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East Coast Art Party Coming to PEI MFRC!

We’re hosting an East Coast Art Party at HMCS Queen Charlotte! You don’t need to be an artist to come have some fun. Participants will be led step-by-step to create a beautiful painting. And what better painting than a poppy for our military families?

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 6:30–9:30
Location: HMCS Queen Charlotte
Cost: $30/person

Deadline to register is 4PM October 19.
Call the MFRC office to register! 902.892.8999 or

Salute! Variety Show celebrating those who serve & the families who support them

A variety show that honours and supports military members, veterans, RCMP, and their families is set to take the stage on November 9, two days before Remembrance Day, at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown.

The show, directed by Catherine O’Brien, will be hosted by comedian Eric Payne, and there will be performances by the PEI Regimental Band, Joey and Julien Kitson, Jenn Cullen, Generation Drum (led by Alan Dowling), Nick Vanouwerkerk, Captain Reverend Doctor Tom Hamiliton, Robb Hartlen, and a special dance number performed by Holland College School of Performing Arts students (choreographed by Raryn Verkerk).

In addition, the trio of Catherine O’Brien, Shannon Scales, and Madison Bernard, will perform an “Andrew Sisters” style set.

“This is a chance for the PEI community to gather and show support for our military community,” says Donna Earl, Executive Director of the PEI Military Family Resource Centre.

Artistic Director Catherine O’Brien adds, “Support is a major theme of this show. Support within the military community, support for the military community, and support from the military community. It’s going to be a powerful show.”

Salute! A Celebration of those who serve and the families who support them will feature musical, dance, comedic, and storytelling performances, reflecting true stories celebrating the military community and recognizing the challenges military families face. 

The show is presented by the PEI Military Family Resource Centre and is sponsored by Veterans Affairs Community Engagement Partnership Funding, Florence Simmons’ Memorial Fund, Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Command, and the Province of PEI.

Salute! takes place November 9 at 7PM. Tickets are $20 and available online via Ticketmaster. (Link available via or from the PEI Military Family Resource Centre Facebook Page.)
First-Ever Canada-wide Virtual Ceilidh!

The first ever of its kind Virtual Celidh takes place November 24 in celebration of Military Family Services Programs 25th anniversary service to families of CAF, Veteran and Reservist families and in partnership with Guitars for Vets Canada.

Come and meet and listen to performances from Guitars for Vets Canada, Honorary Colonel Terry Kelly, The Canadian Military Family Choir, Ryan Carey, Emerald Junction and more. Plus performances from 3 families from the CAF community: Ali Davies, Nicole Blanch, and Joanna & Sean Church.

Each participant will share their journey and the inspiration for the music that they are choosing to share which incorporates the challenges and successes of living in a military community.

There are limited spaces available for viewing, so, if you have a few friends who would be interested in joining in nearby, why not watch together on one screen?

Date: November 24
Time: 7:30–9:30 AST
Where: Online

To register:


Community Networking Luncheon

Come meet representatives from other organizations, share programming ideas, connect with one another, and learn more about many worthwhile Island organizations. This community networking luncheon will take place November 4 (11:30–2:30).

If interested in representing your organization, please RSVP by October 21 (902.892.8999 or

Date: November 4
Time: 11:30–2:30
Location: HMCS Queen Charlotte

Celiac Disease & Cooking Gluten Free [virtual session]

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as if it were poison.
Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Celiac disease?
Join Christine Sullivan as she shares the facts about living with Celiac Disease and gluten free information.  As an added bonus, Christine will share her delicious recipes that even the wheat eaters enjoy. From the comfort of your personal computer.

Date: October 25
Time: 7:30pm–8:30pm
Location: Online

To register:

Scholarship Workshop

How would you like to learn how to write a winning scholarship essay? Brittany Palmer graduated from Simon Fraser University debt free having paid her entire university education with scholarships. Brittany offers a free session every quarter with a limited audience on how to write a winning scholarship essay.  She says that you don’t have to be in financial need to earn a scholarship, nor do you have to save a small country. The scholarship essay is the road to success.  There are limited spots available for this workshop, which is being offered at 530pm AST on October 31 on Skype from the comfort of your personal computer.

This session, combined with your willingness to learn, will greatly enhance your success in receiving scholarships.  Stake your claim—Register today!

Save the Date: Military Family Holiday Party
When: Sunday, December 11
Time: 12:45–3:30 pm
Location: Murchison Centre (17 St. Pius X Ave, Ch'town)

Open to military members & their families, veterans & their families

Pizza! Carnival Games! Bouncy House! Mini-putt! Crafts! Face Painting! Balloons! Cotton Candy!

... and perhaps a special visitor from the North Pole!

Cost: FREE

Register by November 30 (902.892.8999)
An update from our Virtual Program Cooridinator

Remembrance Day

Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve and to raise funds in support of veterans and their families. From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, all Canadians can be a part of the campaign. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, and show your recognition for those who gave their lives for our freedom. Thank a veteran today.

Virtual Programs

MFRC PEI is hosting a number of Interactive virtual programs honoring the journeys of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Reservists and their families.

On November 15 at 730pm AST, Captain Terry Hunter will talk with us about his journey to the south of Sudan. If you have ever mailed a package to a loved one who is deployed, then you will not want to miss the virtual workshop with Capt  Hunter. Terry’s presentation is eye opening for participants from ages 10 to 90 years young. His photographic presentation shares his journey to Sudan. The people, the culture, the land, the schools ... Capt Terry Hunter is an engaging presenter that teaches such an important role that our Canadian Military Soldiers have in peace keeping. To register:

On Thursday November 24 at 730pm AST from the comfort of your personal computer is the first ever of its kind Virtual Celidh in celebration of Military Family Services Programs 25th anniversary service to families of CAF, Veteran and Reservist families and in partnership with Guitars for Vets Canada. Come and meet and listen to performances from Guitars for Vets Canada, Honorary Colonel Terry Kelly, The Canadian Military Family Choir, Ryan Carey, The Emerald Junction and more. Plus performances from 3 families from the CAF community: Ali Davies, Nicole Blanch and Joanna & Sean Church. Each participant will share their journey and the inspiration for the music that they are choosing to share, which incorporates the challenges and successes of living in a military community. Listen to the CBC interview with more details on this National Virtual Celidgh to celebrate our families ( To register:

On Tuesday December 6 at noon AST, recognizing the generosity of the Canadian Armed Forces community continues through December as MFRC PEI partners with Canadian Blood Service to share information on the gift of life. This informative session will take us on a tour of the website to show the application process of how to donate stem cells. There is a significant need for donations especially from males age 20 to 35 and all culturally diverse patients. This presentation will explain the process of selection to delivery of this gift of life. We will also touch on the importance of signing your organ donor card. Canadian Blood Services... It’s in you to give.

I encourage you to invite a friend and attend any one of our interactive virtual programs that are offered across Canada and the around the world, through the various time zones. If you are new to virtual outreach, please email me (PEI MFRC's virtual program coordinator) to request an interactive demonstration.

Margaret MacKenzie

Monthly Volunteer Meeting

Our monthly volunteers' meeting will be held on Thursday, November 24 at 6:30pm. Our meeting will be held at HMCS Queen Charlotte.
  • 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 or call 902.892.8999.

Monthly Coffee Social

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday, November 8 from 10:00–11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at PEI Regiment. Everyone is invited…hope to see you there!
Private Therapeutic Retreat for Veterans Coming to PEI this Fall

The Veterans Transition Program consists of a series of group sessions in which veterans help veterans transition to civilian life with guidance from trained clinicians. The PEI MFRC is happy to announce that the Veterans Transition Network is bringing the program to the Island this fall.

Being held at a private location just 25 minutes from Charlottetown, the program is free of charge to any veteran who could benefit from it.

The ten-day program is broken into three chunks to allow participants to more easily fit it into their schedules: November 18-21, December 2–5, and December 17–18.

Retreat leaders Dr. Torie Carlson and Doug Allen (CD, MSW) will guide participants in group work that involves communications skill development, career exploration, and counseling, as well as exercises to help participants process and move beyond any trauma injuries in a supportive, structured, and safe environment.

The Veterans Transition Program has been shown to reduce trauma symptoms, decrease depression, increase self-esteem, recover personal resiliency, identify life and career goals, and enhance relationship with signifiant others (families, partners, spouses, children), as participants transition their military skills into a successful civilian life.

“The purpose of the Veterans Transition Program is to help soldiers ‘drop the baggage’ of operational stress,” says Donna Earl, the Executive Director for the PEI MFRC, “and I welcome Doug and Torie to PEI later this fall. This program will benefit those PEI military families who have members transitioning to civilian life, as it provides tools and tips on how to successfully make that transition.”

Participants must be able to attend all ten days of the program. There is no cost to attend this program; however, space is limited. Those interested are encouraged to contact VTN as soon as possible, to allow for the intake interview and process.  To register, please contact Doug Allen, Atlantic Operations Coordinator for the Veterans Transition Network (902-691-1091;

Torie Carlson has a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology, is registered in Alberta to practice as a psychologist, and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Doug Allen, a veteran with twenty years of service, has been working with the Veterans Transitions Network since 2013 and is a graduate of the Veterans Transition Program. Since returning from Afghanistan in 2008, he has worked with ill and injured CF members in the areas of resiliency development, advocacy, case management, and clinical treatment.

Explaining Remembrance Day to Children

In the coming weeks, Remembrance Day poppies will be everywhere (as they should be). Assemblies will take place in schools, the Royal Canadian Legion will hold its poster and essay contest, and talk of war and peace will be even more prominent: in conversations, on the front page of newspapers, and on TV commercials. With all of this attention on Remembrance, often comes questions from children.

It is important that we teach our kids to respect this time of year, but war is not an easy topic.

Last year, we published a blog post highlighting some great Remembrance Day themed books that can help children grasp these difficult concepts.

We think it's worth drawing attention to again:

Rosetta Stone: Now Taking Names for the Wait List

The PEI MFRC offers online second language training for military family members and veterans and their families. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and 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
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!
Free Programs Available at Public Libraries Across PEI

The following are just a few of the activities available at public libraries across PEI. For a more complete look for activities in your area, please go to

Card Making: Summerside Rotary Library. Nov. 1 @1:30 pm & Nov. 8 @ 6:30 pm

Adult Seasonal Craft Night: Crapaud Public Library. Nov. 30 @ 6 pm

D.I.Y. Give It a Try: Christmas Creation: Breadalbane Public Library. Nov. 24 @ 6:30 pm

Pinterest Party: Mount Stewart Public Library. Nov. 23 @ 6 pm; Morell Public Library. Nov. 10 @ 5:30 pm

Budgeting for the Holidays 101: Stratford Public Library. Nov. 16 @ 6 pm

Chinese Tea Ceremony with the Tyne Valley Tea Company: Tyne Valley Public Library. Nov. 24 @ 4pm

Flower Arranging for Christmas: O’Leary Public Library. Nov. 24 @ 6:30 pm

Chronic Pain Management: Confederation Centre Public Library. Nov. 16 @ 2 pm

Identity Theft Protection: Confederation Centre Public Library. Nov. 8 @ 7 pm

Art Journaling for Teens: Stratford Public Library. Saturdays @ 1 pm

Budgeting and Saving for Teens: Confederation Centre Public Library. Nov. 19 @ 2 pm

PD Day Fun: Dr. Seuss Day: Souris Public Library. Nov. 18 @ 1 pm

Family Board Games: Hunter River Memorial Library. Nov. 19 @ 11 am

Programming for children falls into 4 categories: babies and toddlers; 3-5 year olds; 6-12 year olds; tweens and teens. So many choices: art classes, lego club, science fun, bedtime stories, marshmallow engineering, astronomy, weaving, book club, drop in and draw…so much to choose from!

Something for all ages, interests, and communities! Be sure to check them out!
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
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

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Donna Earl                                                     Nancy Mollison                            
Executive Director                                          Office Administrator                                          

Bernie Mullin-Splude                                       Lynn Milligan
Program Coordinator                                       Program Coordinator                                                                                                     
Edward MacAulay                                           Margaret MacKenzie
Family Liaison Officer, RSW                           Virtual Program Coordinator           

Sue Pollard
Special Projects Coordinator

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