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Military Families--The Strength Behind the Uniform
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Here's what's  happening at the PEI MFRC in December...
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December is such a busy month for many Islanders, and it's no exception at the PEI MFRC. Amongst the hectic pace of the holiday season, please take some time to remember our soldiers serving overseas and their families who are missing them.
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Holiday Party: Dec 12

The PEI Military Family Resource Centre (PEI MFRC) invites all Island military families to its annual holiday party, taking place December 12 from 12:45–3:30 at the Murchison Centre (17 St. Pius X Ave) in Charlottetown.

There is no cost to attend this event, and it is open to all military members and their families and all veterans and their families.

There will be pizza, carnival games, a bouncy castle, crafts, face painting, balloons, cotton candy, and perhaps even a special visitor from the North Pole!

Organizers do ask that attendees pre-register before December 9 by calling 902.892.8999.

 
Operation Wish Day at Sears: Dec 6

On December 6, Sears Canada is offering CAF members and veterans 15% off most regular and sale-priced merchandise (*excludes prices ending in .97). For catalogue and online purchases, use the code 941612521
Recordings of Virtual Sessions

The PEI MFRC has hosted some dynamic information sessions for all ages and we now have recordings available of some of these amazing learning opportunities.
  • The Family Care Plan giving you tips and insight on how to plan for an emergency in your household. Recording.
  • The Caregivers’ Brigade an award winning website sharing more than 130 resources & organizations in a one stop shop, that are available for CAF families. Recording
  • How to Talk to Children About Stressful Events. Recording
These recordings will also be made available on our website, in case these links will not open for you here.
PEI MFRC Holiday Hours

A reminder that the MFRC office (Watts Ave.) will be closing for the holiday from December 24 until January 4. Staff will be available if an emergency arises. The emergency contact number is 902.314.9860.
Support the Troops Hockey Game

Join us January 8 (7PM) for the Support the Troops Hockey Game when the Charlottetown Islanders take on the Gatineau Olympiques. Tickets are free for Serving CAF members (with ID), $10 for each additional adult family member, and  $5 for each additional student/child.

Please contact the PEI MFRC to reserve your tickets.
Homemade Gift Ideas

Looking for some gift ideas that you can make? Check out the websites noted below:

101+ inexpensive handmade Christmas gifts
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/handmade-christmas-gifts/

Top 38 Easy and Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make
http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/top-38-easy-and-cheap-diy-christmas-crafts-kids-can-make

Gifts You Can Make for Christmas | AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/Christmas-Gifts-to-Make/page/1
Send letters to deployed soldiers for free

It’s never easy for a soldier to be deployed overseas, far away from loved ones and familiar surroundings, but it is especially difficult over the holidays. Executive Director of the PEI branch of the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), Donna Earl, encourages Islanders to consider sending a card or letter to a Canadian soldier serving overseas this Christmas. Letters can be sent for free, assuming they fit within the guidelines established by Canada Post Free Mail Initiative and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Islanders can send letters to deployed troops free of charge (up to 500g) until December 31, 2015, at any Canada Post retail outlets. However, letters addressed to “Any Canadian Soldier” do not qualify for the free program, and would require postage.

If you do not know the name of a specific soldier, you can drop your letter off to the PEI MFRC, and we will address the letter for you.
Volunteer Meeting

Our monthly volunteer meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the MFRC office at the DET, 88 Watts Ave., Charlottetown. We will be wrapping gifts for the holiday party and having a little Holiday Social!
 
New Volunteers 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 (Lynn.Milligan@forces.gc.ca) or call 902.892.8999.
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Financial Readiness 101 Coming in February

In February, PEI MFRC is partnering with SISIP, CF1 Appreciation & BMO Canada’s Defense Community Banking to bring you Financial Readiness 101, a six-week, bilingual series that will answer your money management questions in the areas of Budgeting 101, Investing your Severance, Your Credit Rating (and How to Protect it), How to do your taxes, CF1 Appreciation, and Mortgage & Money Sense.  More information on this session will be posted on our website and in our January newsletter.

All of these dynamic virtual programs and more will be coming to you in the next few months from the comfort of your home computer.  Invite a friend from a previous posting, come one come all!  For registration details of these and other virtual programs please see the virtual program calendar of events for Dec 15 /Jan 16.  My virtual door is always wide open, I look forward to your questions and comments and can be reached by email at Virtual.MFRCPEI@gmail.com

~Margaret McKenzie
PEI MFRC Hosting Virtual Book Club

The PEI Military Family Resource Centre offers virtual workshops to help connect Island military families with other military families.  These interactive webinars are free to attend and offer a range of information such as scholarships, PTSD, and budgeting.

In December, the PEI MFRC will start a new ongoing virtual book club, and on December 8 at 730PM, we will host an information session. Since many military families move around, a virtual book club allows members to maintain connections no matter their posting location. Even for military members and families who do not move around, a virtual book club is a great way to connect with other military families across the country.

For more information, including how to register, please visit the PEI MFRC website (http://www.peimfrc.ca/) and check out the Events Calendar. You can also call the PEI MFRC office at 902.892.8999.
Cpt. Terry Hunter Shares His Story with PEI MFRC

Last month, PEI's own Captain Terry Hunter shared his deployment journey to the South of Sudan. We were honoured to have him share his experience with us. Here's what participant Joanna Church, MFS US Virtual Program Coordinator, said about the session: 

On November 18, we had the pleasure of attending a virtual session with Captain Terry Hunter, brought to us by MFRC PEI Virtual Programming. Capt. Hunter was stationed in the South of the Sudan for a peacekeeping mission with the U.N. and shared a photo slide show with amazing stories and insights into the role they played to bring peace to a beautiful community.  He also shared with us how the MFRC Volunteer deployment packages were a lifeline to home and many gifts of education to the children that he met along the way. We laughed and even cried while hearing him recount stories of armed rebels, curious children, and somewhat challenging living conditions.

Click here to read the article from the Guardian Newspaper about Captain Terry Hunter (full link: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/World/2008-12-02/article-1287766/Islander-finds-joy-in-simple-moments-as-UN-Military-Observer-in-Sudan/1)

 
Coffee Social Time

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday, December 8 from 10:00am to 11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at PEI MFRC / DET, 88 Watts Ave., Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome…hope to see you there!
 
Operation Building Bridges Coming in January

PEI MFRC's virtual programs are continuing to engage and motivate through the upcoming months with Operation Building Bridges, a partnership with True Patriot Love where we will be hosting three dynamic motivational speakers who will share their experiences and their journeys of challenges and celebrations to become leaders in our Canadian Military Family Community.  Come to the virtual classroom and meet  Kim Mills, from She is Fierce, Vince Savoia from Heroes are Human, and Jody Mitic, a retired military sniper, author, and an advocate for wounded veterans and people with disabilities.

Watch our Facebook Page, Events Calendar on our website, and our January newsletter for more information.

 
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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