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
You can reach a live person at the MFRC 24 Hours a Day
#1 is all about•Learning the area•Connecting to yourcommunity•Making friends
Life HappensMarianne Ostopovich, BSW, RSW, MEdPrevention, Support & Intervention Coordinator
If the need arises• Short-term counselling• Social workers• Family Navigator• Self-help groups• Referral to other resources
Emergencies • Help getting your plan in place (Emergency Child Care Plan, Family Care Plan) • Child Care • Housing
Making Time for Yourself•Self – Care as Priority•One thing you really want to doalone….•Exercise, Hobbies, You Time
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?
Setting Goals Together•What are they?•Create a list- Discussion•Set a time frame – Check-In•Celebrate
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.
#2 is all aboutPrivate and confidentialprofessional help from thosethat understand the lifestylechallenges
Educating & caring for the kids Linda Scott, PhDProgram Manager
Help with the kids 2 Daycares2 Daycares 2 Preschools2 PreschoolsCasual Child CareOut of school care
Raising Your Military Child • Online learning tool • Tips and suggestions for parenting in the military lifestyle
Parenting Groups•1, 2, 3 Music & Me•Playing Together•Comfort, Play & Teach
Parenting Workshops•Triple P: Positive ParentingProgram and workshops•Bounce Back and ThriveParenting Program
Activities for ChildrenConsider the whole family whenplanning activities for children: •Work and home commitments •Scheduling, transportation •Balancing active and quiet times
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.
#3 is all about•Help children understanddeployment and connect withother children from militaryfamilies.•Give both parents some tips,suggestions and help
The D Word … Deployment Sandra PinardDeployment Coordinator
Pre-deployment preparationSupport services during a deploymentAssistance and support after you’re home
What is a Deployment??We define ‘deployment’ as ANY workrelated separation
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.
Sandra’s Top 3 Tips1. Plan well - Ensure your family knows how to contact us2. Learn about the available resources3. Get connected
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.
Staying in Touch Calls • We will call your parents, siblings, spouse, grandparents • Keep them updated • Answer their questions
Get Connected• Join the PROTECTEUR Family Network• Your Network volunteers: Michelle and Elizabeth email@example.com• 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”
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.
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.
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
Top Four Service requests by loved ones of Deployed Members1. Free Mail drop off2. Staying in Touch Calls (anywhere)3. Networking Opportunities4. Respite Childcare
Deployment Videos• Available online at EsquimaltMFRC.com• Tips and suggestions for couples, singles on deployment
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
#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
You and your family can go tothe MFRC for information andsupport
When you deploy, you knowthat the MFRC is there toassist your family
Your privacy &confidentiality is of theutmost importance tothe staff & volunteersat the MFRC
Activity Guide Info for you & your family: • Sports • Fitness • Base clubs • Facilities • Volunteering • Preschool • Aquatic services • Deployment • Programs for youth, adult & kids
Two Main Locations CPAC Signal HillFamily programs Counselling
Location 1: CPACColwood Pacific Activity Centre 2610 Rosebank Road
Location 2: Signal Hill 1505 Esquimalt Road, EsquimaltClose to Dockyard Gate, Fleet Club
Two Additional Locations for Child Care Lampson Daycare, Preschool, Casual Child Care Belmont Park Out of school care for Ecole John Stubbs
Contact Esquimalt MFRC 24-hours a day / seven days a week (250) 363-2640 Or toll-free anywhere in Canada 1-800-353-3329 firstname.lastname@example.org www.esquimaltmfrc.comThe Esquimalt MFRC is on Facebook and Twitter!!
Questions?Be sure to fill out your Family Network Registration Form!!