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HMCS Algonquin Pre-Deployment Briefing

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Information on the upcoming deployment for military members and their families.

Information on the upcoming deployment for military members and their families.


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  • Hawaii, Valp
  • Definition: it is a BC, legal document, signed by one person (the donor) to allow another person (the attorney) to act on his behalf Valid in BC – if planning to use out of province, cfm with institution first.
  • POA normally for financial arrangements, such as car insurance or buying or selling property. Your attorney must be: Someone you trust. Not someone who has financial problems. Not someone you don’t get along with, like an estranged spouse. There are potential consequences resulting from picking the wrong attorney, among them the wrong attorney could: Drain bank accounts. Liquidate assets. Buy assets with your money. Does not respect your wishes. Bottomline is to make sure that you trust your attorney. IF ANTICIPATE USING FOR PURCHASE OR SALE OF REAL ESTATE – EXECUTE 2 ORIGINALS GENERAL VS LIMITED POA NO REQR FOR INSTITUTIONS TO ACCEPT – COORDINATE IN ADVANCE
  • CF will vs Lawyer prepared Will: a lawyer prepared Will will be recommended when: second or subsequent marriage Children in or outside marriage You want to create trust for small children You have complicated finances You have specifics request for division of assets My recommendation is to get professional advice .
  • Plan and prepare well. – and an important part of that plan is to have make sure your family has our number. If it is the only thing you do…make sure you have the MFRC number. We are there 24/7 – originally designed as the one stop shop for military families. One number people can remember and access as a starting point for any number of reasons – information, support, resources . So for you single members, make sure your parents have it in case they need to get information, and for you married folk, make sure it is on the fridge.
  • Know what resources are there if you need assistance
  • Deployments can be very isolating for those who don’t have strong support networks Lots of ways to get connected
  • Deployments can be very isolating for those who don’t have strong support networks Lots of ways to get connected
  • Deployments can be very isolating for those who don’t have strong support networks Lots of ways to get connected
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    • 1. HMCS Algonquin Pre-Deployment Briefing
      • Pt 1: Commanding Officer
      • Pt 2: Pay & Benefits
      • Pt 3: Medical
      • Pt 4: Legal
      • Pt 5: Postal
      • Pt 6: Military Family Resource Centre
    • 2. Operation PACIFIC AMISTAD Part 1: Briefing from the Commanding Officer What this operation is about and where it will take the HMCS Algonquin
    • 3. OP PACIFIC AMISTAD
      • “ Canada’s government has made it clear that re-engagement in the Americas is a critical international priority for our country...Canada is committed to playing a bigger role in the Americas and to doing so for the long term.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, July 17, 2007
      • “ Canada is committed to playing a bigger role in the Americas – a role that reflects best practices as well as our identity, our tradition of order and community values – and the simple reality that we’re all in this together as members of the western hemisphere.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, July 19, 2007
    • 4. Canada’s Foreign Policy Approach
      • The Americas are a foreign policy priority for Canada
      • Democratic governance : to strengthen democratic institutions, practices and principles that deliver freedom, human rights and the rule of law;
      • Prosperity : to build dynamic and growing economies, and promote responsible investment and open markets that will create new opportunities and jobs;
      • Security : to enhance regional stability and security by addressing the threats of drugs, organized crime, health pandemics and natural disasters.
    • 5. A word of warning…
      • Algonquin is an HR ship at 10 days notice, forward deployed
    • 6. ESQUIMALT, BC PEARL HARBOR, HI MANZANILLO, MX CALLAO (LIMA), PE VALPARAISO, CL PUERTO QUETZAL, GT SAN DIEGO, CA
    • 7. Pearl Harbor, HI RIMPAC 2010
      • Leave Opportunity
    • 8. Manzanillo, Mexico
    • 9. JIATF(S)
      • Joint Interagency Task Force (South)
      • US-led coalition of nations
      • To stop the flow of drugs
    • 10. Callao (Lima), Peru
      • Leave Opportunity
    • 11. Valparaiso, Chile
      • Leave Opportunity
    • 12. Exercise TEAMWORK SOUTH
      • Participants:
      • Chile
      • Canada
      • UK
    • 13. International Fleet Review
      • 18 September
      • Valparaiso, Chile
      • Celebrating Chile’s 200 th Anniversary
      • Hosted by President of Chile
      • Brief port visit after exercise and before IFR
    • 14. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
    • 15. San Diego, California
    • 16. Homecoming
    • 17. RIMPAC/SOUTHPLOY Pay & Benefits Part 2: Briefing on Pay and Benefits Plus information on Leave Travel Allowance
    • 18. Pay & Benefits
      • Standard benefits apply
        • Sea Duty Allowance
        • Foreign Port Incidentals ($4.00 USD/Day)
        • Telephone Benefits (10 min/3 days – Mini M)
        • Leave Travel Allowance
    • 19. Leave Travel Allowance (LTA)
      • Assist in reuniting service member and next-of-kin. Travel costs only. Not TD
      • Must be deployed for more than 60 days
      • For Victoria - calculated based road distance between Victoria BC and St. John’s NFLD
      • Approx. value: $2,100 (Depends on port)
      • Use it or lose it – No cash value
    • 20. LTA Calculation
      • Based on the road distance between Victoria or St.John’s NFLD (whichever is farther) and the member’s NOK location
      • Distance (less 800 km) is multiplied by 30% of the DFAIT kilometric rate applicable to the country where the LTA originates
    • 21. LTA Calculation
      • Example: Mbr returns from Valparaiso, Chile to Victoria
        • Distance: Victoria to St John’s: 7,198 km X 2
        • Less: 800 km (prescribed in regulations)
        • LTA Benefit: 12,796 km X $0.162 = $2,072.95
    • 22. LTA Calculation
      • Example: Mbr returns from Valparaiso, Chile to Toronto
        • Distance: Victoria to Toronto: 4,129 km X 2
        • Less: 800 km (prescribed in regulations)
        • LTA Benefit: 6,658 km X $0.162 = $1,078.60
    • 23. LTA Values (Assumes member returns to Victoria)
    • 24. LTA Variations
      • Traditional LTA
      • Reverse LTA
      • 3 rd Party Location LTA
    • 25. LTA Variations
      • Traditional LTA
        • Member returns to Canada and is reunited with next-of-kin.
      • Reverse LTA
        • Next-of-kin joins member in a foreign port
    • 26. LTA Variations
      • 3 rd Party Location
        • Member pays to fly next-of-kin to a 3 rd location and LTA is applied to fly the member to the same location to be reunited with the next-of-kin.
    • 27. LTA vs HLTA
      • Is not the same as Home Leave Travel Allowance (HLTA)
      • RIMPAC/SOUTHPLOY is not a CEFCOM deployment to a special duty area
      • No cash-value. Post combat reintegration allowance (PCRA) is an HLTA substitute that gives cash in the event that for operational reasons a member cannot take HLTA while deployed on a CEFCOM mission.
    • 28. LTA Summary
      • Assist in reuniting service member and next-of-kin. Travel costs only. Not TD
      • Must be deployed for more than 60 days
      • For Victoria - calculated based road distance between Victoria BC and St. John’s NFLD
      • Approx. value: $2,100 (Depends on port)
      • Use it or lose it – No cash value
    • 29. SOUTH PLOY Medical Brief WO John McDougall CCPA Physician Assistant HMCS ALGONQUIN Part 3: Briefing on Medical The Health Care Plan, Immunizations
    • 30. Public Health Service Care Plan
      • This is designed to help pay for specialist care not covered by the province
      • Questions please call the Administrator of the program at Sun life 1-888-757-7427
    • 31. Dental Care
      • Most dentists will accept your claim paperwork after the work is done
      • They will happily bill you for anything not covered by the plan
      • Please see your hand out for web addresses and for the mailing address for submitting claims
      • Questions? Great West Life 1-800-957-9777
    • 32. Health Care on Ship
      • Two highly trained, experienced health care providers
      • Physician Assistant
      • Medical Technician
      • Medical Officer on Supply Ship
      • Local Facilities
    • 33. Immunizations
      • No special requirements for this deployment
      • All immunizations will be updated
    • 34. International Travel
      • See you family physician before travelling
      • Recommend Hep A/B, Tetanus, Diphtheria as a minimum
      • Avoid Ice Cubes, local water
      • Wash it, peel it, boil it or forget it
      • Hand washing
    • 35. Personal Legal Issues Part 4: Briefing on Legal Issues Power of Attorney, Wills
    • 36. Power of Attorney
      • Allows a person (the donor) to appoint someone 19 years of age or older (BC) to be their representative (the attorney), for the purposes of financial transactions or business arrangements on his or her behalf
    • 37. Power of Attorney
      • The financial or business arrangements could include:
        • Insurance for car or home
        • Bank loans
        • Mortgage payments
        • Buying or selling property, including cars and houses
        • Pay issues
    • 38. Duties of the Donor
      • Give clear instructions, help the attorney understand what the donor wants done
      • Make sure it will be accepted by the institutions where it would be used
      • Complete any other documents that the attorney cannot do (i.e. statutory declarations)
    • 39. Duties of the Attorney
      • Must act in good faith
      • Follow the instructions of the donor
      • Perform transactions with due skill and care
      • Cannot delegate the power of attorney
      • Must respect the title (ownership) of the donor’s property and money
      • Must keep proper accounts
    • 40. The Power is in the Document
      • SAFEGUARD THE ORIGINAL POA
      • DON’T TAKE IT WITH YOU ON DEPLOYMENT
    • 41. Termination of POA
      • Terminating events
      • Enduring POA
      • Revocation by the Attorney
    • 42. WILLS
      • What is a Will?
      • The written statement by which a person instructs how his or her estate should be distributed after death
    • 43. Why You Need a Will
      • From the death of a person dying intestate until administration is granted … the personal estate and effects of the deceased person are vested in the court…. s.3 Estate Administration Act
      • If one dies “Intestate” then province uses formula to distribute estate
    • 44. Wills
      • Basic CF Will is adequate for:
        • First marriage
        • Single members
        • Simple Finances
        • No children
    • 45. Wills
      • Suggest you get a Will from a Lawyer if:
        • Second or subsequent marriage
        • Home owner
        • RRSPs, trust funds, stocks etc.
        • Children
        • Wish to have several persons as beneficiaries
      • Will Kits May or May Not be Valid
    • 46. Need to Re-Do Your Will?
      • You should re-do your Will when:
        • Newly married ( previous will is invalidated by marriage )
        • Children are born
        • Change of circumstances
    • 47. SDB Beneficiary
      • Review SDB Beneficiary form – changes in circumstances (ie marriage) will not automatically change SDB beneficiary
    • 48. Travel Authorization Letter
      • Is proof that you consent to your child traveling with a spouse or another person.
      • May be required to cross US or other borders with children.
      • Can be signed by any commissioned officer.
    • 49. POSTAL BRIEFING FOR PERSONNEL DEPLOYED ON 0PERATIONS AIR LAND OR SEA Part 5: Briefing on Sending Mail How to get a package to a deployed member
    • 50. TWO WAYS TO SEND YOUR MAIL :
      • Canadian Forces (CF) morale mail service
      • Canada Post
    • 51. CF MORALE MAIL DROP OFF POINTS
      • MFRC
      • Signal Hill and Lampson
      • Mon to Fri 08:30 to 16:30 hrs
      • CPAC
      • Mon to Thur 07:30 to 21:00 hrs
      • Fri 07:30 to 18:00 hrs
      • Sat 08:30 to 17:00 hrs
      • FMO Office and Naden Mail Room
      • Mon to Thurs 08:30 to 15:00 hrs
      • Fri 08:30 to 12:00 hrs
      • Note: Wrapping paper, tape and addresses
      • are available at Fleet Mail Office (FMO) and Naden Mail Room only.
    • 52. CF MORALE MAIL SERVICE (CONTINUED) No special services available with this service; i.e. insurance, registered mail, etc… The only way to claim for damaged mail is through AJAG with proof of content, i.e Original receipt of the item.
    • 53. WEIGHT AND SIZE FOR MAIL THROUGH CF MORALE MAIL SERVICE
      • The maximum weight for parcels is 20 Kgs BY ORDER OF OS LOG SERVICES NDHQ OTTAWA
      • Oversize and overweight parcels will not be accepted.
    • 54. Example 40 CM Max: 20Kgs 80 CM 40 CM THERE IS A MAXIMUM SIZE FOR MORALE MAIL PARCEL SEE EXAMPLE OF BOX SIZE AT EACH DROP OFF POINTS.
    • 55. Aye Missew 123 My St Victoria BC V9A 7N2 Tel-765-4567 Smith A.Pte 123 (Mess #) HMCS ALGONQUIN PO BOX 17000 STN FORCES VICTORIA BC V9A 7N2 THE CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS FOR DEPLOYED PERSONNEL. Contents: Chips Newspapers Books Sender’s address Addressee Description of contents
    • 56. MAIL SENT THROUGH CANADA POST
      • Processed at any Postal outlet.
      • Postage is required on all items,
      • letters and parcels. ****Pending Government legislation.
      This option offers special services, insurance, registered mail, etc All items which are time sensitive ie: Xpresspost ,Priority courier etc, are effective only until it arrives at FMO Ops
    • 57. Canada Post will continue providing free delivery of letter mail to deployed troops through 2010. The following addresses are the only ones Canada Post will recognize for free letter mail.
    • 58. HMCS Algonquin Member’s Name PO Box 17000 STN Forces Victoria BC V9A 7N2
    • 59. John Doe 123 My St Victoria BC V9A 7N2 (250)555-6767 Bloggins B.PO1 123 (Mess #) HMCS ALGONQUIN PO Box 17000 STN FORCES VICTORIA BC V9A 7N2 MAIL GOING THROUGH CANADA POST Return address Addressee Canada Post Custom Declaration is MANDATORY ! MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE POSTAL EMPLOYEE.
    • 60. CANADA POST CUSTOMS DECLARATION Sender: Same as on parcel Destination: Same as on parcel Description of contents $20.00 *NCV Sign here x *NCV = No Commercial Value
    • 61. PROHIBITED ITEMS
      • Cigarettes and tobacco products;
      • Compressed gases (aerosols);
      • Corrosive liquids/solids (bleach, acids, ammonia);
      • Batteries; pornographic material;
      • Explosives;
      • Alcoholic beverages;
      • Drugs and narcotics (including prescription drugs);
      • Supplementary restrictions according
      • to host country.
      • NOTE: Batteries are permitted if in original sealed packaging.
    • 62. Note: This is not a complete list. If in doubt Contact FMO. ALL PARCELS WILL BE SCREENED
    • 63. CF MAIL ROUTINGS
      • Mail will be sent via CMTT.
      Timings are unpredictable
    • 64. YOU CAN CONTACT FMO AND MFRC FMO (250) 363-2176 MFRC (250) 363-2640
    • 65. IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT REMEMBER TO PUT A LIST OF CONTENTS ON YOUR PARCEL AND DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN AT THE BOTTOM OF CUSTOMS FORM.
    • 66. Sandra Pinard Deployment Coordinator Part 6: Briefing on the MFRC Activities and services for family members
    • 67. Your Community, Your Resource Centre
      • “ offering programs and services unique to the military lifestyle. ”
    • 68. Key to Successful Deployments
      • Research shows that families that are well prepared, know where to turn in case of emergencies and have strong support systems deal most successfully with deployments.
    • 69. The MFRC’s Top 3 Tips
      • Plan well - Ensure your family knows how to contact us
      • Learn about the available resources
      • Get connected
    • 70. Plan and Prepare
      • Financial, Legal and Household
      • Use the checklists provided
      • Pick up a MFRC Magnet
      • Single members – give the MFRC contact info to your loved ones.
    • 71. Know what resources are available
      • Check out the HMCS ALGONQUIN Deployment Handbook
      • Check out the MFRC website :
      • www.esquimaltmfrc.com
            • www.esquimaltmfrc.com
    • 72. Get Connected
      • Join the ALGONQUIN Firma Family Network
      • Your Network Volunteers: Roxanne & Angela
      • [email_address]
      • Attend the weekly Drop In Coffee Sessions
      • Find out about fun activities – connect with others like yourself.
      “ Helping another is always the best way to help yourself”
    • 73. Upcoming Activities
      • Hawaii Information Night (TBD)
      • ALGONQUIN Meet and Greet: June 23
      • Father’s Day BBQ: June 19 (Goldstream)
      • Drop In Coffee Sessions (every Wednesday)
      • Canada Day Celebration: July 1
      • Back to School Shopping: August 18
      • ½ Way Party: August 20
      • Welcome Home Banner Making October 13
      Join the ALGONQUIN Family Network to receive emails and updates on activities and information from the ship.
    • 74. Sunday Sessions
      • Dates : June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26
      • 12noon – 1:00pm : Potluck
      • 1pm – 2pm : Family Network Meeting
      • 2pm – 3pm : CO’s Presentation
      • 3pm – 4pm : Adult Workshop (different topics each month)
      Video Teleconferencing (VTC) throughout the day. Free Childcare begins at 12:30pm, please register in advance.
    • 75. Get your Military Family Identification Card (MFID)
      • Military Member must be present to sign the card (all MFRC locations can process cards)
      • Cards for Married or Common Law Partners
      • Children 13 and older
      • Contains Member’s SN, gives you access to the Dockyard and Base Services and the MIL Discount Program
    • 76. Top Four service requests by loved ones of Deployed Members
      • Free Mail drop off
      • Staying in Touch Calls (anywhere)
      • Networking Opportunities
      • Respite Child Care
    • 77. Single Members
      • We haven’t forgotten you!
      • Services Provided
      • Staying in Touch calls for parents – where ever they may be
      • Newcomer activities
      • Postal services and VTC
      • Pet care and car storage advice during deployment
    • 78. Contact
      • Esquimalt MFRC
      • 24-hours a day / seven days a week
      • (250) 363-2640
      • Or toll-free anywhere in Canada
      • 1-800-353-3329
      • [email_address]
      • www.esquimaltmfrc.com
      The Esquimalt MFRC is also on Facebook and Twitter!!
    • 79. 3 MFRC Locations CPAC Signal Hill Lampson
    • 80. Location 1: CPAC
      • Colwood Pacific Activity Centre
      • 2610 Rosebank Road
      • Close to Belmont Park, open evenings/Saturdays
    • 81. Location 2: Lampson 670 Lampson Street Shared with Base Language Training
    • 82. Location 3: Signal Hill
      • 1505 Esquimalt Road
      • Close to Dockyard Gate, Fleet Club
    • 83. www.esquimaltmfrc.com