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Support Agencies Info 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

Seeking Song Submissions for First-Ever Virtual Ceilidh!

Military Family Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary of supporting Canadian Armed Forces families this year, and to mark this milestone, we're hosting a nation-wide virtual ceilidh. The ceilidh will take place in November, but we are accepting song submissions from writers and performers now until September 30.

The virtual ceilidh, which will take place November 24 at 730pm, will celebrate military families and the military lifestyle. The ceilidh will feature 10 live performances from the submissions chosen plus a few invited special guests. One of the confirmed invited guests is Terry Kelly, who will perform his well known song “A Pittance of Time.” Additionally, PEI band Emerald Junction will share the inspiration behind and perform their song “All’s Fair,” which is about the challenges of living with PTSD.

Musicians of all ages are invited to send in their song submissions via email to our Virtual Program Coordinator, Margaret MacKenzie: virtual.mfrc@gmail.com

Applicants are asked to share the story behind their submission and provide a link to the song itself. Those chosen to participate in the ceilidh will then perform their song live on November 24, using a virtual platform set up by PEI MFRC.

For more details: 

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership

20 Canadian students finishing grade 12 will receive up to $70,000 for post-secondary education.  This could be You! Stake your Claim!  Apply!

It’s time to submit your application for the 2016 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership! This program is open to students in their final year of high school who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership and obtained a minimum overall average in their most recently completed full year of school of 75%.

Value: Up to $70,000

  • Up to $10,000 for tuition per year (for up to a maximum of four years)
  • $7,500 a year for living expenses (for up to a maximum of four years)
For more information: http://www.peimfrc.ca/2016/09/scholarships-for-post-secondary-students-september-2016/
Rise & Climb Military Family Night

TWENTY spaces have been reserved for our military vets, members, RCMP, and their families on the BIG ADVENTURE COURSE at the Rise & Climb Adventure Course in Cornwall. Three levels of poles scaling 40 ft above ground and over fifty elements and zip-lines to enjoy.

It takes approx. 2.5 hours to complete (training will be provided before the course begins).

October 4
5:30PM

KIDS COURSE: If Rise & Climb has a minimum of 5 children, they will open the kids course for participants 6-12.

For more information concerning height and weight requirements, see our events calendar: http://www.peimfrc.ca/event/rise-climb/
An update from our Virtual Program Cooridinator

Canada-wide Virtual Ceilidh


On November 24,  MFRC PEI will be hosting the first ever Virtual Ceilidh in celebration of Military Family Services Program 25th anniversary support to Families.  

This is an event that has grown from a small seed into a program that offers many the opportunity to share their journeys, to share their voices through music and the arts.

Enjoy presentations from:
  • Terry Kelly
  • Honorary Colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood
  • Emerald Junction
  • Ryan Carey
  • Guitars for Vets Canada
  • The Canadian Military Wives Choir
  • Ali from BC who wrote a song which captures her journey of deployment, postings, brain injury—a song which will be debuted during the Celidgh
  • Nicole, a CAF spouse from Ottawa who will share her experience of singing at a National War Cemetery during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ortona, Italy
  • Joanna & Sean, a military couple posted to Montreal who will share their journey live from the U.S.

All from the comfort of your own computer!

This event started the day that I heard JP Cormier’s song called Hometown Battlefield, a song that so many of our families could relate to, one that reminds us that we are not alone, we are not an island.   After hearing his music, I thought Wow, if JP, as a Canadian Veteran, has this journey to share through music perhaps others in our community have an experience to share as well. Then from a small seed of an idea, this virtual ceilidh grew to the point that every week I have a new request to join, a new story that needs to be told through music.  

For more details about this virtual Ceilidh, I invite you to listen to this CBC Radio interview that was recorded with Matt Rainie from CBC Island Morning. http://www.peimfrc.ca/2016/09/cbc-island-morning-interview-virtual-ceilidh/

To finalize our roster, we are looking for representation from our own PEI MFRC community: a Veteran, Canadian Armed Forces, or Reservist member (or family member) who wants to share their voice, to share their journey through music, the arts, or poetry.  So if you or someone that you know from the PEI community is willing to share your journey through music and be part of this interactive virtual event that will highlight the challenges and celebrations of being a part of the CAF community, please contact me, Margaret MacKenzie at Virtual.MFRCPEI@gmail.com

“From a Small Seed a Mighty Trunk will grow”
….We are not alone….It takes a village….·

What to Expect during Recruit Training

Are you a parent of a military member?  Do you have a family member who will be attending Recruit Training in the next year? If so, this session is for you. 

When: October 17
Time: 7:30PM
Where: Online

Please come to an interactive virtual workshop that will give you the opportunity to learn week by week what to expect during the Recruit Training Process.  Learn about the process of recruit training, ask questions and get answers in a virtual meeting room from the comfort of your personal computer.  If you have friends new to the journey of being a military family, please let them know about this session.

To register for this interactive and informative workshop please click on our Events Calendar (http://www.peimfrc.ca/event/) or contact Margaret MacKenzie at Virtual.mfrcpei@gmail.com for more details.
Monthly Volunteer Meeting

Our monthly volunteers' meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27 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 Lynn.Milligan@forces.gc.ca or call 902.892.8999.

 
Monthly Coffee Social

Coffee hour will be held on Tuesday, October 11 from 10:00–11:00am. This month’s coffee break will be held at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Everyone is invited…hope to see you there!
 
MFRC Spooktacular

Autumn is upon us, and with that comes pumpkins, corn mazes, haunted houses, and lot of fun for children and grown-ups!

We're working on a SPOOKTACULAR event, so stay tuned to our website (peimfrc.ca) and Facebook Page for updates!
 
East Coast Art Party!

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 October 18. This is a 19+ age event.
Call the MFRC office to register! 902.892.8999 or susan.pollard@forces.gc.ca

 
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).
 
Rosetta Stone: Only 1 Space Left!

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 Lynn.Milligan@forces.gc.ca
 
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/
Tip-to-Tip Tour Thank you!

Note from our Special Projects Coordinator, Sue Pollard:

704 kms … 10 communities ... 1 great summer!
 
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for helping to make this summer a great one! We were able to reach out to 10 communities across the island in hopes of making ourselves more visible, and I am so happy to say … WE DID IT! From long and hot days of driving to Charlie sweating it out, construction, and detours ... we were able to make Islanders more aware of the PEI MFRC.
 
The crowd response we received from the parades was unbelievable – the cheering, high fives, hugs for Charlie, and pictures made it all worth it!
 
To all who attended the parades, thank you for helping to make this summer a memorable one! I look forward to doing it again next summer!
 
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

Career Development Services (CDS)

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/

FamilyForce.ca

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
 
Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Cooking/Eating

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 and require to eat gluten free? Are you interested in learning how to shop and cook with gluten-free products? If so, this virtual session is for you.
 
Join Christine Sullivan as she shares with us the facts about living with Celiac Disease and how to shop and cook delicious gluten free in your own kitchen.

Date: September 27
Time: 7:30 AST
Location: Online
  

 
PEI Proud: Morale Packages

It’s autumn, and Thanksgiving & Halloween are two Canadian celebrations that Islanders don’t want our deployed personnel to miss. So, recently, we sent ten packages filled with maritime fun and best wishes to Islanders on board HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN and HMCS VANCOUVER, as well as those serving in Poland, Kuwait, and Egypt. We want to thank the following organizations for their generous donations to these well-deserved morale packages.
  • Canadian Tire
  • Capital Honda
  • CFCY
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Get Out There magazine
  • Honibe
  • Murphy’s Pharmacies
  • PEI Brewing Co.
  • Royal Canadian Legion
  • Tim Horton’s
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!
 
Salute!: Celebrating those who serve and the families who support them


PEI MFRC is very proud to present a variety show honouring Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, RCMP, and their families.  Salute!: Celebrating hose who serve and the families who support them will take place during Remembrance Week and will feature performances by the PEI Regimental Band, students from the Holland College School of Performing Arts, Eric Payne, Generation Drum, Catherine O'Brien ... and more!

Through storytelling, dance, music, and comedy, the performance will highlight the various forms of support over the years ... from World War I to our most recent global concerns.

Please join us for this family friendly evening of entertainment and information.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Location: Florence Simmons Performance Hall
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $20 each and will go on sale September 26. Available through www.hollandcollege.com/florence-simmons-performance-hall or 902-984-6885
 
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.

 
Flexible Work Stories

Military Family Services is gathering flexible work stories from military families, and they want to hear yours! Send in your flexible work story by the end of September for a chance to win an MFS Game Box! All the stories gathered will be used to raise awareness of flexible employment and gather a bank of best practices.

Submit your flexible work story: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/flexible-work.

For more details and to read the contest rules:  https://www.familyforce.ca/sites/AllLocations/EN/Employment%20Assistance/Pages/TellUsYourFlexibleWorkStory.aspx

Stay tuned for more flexible employment initiatives this fall!
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



 
Confessions from the Home Office: Online Webinar Series

Presented by Military Family Services.

The Ins and Outs of Being a Freelance Worker: In this session, we will provide a brief overview of what it means to be a Freelance Worker in Canada and the ins and outs of the trade. We will also hear first hand from Erin Blaskie, a successful military spouse freelance worker.

October 5, 2016 @ 2PM EST

Register: https://mfs.webex.com (enter event #666 348 243)
We've Already Won the Lottery

By Neil PasrichaSpecial to The Star
September 20, 2016

I was born in Oshawa.

Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that I had a very stressful childhood. Mom was an accountant, Dad taught high school and they gave us luxuries they could only dream of as children — power always on at home, separate bedrooms upstairs and unlimited education.

I can’t remember most of my headache-inducing 10-year-old-boy stresses, but I do remember having them and I remember the thought experiment that helped me feel relief. Whenever I had a bad day and was twisting and turning, I would lie in bed slowly picturing my body floating up and up and up over my bed and my room and my house. Then, I’d picture floating even higher, above the neighbourhood and the city and the clouds into low-orbit outer space. I would gaze down at the distant flickering lights of Toronto. And I’d imagine my problems way down there.

And suddenly, nothing felt as serious.

These days, when I’m having a bad day I do a similar thought experiment. It’s based around three key words: Remember the lottery.

When you're having a tough day, reflect on the idea that you're already pretty lucky, author Neil Pasricha writes.  (Dreamstime) 

And I try and remember that we’ve already won.

Think of it this way.

There are 115 billion people who have ever lived in the history of the world. They’re called our grandparents and their grandparents and their grandparents. And there are about seven billion people alive today. That’s a one-in-15 lottery you’ve already won. Most people are dead. Put another way, 14 out of every 15 people will never see another sunset again, have a bowl of chocolate ice cream, or kiss their kids good night. Ever again. Fourteen out of every 15 people will never stroll by the smell of their neighbour barbecuing, flip to the cold side of the pillow before sleeping in on a Sunday, or blow out the flickering candles of a birthday cake in a dark kitchen surrounded by their closest friends.

Being alive means you’ve already won the lottery.

And if you’re reading this article in The Star, then chances are you live in Canada. What’s 35 million out of seven billion? That’s another 1-in-200 lottery you already won.

Why does Canada rank among the happiest countries in the world every year — together with our Scandinavian brothers and sisters? If you read the fine print on the United Nations World Happiness Report it’s because we trust the water coming out of our taps, we feel safe when we walk out our front doors, we can marry who we like and live where we please.

We’ve already won the lottery.

And there are even more lotteries you have already won. You are among the wealthiest people in the entire world. The average world income is $5,000. Are you higher than that? Then you’re in the top 50 per cent. And if you’re higher than $50,000 you’re in the top 0.5 per cent. Do you need much more than 99.5 per cent of people alive? It keeps going and going. If you have any post-secondary education, you’re one of only 7 per cent of the world.

You either have the money to buy this paper or you have the time to read it. Either way, you have it good!

You already have more than almost everybody on the planet.

On your very worst days, you have to push your negative thoughts away. You have to take a step back. You have to remember the lottery.

And remember you’ve already won.

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Learn more at globalhappiness.org.
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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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