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  • Intro by Sandra (?)
  • The MFRC is the only local non-profit organization providing programs and services for you and your family.
  • You at any stage of your career.
  • Families at any stage of their life.
  • And you get these programs and services at every base.
  • Relocation assistance
  • How many people have moved here within the last year? Did you know that we had a welcome BBQ last month? Would you like to meet other military families? Military families in Sooke
  • A great way to get involved in a new community Meet new people Give back to your community Many opportunities
  • A bad cup of coffee A grand slam breakfast at 3am 24-hour Information Line
  • We have the POWER to choose our beliefs, feelings, behaviours and attitudes. Choosing to focus on what is going right, working well and positive is helpful. What you focus on grows!
  • Emergency Child Care One-on-one counselling
  • Emergency Child Care One-on-one counselling
  • In healthy marriages partners choose the following positive goals: to cooperate, to contribute, to encourage, and to accept responsibility for individual behaviour. Couple Time – or Planned Dates These can be as simple as meeting for a tea or coffee – even if its at home - to a planned activity in the coming week(s) that you agree on and work toward. Can you name one thing that you really want to do soon? One that you have not done together? The Ideas Jar Take time to sit down as a couple and come up with multiple ideas of what you would like to do or share together – that both of you can live with! Write them all out on small pieces of paper and fold them up This jar is there whether you have a short or longer period of time together
  • Goal setting: My needs – Your Needs – Our Needs Individual and Couple – if you want to succeed there needs to be a plan in place that you are both aware of and in agreement too. Make time to create this plan. Examples – you set time aside – even just 5 minutes each for face to face sharing daily. Support one another in getting some “Self-Care” time Examples: In healthy marriages partners choose the following positive goals: to cooperate, to contribute, to encourage, and to accept responsibility for individual behaviour. Couple Time – or Planned Dates These can be as simple as meeting for a tea or coffee – even if its at home - to a planned activity in the coming week(s) that you agree on and work toward. Can you name one thing that you really want to do soon? One that you have not done together?
  • You are heading into a busy time at work. You may also have a busy home life. Think about how you will balance the demands of your work schedule with resources that we have talked about. Scheduling some time for yourself, asking friends for support, using resources that are available in the community. We see military families as capable and resilience. Stress is an everyday occurrence, and with support it can be manageable. You can change your way of thinking—your perspective—on a situation. Is everything always going wrong, or did you just have a glitch that you can take care of? Try to use realistic optimism instead of catastrophic or pessimistic thinking. One way to build resilience is to take small steps towards dealing with a situation. This can build a feeling of being capable and in control. An important part of coping is to manage your feelings—this is called “self regulation”—for example, anger management. You can express how you feel about a difficult situation, but regulate how it comes out.
  • It is normal and natural to have challenges and differences in relationship – especially when you are under extra pressure. There are resources to assist: Talk with a Counsellor or Social Worker – MFRC, Base Clinic, MAP and Community Resources – Make a Call
  • Requirements – when working with as a registered professional When does this not hold true – harm to self- others
  • Daycare Preschool Out of school care
  • Program of the psychology foundation of Canada. Help children as young as preschool age to recognize and manage their own stress. Children can learn what the signs are of stress and some tools to use, such as relaxing in a soft quiet place, going outside to kick a soccer ball, or having some unexpected fun, like a picnic in the house on a rainy day. Every day stressors for children can be arguing with brothers and sisters, waiting for a turn, sharing, or for school age children, tests, or bullies. Major events that are stressful
  • Sunday sessions Workshops
  • Talk about work ups
  • 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.
  • Sunday sessions Workshops
  • 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
  • Sunday sessions Workshops
  • Sunday sessions Workshops
  • All staff and volunteers adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines
  • Did you know we had a Medieval Club?
  • MFRC - Family Brief - HMCS PROTECTEUR

    1. 1. HMCS PROTECTEUR Family Brief
    2. 2. Your Community, Your Resource Centre“offering programs and services unique to the military lifestyle. ”
    3. 3. Who is in themilitary family?YouYour parentsYour girlfriend/boyfriendYour spouse/partner
    4. 4. Who uses the MFRC?
    5. 5. Military members (married & single)ReservistsRetired military members
    6. 6. Families of CF members (including parents)Spouses/Partners (separated, divorced, widowed, common law)Families of retired military members
    7. 7. What does a MFRC do?
    8. 8. Every base has a MFRC
    9. 9. 4Main Program Areas
    10. 10. Help joining a new community MaryLou ClimenhagaCommunity Integration and Information and Referral Coordinator
    11. 11. Military Family ID Card• Access Base Clubs/Services• Member must be present to sign card• Takes 15 mins• Receive Military Discounts from Businesses
    12. 12. Resource Library Resources include: • Other Bases • Deployment • Parenting • French items • Lifestyle Topics
    13. 13. Welcome Activities Info on: • Communities • Housing • Car Insurance • Medical/Dental • Schools • Military 101
    14. 14. Connect through volunteering• In last year, 146 volunteers contributed 5,716 hours• More than 75% of MFRC volunteers are military family members
    15. 15. Free SecondLanguage Classes English & French
    16. 16. Events for the community Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance March 2, 2013 Pacific Women’s Day March 9, 2013 Formation Fun Day July 6, 2013 West Coast Welcome September 2014
    17. 17. You can reach a live person at the MFRC 24 Hours a Day
    18. 18. #1 is all about•Learning the area•Connecting to yourcommunity•Making friends
    19. 19. Life HappensMarianne Ostopovich, BSW, RSW, MEdPrevention, Support & Intervention Coordinator
    20. 20. If the need arises• Short-term counselling• Social workers• Family Navigator• Self-help groups• Referral to other resources
    21. 21. Emergencies • Help getting your plan in place (Emergency Child Care Plan, Family Care Plan) • Child Care • Housing
    22. 22. Making Time for Yourself•Self – Care as Priority•One thing you really want to doalone….•Exercise, Hobbies, You Time
    23. 23. Making Time for Relationships•Create time for Intimacy •Verbally – A daily sharing time •Emotionally – sharing thoughts, feelings and beliefs •Socially – even in small ways – events, friends, family •Physically – touch is very important•Couple Time or Planned Dates •Name one thing you want to do? One that you have not done together?
    24. 24. Setting Goals Together•What are they?•Create a list- Discussion•Set a time frame – Check-In•Celebrate
    25. 25. Stress and ResilienceStress occurs when there is a gapbetween demands and resources.Resilience is stress with support.Use coping skills to build resilience: •Think: Change your way of thinking about the stressor. •Act: Take steps to deal with the stressor. •Feel: Manage the expression of your feelings about the stressor.
    26. 26. Counselling ResourcesMFRC 1-800-353-3329 1- 250-363-2640Base Clinic 1-250-363-4411MAP 1-800-268-7708
    27. 27. #2 is all aboutPrivate and confidentialprofessional help from thosethat understand the lifestylechallenges
    28. 28. Educating & caring for the kids Linda Scott, PhDProgram Manager
    29. 29. Help with the kids 2 Daycares2 Daycares 2 Preschools2 PreschoolsCasual Child CareOut of school care
    30. 30. Raising Your Military Child • Online learning tool • Tips and suggestions for parenting in the military lifestyle
    31. 31. Parenting Groups•1, 2, 3 Music & Me•Playing Together•Comfort, Play & Teach
    32. 32. Parenting Workshops•Triple P: Positive ParentingProgram and workshops•Bounce Back and ThriveParenting Program
    33. 33. Activities for ChildrenConsider the whole family whenplanning activities for children: •Work and home commitments •Scheduling, transportation •Balancing active and quiet times
    34. 34. Kids Have Stress Too!Stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress makes ithard for children to concentrate, to learn and to get along withothers: •Everyday stressors •Major events •Long term stressorsParents can help children learn how to recognize their ownstress, gain a sense of control, and build capacity to beresilient.
    35. 35. #3 is all about•Help children understanddeployment and connect withother children from militaryfamilies.•Give both parents some tips,suggestions and help
    36. 36. The D Word … Deployment Sandra PinardDeployment Coordinator
    37. 37. Pre-deployment preparationSupport services during a deploymentAssistance and support after you’re home
    38. 38. What is a Deployment??We define ‘deployment’ as ANY workrelated separation
    39. 39. Key to Successful DeploymentsResearch shows that families that are wellprepared, know where to turn in case ofemergencies and have strong support systemsdeal most successfully with deployments.
    40. 40. Sandra’s Top 3 Tips1. Plan well - Ensure your family knows how to contact us2. Learn about the available resources3. Get connected
    41. 41. 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.
    42. 42. Staying in Touch Calls • We will call your parents, siblings, spouse, grandparents • Keep them updated • Answer their questions
    43. 43. Get Connected• Join the PROTECTEUR Family Network• Your Network volunteers: Michelle and Elizabeth• 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”
    44. 44. Upcoming Activities• Drop In Coffee Sessions (every Wed & switch between Esq and Colwood)• Deployment Dinners – once a month in Esq Join the PROTECTEUR Family Network to receive emails and updates on activities and information from the ship.
    45. 45. Deployment & ChildrenComplete the “Pre-Deployment activities withyour children.Two options for offering your child supportthroughout the Deployment - Onsite Children’s Workshops - At Home Children’s Workbooks with virtualsupport for the “at home” parent via the web.
    46. 46. Free Respite Child Care• If gone for more than 28 days• Can use one 3-hour session per week• Maximum of 4 sessions per month
    47. 47. Top Four Service requests by loved ones of Deployed Members1. Free Mail drop off2. Staying in Touch Calls (anywhere)3. Networking Opportunities4. Respite Childcare
    48. 48. Deployment Videos• Available online at• Tips and suggestions for couples, singles on deployment
    49. 49. Single Members We haven’t forgotten you! Services Provided• SIT calls for parents – where ever they may be• New-comer activities• Postal services and VTC• Pet care and car storage advice during deployment
    50. 50. #4 is all about•Keep that connection with loved ones strongthroughout deployment•Get your families connected with others whoare “in the same boat”•Let you focus on your job
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    52. 52. You and your family can go tothe MFRC for information andsupport
    53. 53. When you deploy, you knowthat the MFRC is there toassist your family
    54. 54. Your privacy &confidentiality is of theutmost importance tothe staff & volunteersat the MFRC
    55. 55. Activity Guide Info for you & your family: • Sports • Fitness • Base clubs • Facilities • Volunteering • Preschool • Aquatic services • Deployment • Programs for youth, adult & kids
    56. 56. Two Main Locations CPAC Signal HillFamily programs Counselling
    57. 57. Location 1: CPACColwood Pacific Activity Centre 2610 Rosebank Road
    58. 58. Location 2: Signal Hill 1505 Esquimalt Road, EsquimaltClose to Dockyard Gate, Fleet Club
    59. 59. Two Additional Locations for Child Care Lampson Daycare, Preschool, Casual Child Care Belmont Park Out of school care for Ecole John Stubbs
    60. 60. Contact Esquimalt MFRC 24-hours a day / seven days a week (250) 363-2640 Or toll-free anywhere in Canada 1-800-353-3329 www.esquimaltmfrc.comThe Esquimalt MFRC is on Facebook and Twitter!!
    61. 61. Questions?Be sure to fill out your Family Network Registration Form!!