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PEI MFRC Maine Shopping Trip

We're thrilled to be partnering with Target Tours to offer a shopping trip for PEI military families this fall!

Trip includes:
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation from PEI to South Portland Maine/North Conway (return trip)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tax-free shopping in North Conway
  • $800 Cdn. maximum allowable spending
Bring your CF1 military ID card for potential discounts!

Pricing:
  • $655 (1 person/room)
  • $475 (2 persons/room)
  • $415 (3 persons/room)
  • $375 (4 persons/room)
Note: $125 deposit due upon registration

PEI MFRC will subsidize $10 Cdn. toward one lunch. Bring your receipt into the MFRC after Nov 6 for reimbursement.

Limit: 20 people
Registration Deadline: August 26
Final Payment Deadline: September 20

All travellers must bring a valid Canadian passport with them.

To register, call PEI MFRC (902.892.8999)
Announcing the First-Ever Virtual Ceilidh!
 

♪♪♪♪ Ceilidh!!!!♪♪♪

CEILIDH: a noun, Irish, Scott, and Canadian (mainly, Prince Edward Island)—a party, gathering, or the like, at which singing and storytelling are the usual forms of entertainment.

Can you imagine being part of the first ever Ceilidh in the interactive virtual classroom? Military Family Services is celebrating 25 years of support to Canadian Armed Forces families. How do we celebrate such a momentous milestone here in PEI?

Well, through a virtual Ceilidh of course. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 24, at 730PM Atlantic time. We will be hosting a wide array of musicians of all ages, all from the comfort of your personal computer in the virtual meeting room.

In preparation for this Ceilidh, we are looking for folks to come forward who want to be part of this first ever Virtual Program Ceilidh. We will accept 10 submissions from youth to senior—so we're asking you to submit an original song/music that celebrates/shares the challenges of the journey of being in a military family. If chosen, you'll be invited to share your story of how the music came to be, then sing or dance to your song ... the creativity is endless.

Submissions due by September 15!

We hope to have a few well-known special guests as well ...stay tuned for more info!

Send submissions to  Margaret MacKenzie, Virtual Program Coordinator at virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com

Support Agencies Information Sessions

The PEI Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) will be joined by representatives from the Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC), Veterans Affairs (VAC), Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS), the Legion, RCMP and service Padres/Chaplains who will bring information about support services available to military/veterans/RCMP and their families.

In a casual and informal format, each agency will speak briefly about their organization’s role in providing support and assistance to the military/veteran/RCMP community. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in discussion with the agency representatives. Support materials and agency contact information will be available for those who attend. Light refreshments will be served. There will be one session in each county as follows:
  • Souris Legion: Thursday Sept 22, 6:30-8:30p.m.
  • Bloomfield Legion: Thursday Sept 29, 6:30-8:30p.m.
  • HMCS Queen Charlotte, Ch’Town: Thursday Oct 6, 6:30-8:30p.m.

These sessions are open to any member of the community who is interested in learning more about programs and services that assist our military/veterans/RCMP and their families.
For more information call the PEI MFRC at 902-892-8999 or e-mail bernadine.mullin-splude@forces.gc.ca
PEI Student Studying in Ottawa Wins Major Scholarship

Congratulations to Katrina Hunter who was selected by Wounded Warrior for its first prize scholarship of $5,000. Katrina also received a scholarship from St. Dunstan's Church in Charlottetown ($1,500). The coordinator at Wounded Warriors said that her application letter touching on her father's deployment to the Sudan was heart-warming.

Katrina is currently studying at the University of Ottawa to become a French Immersion teacher.

Her father, Captain Terry Hunter, was deployed for six months on a peacekeeping mission to the Sudan in 2008. Katrina learned about these (and other) scholarship opportunities through our spring virtual session on scholarships. You can listen to a recording of this popular session on our website: http://www.peimfrc.ca/virtual-recordings/

 

Info on Wounded Warriors: http://woundedwarriors.ca/


Congratulations Katrina!
 
Rosetta Stone ... Only 2 Spaces Left!

The PEI MFRC is now able to offer online second language training for military family members and veterans and their families. 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.

 
An update from our Virtual Program Cooridinator

Here’s to new beginnings!

With the beautiful fall foliage and going back to school, I have always loved the fall. In particular, the opportunities that the month of September brings with new starts.

Over the summer, we completed our 12th posting in 27 years as a Canadian Military Family.   This latest posting brings our family to a remote location two hours from any major city with the added touch of a language barrier by living in a community where neither English nor French are the major languages spoken. Deployment and extended Temporary Duty assignments are also part of our new reality in this lovely remote posting.  There is no life like it. ☺  

This isolation is but one of the reasons why I am so passionate about the virtual outreach meeting room which bring quality, interactive, and informative workshops, meetings, and recordings to all of our CAF, VAC, and Reservists families, regardless of posted location. 

Virtual programming leads to continuation of service, which means that we, as CAF families, can continue to be part of our community through the book club, networking meetings, workshops and connection groups regardless of our location. Here’s to new beginnings.  Prost!

~ Margaret Mackenzie, Virtual Program Coordinator for MFRC PEI Virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com
 
SEPTEMBER VIRTUAL SESSIONS:

September 15: Interactive Virtual Ceilidh. MFRC PEI has a call for musicians & poets ages 10 to 96 with military family experience to be part of this first ever virtual celebration to be held on November 24 from the comfort of your personal computer. This interactive virtual Ceilidh will use the arts to share accomplishments, challenges, and our journeys of our reality of postings, deployments, and other military family realities. Please email Margaret MacKenzie by September 15 with your plan to join in on the fun. (virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com)

Sept 20 (730PM AST): Military 101. Guest speaker Denise Kantor from MFRC Edmonton will present in the parent networking session 

Sept 27 (730PM AST): Celiac Disease & Gluten-free Cooking. Join Christine Sullivan with an informative workshop where you will learn facts & myths about celiac disease, shopping gluten free and even a few recipes.  This program is a great opportunity for CAF families with questions on celiac disease to connect and share regardless of our posted location.

Various Dates (noon AST): Demonstration of the virtual Classroom. If you are new to the virtual classroom, September gives various dates for you to choose from to come to a 45 minute demonstration where you will learn first hand just how interactive a virtual classroom can be. 
  • August 30
  • September 8
  • September 14
  • September 20
 To Register for one of these virtual demonstration sessions:                          
  • ·Go to mfrc-pei.webex.com
  •  Click on Upcoming (tab at the top) find date that is most convenient for you
  •  Find the most convenient session Demonstration of Virtual tools filed by date 
  •  Click on Register – input fields as required (First Name, Last Name & email address
  •  An email will be sent to you with joining instructions (please do not register with a DWAN email address)
  •  On the day and time of the session, please follow the directions to log into the session on an internet computer.

Please feel free to check out the many other virtual recordings at our website at www.peimfrc.ca/virtual-recordings
and like our facebook page to learn of all of our upcoming events.. It takes a village…
 
Monthly Volunteer Meeting

Our monthly volunteers' meeting will be held on Thursday September 22 at 6:30pm. Our meeting will be held at HMCS Queen Charlotte.
Monthly Coffee Social

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday September 13 from 10:00–11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at PEIR. Everyone is invited…hope to see you there!
Family Care Plan

A Family Care Plan is a mandatory Department of National Defence form that helps prepare families of Canadian Armed Forces members in case of unforeseen events, emergency callouts, and planned deployment. By identifying primary and secondary caregivers who should be contacted in the event of an emergency or military tasking, your Family Care Plan supports your family in your absence.

All Canadian Armed Forces personnel must complete the Family Care Plan Form DAOD 5044-1A. It isn’t a legally binding document, but it is kept on the Canadian Armed Forces member’s file. Family Care Plans are protected under the Privacy Act.

Essentially, the Family Care Plan is a regularly updated exchange of information between your family and a Commanding Officer. A completed Family Care Plan is designed to support individual and unit operational readiness.

For more information about the Family Care Plan, visit familyforce.ca or contact the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.
Scholarships for Military Families

We launched a new series on our blog, focusing on scholarships for military families. Each month, we'll update upcoming deadlines for various scholarships for post-secondary opportunities of PEI military families.

Did you know that there are more than 80,000 scholarships worth over 175 billion dollars available to anyone ages 16 to 96? And that more than $5 million in scholarships never get claimed simply because no one applies?

Stake your claim—Apply!

Here's a link to our latest blog, which lists two upcoming deadlines for scholarships:
http://www.peimfrc.ca/2016/08/scholarships-for-post-secondary-students-august-2016/
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/
Thank you for Supporting Family Night at the Drive in!

We thank all our military families for supporting our recent family nights at the Brackley Drive-In! We've been hearing from families that they had a great time—we love seeing our military families smile!
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.

Accessing mental health help is not easy. Strongest Families Institute (SFI) exists to change that. Their innovative, proven distance education services offer families flexibility to receive timely care. They remove barriers that others can’t. They are open when others are not.

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/
Employment Assistance

The PEI MFRC has entered a partnership with Career Development Services (CDS). Career Development Services offers services in 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. http://cdspei.ca/

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Military Family Services, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Service, have posted some updated employment resources and information on the main employment page on FamilyForce.ca. Please take a look here for:
  • Online Job Search Sites
  • Free resume templates
  • Provincial Accreditation Must-Knows
  • Relevant Employment Policies
  • Online Education & Training
English: https://www.familyforce.ca/sites/AllLocations/EN/Employment%20Assistance/Pages/Resources.aspx

French: https://www.familyforce.ca/sites/AllLocations/FR/Employment%20Assistance/Pages/Resources.aspx

 
September = Stresstember?

September is just around the corner, and, with that comes new school schedules, new extra-curricular activities, new friends, new goals, new routines ... all kinds of new!

For many families, September brings excitement, yes, but also anxiety. It's important to recognize that so much change (even change you've done before!) all at once can affect you.

For children, back-to-school season can be a source of stress. This article lists useful ways of easing children back into the routine (many of these tips will work for adults, too!), and allowing them to communicate their anxieties. We recommend you start implementing some of these tips now to avoid what the author of this article calls "Stresstember."

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/alyson-jones/back-to-school-anxiety_b_8012498.html
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

 
Children's Education Management

Children's Education Management, managed by Military Family Services under Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, has been managing the educational needs of children of Canadian Armed Forces families since 1947. The introduction of guidance counselling services though is a new initiative to further support the education of children as they move from province to province, or out of country. Guidance Counsellors are now on hand to help children transition from one school year to the next, or from one posting to the next. This new counselling service offers families information, insight and advice on educational options available to children. Guidance Counsellors can assist with the interpretation of one curriculum versus another and explain credit requirements, deficiencies and equivalents. The Guidance Counsellor can also recommend distance learning courses as a solution in meeting academic requirements.

Children's Education Management programs and services are designed to mitigate potential negative impacts on schooling due to geographical moves. If preparing for a posting out-of-province or out-of-country, assistance in understanding which credits are required and which are transferable is now available and accessible to all military families. The Children's Education Management Guidance Counsellors can be reached by phone or email. All contact information is posted in Contact Us http://www.familyforce.ca/sites/AllLocations/EN/Education%20and%20Training/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

For more information on education allowances (tutoring, board and lodging, tuition, etc.) available for military families posted out-of-province or out-of-country, visit Children’s Education Management.
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!
 
Infant & Toddler Sign Language YouTube Presentation

Join Christine Helgason, from MFRC Shilo as she shares with us her talent of how to improve communication with our infants and toddlers through sign. This presentation will explain why to use sign with your child, and it will teach you some basic vocabulary and provide you with additional resources. This session was designed and delivered by Christine Helgason. https://youtu.be/GXaOcdKVo3w


 
Fall Planning

Do you have an idea for a program that you would like to see offered at the PEI MFRC? We would love to hear from you! Do you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share with others? We’d love to hear from you as well! Simply send us an email at donna.earl@forces.gc.ca.

 
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



 
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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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