Representing the Community with Strategic Leadership
Message from the Chair:
Welcome to September!
September is a month of transition and fresh starts, something which Military Families are well acquainted with! With the start of the school year, our families see their adults and children starting on new adventures, often in new communities, in new homes, at new jobs or schools, trying to make new friends, new supports, and acclimatize into new situations. It can be a time of excitement and adventure, but also nervousness, stress, and difficulty. We wish everyone the best of luck with the "new", in whatever form it takes. Remember that the Toronto MFRC has supports available!
Excitingly, September also sees the first official Military Appreciation Day, passed unanimously in the House of Commons on 19 June 2019! This day will be celebrated each third Friday in September and, this year, the first designated celebration will be acknowledged on Friday, 20 September.
The intent of this day is to honour and show appreciation to the myriad sacrifices made by military families. Established through the Together We Stand Foundation, the day was made possible through efforts with MP Gen. (Ret'd) Andrew Leslie, the Hon. Ed Fast, Murray Rankin, and Phil McColeman.
"The families of our Canadian Armed Forces members are tremendously important, but often forgotten glue that keeps everything together back home when our brave men and women in uniform are doing their jobs to keep Canadians safe here and around the world. Their fellow Canadians are often unwaware of the enormous sacrifices and long separations from love ones that these families endure."
~ Rick Ekstein, President, Together We Stand Foundation
The Toronto MFRC is looking forward to acknowledging this inaugural day and celebrating our families - our reason for existing!
We invite you to join us at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 18 September, at 6:00 pm, at the Centre. The AGM is a chance for us to share the successes and initiatives of the Centre, lead by the Board and the ED, and to inform you of what the Centre is up to. This year, we are very pleased to welcome Kelly Scanlan, a former CAF member, who is a mental health advocate and spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk initiative, and who has been involved in the Invictus Games. Kelly will be speaking about her experiences, and it is sure to be an informative, enjoyable presentation. We hope you will join us!
The Centre continues to push forward with improvements and adjustments to better serve our members, veterans, and their families. Happy September!
Chair of the Board of Directors
What We Do
The Toronto MFRC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with a mandate of majority military family member representation, which reports through a governance and oversight structure to the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Branch (CFMWS) through Military Family Services (MFS).
Board members are elected by the Community. We assess local needs, in order to avoid duplication of community services and resources, while determining priorities, providing leadership, and ensuring the mandated delivery of the national Military Family Services Program. The Board of Directors provides governance and oversight through the lens of proper support for our families, helping the Executive Director in setting strategic direction and guiding implementation of activities and programming.
Please note that the Board is presently at capacity with all Executive and Director spaces filled.
However, we still welcome new members who may wish to fulfil non-Director Associate roles by sitting on committees. Are you a passionate advocate for military and veteran families? Do you want to help the TMFRC improve our offerings and meet our goals? Consider joining one of these Committees.
We meet the third Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 pm, at the Centre.
Unable to attend in person? We can accommodate you via phone/web!
Interested members may email the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Marsali Federico
Vice Chair: Jasmine Krlin-Quesnelle
Treasurer: Ann Ward
Secretary: Emily Callaghan
Executive Director, Toronto MFRC
Commanding Officer's Representative, representing the CO, 4 CDSG Personnel Support Services
Captain Kevin Brady, 4th Canadian Division Support Group Garrison Toronto
Other Local Unit Representatives
Major Robert Ryan, 4th Canadian Divison Headquarters
Lieutenant Cameron Rose, 32 Canadian Brigade Group
Master Corporal Patricia Coulas, Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment
Vacant, Canadian Forces College