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Military Families--The Strength Behind the Uniform
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Summer's a busy time for our Island military families...
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Resources for Families with CF Members Away this Summer

Do you have a military member away on training or exercise this summer? There are resources available to you should you need them. Remember that your PEI MFRC is there for you…simply call 902.892.8999. We’d be happy to help you if we can. Another option available to you is the Family Information Line…

PEI has a high number of reservists who are away for the summer season. For tips on making the most out of your PEI summer while missing a family member, see our recent blog post: http://www.peimfrc.ca/2015/06/tis-the-season/


 
Scholarship Summer Challenge

Facts about Scholarships:
  • Scholarships are for everyone from 16–96
  • Scholarships Canada alone has more than 80, 000 scholarship opportunities worth more than $275,000,000 
  • There are more than 5 million dollars in scholarships that are never claimed simply because no one has applied
  • Don't pay for a scholarship application—a true scholarship will never have a fee attached
  • You don't have to be in financial need nor do you need to have saved a small country to be eligible for a scholarship. Did you know there is a scholarship for being tall?
  • The scholarship essay is key and should be edited by at least 3 people. Use creativity and honesty to highlight your accomplishments, volunteer/ community experiences, and academic achievements.
  • Stake your Claim Apply—The more you apply to, the more chances that you have to secure funding for your education.  
Support our Troops Scholarships First Deadline: July 31, 2015

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Support Our Troops (SOT) Scholarship Program introduced for the 2015–16 academic year.  The SOT Scholarship Program is available to families of currently serving members and veterans.  

At this time, 5 full-time Scholarships and 2 part-time scholarships will be awarded annually. For full-time students, the maximum value of the scholarship is $10K, to be split equally over the course of the program, to a maximum of four years. For part-time students, the maximum value of the scholarship is $5K to be split over the course of the program to a maximum of six years.     
 
For more details: http://www.peimfrc.ca/2015/06/scholarship-summer-challenge-for-teensyouth/

Summer Challenge for Teens & Youth
  • Listen to the 25 minute recording of the latest Scholarships—Finding the Hidden Dollars (recording can be found in the link above)
  • Set up a profile on Scholarships Canada
  • Choose at least one scholarship to apply for
  • Write the first draft of your scholarship essay  
  • Apply for at least one scholarship  
Let me know of your success at Virtual.MFRCPEI@gmail.com
Stake your Claim Apply!
Tip-to-Tip Tour 2015

We're getting set to pile in the van and head out across PEI! We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the various community festivals we'll be attending. Come say hi if you see our booth (we may even have a goody for you!).

We're still putting the finishing touches on our schedule, but we can tell you that we'll be in Cardigan on Canada Day and in Montague on July 5. Check out our events calendar for more details: http://www.peimfrc.ca/events/

 
Family Information Line (FIL)

Peace of mind is only a phone call away!

As the loved one of a Canadian Armed Forces (CF) member, you can contact the Family Information Line (FIL) for any support you may need as a result of the unique nature of military life.

The FIL offers confidential, personal, and bilingual assistance. Our counsellors can help your family obtain information, and provide reassurance, support, and referral to the various services offered to CF families.

FIL counsellors provide supportive counselling seven days a week, 24 hours a day. By calling the FIL, you will be connected to friendly, experienced professionals who are well-versed on CF communities and services. Our counsellors can also connect you with helpful national and local resources, including your local Military Family Resource Centre.
  • 1-800-866-4546 (International)
  • 1-613-995-5234 (Collect calls)
  • FIL@familyforce.ca
Volunteer Summer Update

Our monthly meetings will resume in September. Enjoy the summer, everyone!
 
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Islander Graduates from US School of Advanced Military Studies

On May 21, 2015, Major Errol MacEachern, from New Argyle, PEI, graduated with distinction from the United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

This summer, Major MacEachern and his wife, Alycia Adams-MacEachern, will move to Kingston, Ontario, where Errol will take a position with the Army Staff. He anticipates applying his education as a military planner to his new role.

Congratulations, Major MacEachern, from all of us at the PEI Military Family Resource Centre and all your friends and supporters here in PEI!

To read the full blog:
http://www.peimfrc.ca/2015/05/islander-graduates-from-us-school-of-advanced-military-studies/
 
Confederation Centre Tickets Available for Military Families

We're partnering with the Confederation Centre of the Arts to offer our military families a special deal on Festival tickets. We're still working out the exact details, so keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates!

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has an exciting lineup as part of the Charlottetown Festival this summer (June 11–October 12). The 2015 Festival features three classic literary champions at its foundation, including the Atlantic Canadian premiere of the Stratford Festival/National Arts Centre hit, Alice Through the Looking-Glass; a co-production of the epic love story, Evangeline; and the 51st successive season of Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™. 
Other productions include the world premiere of Bittergirl—The Musical and Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad.  For more details, visit confederationcentre.com
Coffee Time: Summer Update

Summer is so busy, and with us hopping around the Island on our Tip-to-Tip tour, we'll be pausing our monthly coffee hours until September. We're sure you'll have great stories to tell us at our September social!

Of course, if you happen to be around the MFRC office, drop by for a chat—we'd love to see you!

 
Parenting Tips During Summer Exercises

(By Christine Sulek, Military Family Services)

Whether your parenting partner is only a few kilometers away or across the continent, parenting during an exercise is a lot like parenting through a deployment. It takes stamina, perseverance and sometimes more than a little caffeine. Here are some tips to help make it manageable.


1. Avoid scheduling multiple activities at the same time. No matter how fabulous you are, it is hard to be in more than one place at once. Share driving duties with other parents whenever possible.

2. Expect the worst. If the baby is sick and the dog just got skunked, the roof will probably also leak while your spouse is away! Plan for the worst and make sure you have access to emergency funds if the other partner is going to be away for more than a few days. Keeping a handyman on speed dial isn’t a bad idea either.

3. Look into respite care or drop-off babysitting. Even a couple of hours per week will sometimes be enough to help. If you can, swap some time off with a friend who has children who are close in age. Keep in mind that it is reasonable to use some of that field pay for babysitting.

4. Keep a stock of quick meals in the freezer for “those days”. Breakfast for supper is perfectly acceptable. Pizza has all the food groups!

5. Help young children remember the absent parent with photos, stories, videos and letters. Sometimes phone calls are difficult or happen at awkward times. Recording a favourite bedtime story beforehand will help keep their voice alive.

6. Lower your standards. The vacuuming can usually wait. There will be days when mediocre parenting is good enough. Be forgiving and give yourself credit for doing it all.

7. Most importantly, take care of yourself. Don’t forget to eat properly, sleep enough and keep up your support network. Nothing restores the soul like a listening ear.

To get in touch with a listening ear, don’t hesitate to call the Family Information Line from 8:00 a.m. until midnight on weekdays (EST). On weekends and holidays, leave a message and a counsellor will return your call as soon as possible.


 
Military Discounts

The CF Appreciation Program was created to offer a variety of discounts to Canadian military personnel and their families in recognition of their sacrifices and dedication.

Get your CF One card here: https://www.cfappreciation.ca/en/Pages/default.aspx

We have a list of PEI businesses who offer discounts here: http://www.peimfrc.ca/local-discounts/

 
Military Family Resource Centre                                                                                     

88 Watts Avenue
Charlottetown, PE  C1E 2C1
(902) 892-8999
www.familyforce.ca


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





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