site seeing is well worth your time. This can help prevent you from having a bathroom accident with a toddler or running out of gas in the 100+ degree temperatures of the desert.
BOOKS & ELECTRONIC GADGETS: The availability and reasonable price of most hand held gaming systems and eReaders have made them a common household product. Chargers, backup batteries, games and these devices are a life saver on the road for kids and adults of all ages. Make sure to set ground rules on when and how often they can be used prior to departure but don’t feel guilty for handing them out when the stress of the road starts getting to you.
A GOOD ATTITUDE AND DESIRE FOR ADVENTURE: This is the most important part of any road trip. Understanding it may not always be the most comfortable or easy thing to do and having a good attitude that is ready for fun and adventure will go a long way toward making any family vacation a great time for memories and sharing.
Remember the best part of a road trip is the journey itself. Adventures are everywhere you go and these 10 Must Haves For An Easy Summer Road Trip are a great place to start to ensure your family has an adventure that is fun, safe and full of loving memories they share for years to come.
NEW VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED
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.
VOLUNTEER TEAM MEETING
The volunteer team meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd from 6:30pm – 8:00pm., location to be confirmed. The PEI MFRC has now completed a new application form and orientation manual and all members of the volunteer team are required to complete both the application form and orientation session with the volunteer coordinator. The July 23rd meeting will be dedicated to this process and all volunteer members are strongly encouraged to attend. Looking forward to seeing you…for more information please contact Lynn at
PEIR REGIMENT BBQ
On Saturday June 7th, a BBQ was held for PEIR Regiment families at Slemon Park. Approximately 30 - 35 members and their families attended the event. Despite the weather, a good time was had by all. It was a great opportunity for the PEIR Regiment members and families to meet the PEI MFRC staff team, have supper, talk and just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
Special thanks go to:
- The military members who transported the BBQ, tables and chairs
- Lt. Andrew Dunford for coordinating the event with the MFRC
- Everyone who attended
- The volunteers who assisted with the event
HMCS QUEEN CHARLOTTE AND 5 CDSG BBQ
On Tuesday June 24th, a BBQ was held for the members of HMCS Queen Charlotte and 5 CDSG to thank them for the office space and support they have shown to the PEI Military Family Resource Centre. The weather cooperated and it was a wonderful opportunity to have lunch together and relax.
The next coffee hour will be held on Thursday July 10th from 10:00am to 11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at the PEI MFRC at 88 Watts Ave. Looking forward to seeing you there!
A special thanks to OSR Daniel Scott for the wonderful entertainment at the June coffee hour at HMCS Queen Charlotte! We certainly appreciate it and it made the coffee very memorable.
The PEI MFRC is now able to offer on-line second language training for military family members. We have 9 licenses and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is free of charge, but there is a $10.00 fee for the headphones required for the course. We are currently in the process of developing our application form and policies for this program and our goal is to start registering eligible applicants in June.
For more information, please call 902-892-8999.
Interviews are nerve-racking for most of us. Here are a few tips on how to get ready and what should stay on your mind during an interview.
2. Be punctual.
3. Consider the position when deciding what to wear.
4. Arrive to an interview alone.
6. Be confident.
7. Consider ahead of time some possible questions that could be asked.
8. Come prepared.
9. Offer a solid handshake.
10. Do not get thrown off by odd questions.
11. If the question is unclear, don't be afraid to clarify.
12. Understand the job description before the interview.
13. Look the interviewer in the eye.
14. Be aware of your body language.
15. Answer questions as accurately and efficiently as possible.
16. Be professional.
17. Be honest.
18. Be prepared to relate your personal experience to the position.
20. Be polite.
21. Make sure the interviewer feels he or she is in control.
22. Do not talk negatively about your current employer.
23. Be ready to ask questions if necessary.
24. Find out when a response is expected.
25. If it is a phone interview, remember the interviewer can't see you, so your tone of voice is extremely important.
- A completed sample application for employment, which can be used as a guide and a reminder of the information needed on an actual form;
- Open letters of recommendation, they can be given to the interviewer on request.
- A resume, the interviewer may ask for it at the start of the interview.
- Training or other certificates related to the job for which you are applying. Don't forget your volunteer activities.
What It Should Look Like
First impressions mean a lot when it comes to getting a job, so you want to make sure your resume stands out from the rest. This doesn't mean you should cut and paste all the words on your resume from a magazine or print it on florescent paper, but you should make it presentable. Use an easy to read font and print it out on good quality paper. Some office supply stores even have specific resume paper you can buy.
The most important thing to have on your resume is your contact information. This includes your full name, address, phone number and email address if you have one. Make sure all of your info is up-to-date because you don't want to miss a call for an interview!
This is where you want to write the school you attend, what grade you are in and what level of education you have completed. If you've taken any courses outside of school like acting classes, babysitting training, or a CPR class, include those too.
Even if you have very limited work experience include everything you have done. From babysitting to mowing lawns, every little bit counts! If you can't think of any work experience you have, just title this category "Experience" and list all of the volunteer work you've done in the past.
Positive Discipline in 6 Easy Steps
FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
(Today's Parent Magazine)
Try not to be saying no, no, no all the time. You know they'll just shut it out anyway. It's always more helpful to say, "This is where you can jump" or “You need to eat in the kitchen."
Teach By Example:
Parents can teach by example all the time. If you start yelling and getting upset with them, that's what they will learn to do.
Direct guidance can be useful with young children. It's no good to stand in the doorway and yell "stop that!" or "Come here!” You have to actually guide them. That might mean putting your hands on his shoulders and propelling them, gently, in the direction you want them to go.
If your child runs through the kitchen and knocks something over make sure they clean it up. If they require assistance, that's OK too. But make sure you insist.
It's better to have fewer rules, but be clear about them. Do not change the rules based on your mood; be consistent!
Give a Little:
Have a good perspective on what issues matter and which ones aren't worth making a fuss about. Many younger children's behavior issues will be outgrown as the child matures. Finding the right balance for your family - and for each individual child - will help you begin the teaching process that is discipline in a positive way.
This game is similar to regular horseshoes but, instead of using horseshoes and stakes, you will use beanbags and hula hoops. Place a hula hoop about ten feet behind a starting line. Have children take turns trying to throw beanbags into the hula hoop. Give children two points for each beanbag that lands inside the hoop and one point for any bean bag that touches the hoop but is not entirely inside the hoop.
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6717603_fun-outdoor-games-young-kids.htm
PAINT BAG WRITING
Learning to write letters and numbers can be frustrating for little hands! I like to offer lots of play activities that help build those fine motor skills in a relaxed, fun way. Toddlers and up will enjoy making shapes, swirls, and even letters on a plastic bag filled with paint.
To make your own paint bag writing tablet, put some finger paint or tempera paint into a sturdy freezer zip-top plastic bag. Seal it well and smoosh the paint around the entire bag. (You could even add a strip of packing tape across the top if you are worried about your child opening the bag.) That’s it!
We like to tape ours down to the table so it doesn’t wiggle around too much. Try doodling and writing with your finger first. Your child may also enjoy using a cotton swab to write with. When your tablet is full of scribbles (or sight words for older kids), smoosh and smear the paint around and start over. No mess, just fun!
Happy playing! To see step by step tutorial with photos, go to:
SPLASH DOWN GAME
Air Canada offers new checked baggage policy for CAF membersEffective immediately, members of the Canadian military will benefit from an enhanced baggage allowance whenever they travel on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or Air Canada Express. Eligible active and retired members of the Canadian military are entitled to up to three pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb.) each. The allowance applies to both personal and duty travel.
Hot summer days call for fun water games. Splashdown is a sponge toss game that can turn into a raucous water battle complete with giggling and soaked clothing. You need only a few items to get started, including small plastic buckets, large car wash sponges and water. Every child gets a bucket filled with water and a sponge. Instruct kids to stand about 8 feet apart with the buckets in front of them. The trick is to throw your sponge into the opposing player’s water-filled bucket and splash him. Each splashdown is worth one point. The first player who earns 10 points wins.
After completing their check-in, eligible customers are invited to see an airport agent to have their baggage fee waived, upon presentation of military identification.
Acceptable forms of Canadian military identification:
- DND ID card for National Defence (NDI 20)
- Record of Service Card (NDI 75)
- Any Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card
- Discharge Certificate from any branch of the Canadian Military
- Statement of Service from any branch of the Canadian Military
- Certificate of Service (CF 54 or CF 75) from any branch of the Canadian Military
- Valid DND Temporary ID card (NDI 10)
- Canadian Forces or Former member CFOne card (with photo ID)