The WMFRC's definition of deployment:
Deployment refers to the extended absence of the military member whether it be due to training or course, temporary duty (TD), imposed restriction (IR), or operational duty, regardless of location (overseas or otherwise).
The WMFRC provides support and resources to meet families' needs during times of deployment.The WMFRC supports the well-being of family members, including partners, children, and parents prior to, during, and after these separations.
Please note: The WMFRC can only help if we are aware that the military member will be away. Please give us a call, send an e-mail or come stop in at our front office to notify us of your family's upcoming seperation, and we can be sure to have you added on our list of currently deployed families.
The WMFRC offers Deployment Briefings in which the Deployment Coordinator will meet with the family to share and discuss services available. These meetings may be conducted on a one-on-one basis or in larger groups when needed. Families will be provided with an information package of help to the entire family.
Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR)
Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training encompasses the entire package of resilience and mental health training that is embedded throughout Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members’ career, including the deployment cycle.
Peer Support: Activities & Events
In an effort to establish peer support networks, the WMFRC provides opportunities for families of deployed members to connect and support each other. This may include a Meet and Greet, recreational opportunities, and monthly social gatherings. Click here for Deployment Support Activities and Events.
Warm Line Call Service
The Warm Line Call Service is a confidential, informal telephone support network. It services to connect families with community resources and pertinent activities and events. In addition, The Warm Line provides an empathetic ear, recognizing and appreciating the challenges experienced by families of deployed members. Our Warm Line Call Service is run by volunteers. We aim to reach out to all families as often as possible during a work-related seperation.
Emergency Respite Child Care
This service supports the family well-being of deployed CAF members, and relieves some of the stresses related to child care. It is available to CAF families when a period of respite is absolutely essential for the family's continued health and well-being (i.e. critical to the mental health of the child or caregiver).
Free Deployment Child Care
The WMFRC offers Casual Childcare on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Families of CAF members who are seperated for work-related reasons recieve up to 7.5 hours free per month. Pre-registration is required. Please call 780-842-1363 Ext. 1253 to discuss.
The anticipation of the return of a loved one can be both exciting and stressful, perhaps invoking a great deal of anxiety. The WMFRC offers Reunion Briefings that may be conducted on a one-on-one basis or in larger groups as the need presents. The WMFRC Social Worker is present and a representative from the Base Chapel may also be present, to ensure that families receive valuable information and assistance throughout the homecoming.