Deployment Videos

Deployment Videos

We are excited to share a new series we have created called Deployment Tips and Tricks! At the GMFRC, we have many military spouses/partners on our staff and volunteer team who have personally experienced a deployment (or many) and have lots of great ideas to share with you about what worked for them during a deployment. We all find something that works for us, but you never know what little gem you may discover from other’s experiences. Enjoy our first installment of Deployment Tips and Tricks from our Operations Manager, Michelle Thibodeau-Wagner! Watch for more videos on #DeploymentTipsTuesday




Experiencing a deployment can be hard on our children. Depending on their age, they may not quite grasp why their parent is not at home with them. Finding ways to keep the children connected with their deployed parent can be fun and rewarding for the whole family, but it can also come with some challenges. Let’s face it, bedtimes can be challenging at the best of times, let alone when you are doing it solo for weeks or months on end! Our Coordinator of Deployment Services, Lori says “When our children were younger, and my husband first joined the military, before he left for basic training (and then each time after), we would record him reading a favourite story to our children for us to use at bedtime to help keep him part of our bedtime routine. One of our favourite stories that we recorded is called Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut and it is a great story about maintaining connection even while being separated. Our eldest daughter, Abby (who you may recognize as one of GMFRC’s youth volunteers) wanted to read Night Catch to children who are currently or will be experiencing a deployment. I hope you enjoy Deployment Story Time with Abby!”

If you are looking for suggestions of books to have your member record before leaving on a deployment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Deployment Services Coordinator at gmfrcdeployment@gmail.com