The June Newsletter

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EVENT

Neighbourhood BBQ
For a fifth consecutive year, the Military spouses’ group invites you to the annual BBQ on June 22 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 40 La Vérendrye, Saint-Hubert. This year, many several new features will be on the menu: an inflatable water game to refresh young and old as well as free hot dogs and hamburgers for those present. These new features are made possible thanks to James Park’s involvement in this activity.
 
Registration required by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca. During the activity, you must bring your chairs, blankets, and a side dish to share (chips, salads, dips, etc.).
 
Daddy and Me
Last chance to register for the last activity of the 2018–2019 Papa et Moi Programming, which will be held on June 6, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu MFRC.
 
For this last activity, mothers are also invited to participate, even if the father is absent. Under the formula of a picnic, each family must bring meals and blankets.
 
During this activity, it will be possible to have fun with bumper cars, archery, and several other games. Ice cream desserts will also be on the menu!
 
For further informaiton: Alexandre Gagné, Events Coordinator at 450 462-8777 ext. 6804 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 66654 (Saint-Jean) or at alexandre.gagne9@forces.gc.ca.

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TRANSITION TO MILITARY LIFE

The Welcome and Support Team to the Transition to Military Life Program is pleased to invite you to our last upcoming Military Life 101 Workshop from our spring-summer calendar at Montreal Garrison, in English, on June 17, 2019, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Please sign up for this activity by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca by indicating the full name of each participant.
 
NEW: A new Facebook Group destined for families and friends of candidates created by MFRC volunteers is now available to keep you informed and to give you the opportunity to exchange with other people that are experiencing the same things as you! Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/466154543919591/.

For further information: Ariane Tanguay-Doyon, Outreach Officer, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6804 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 7712 (Saint-Jean), or at Ariane.TanguayDoyon@forces.gc.ca

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TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE

Mini-training session on finance online
A presentation will be given on various aspects of financial planning and insurance related to medical release from the Canadian Armed Forces.
 
When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Hour: 1 p.m.
Online: In English
Cost: Free
Deadline registration: June 20, 2019
Registration: by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca

For further information: Myriam Dutour, S.W., Veteran Family Program Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6816 (Saint-Hubert), or  450 358-7099 ext. 2910 (Saint-Jean), or at Myriam.Dutour@forces.gc.ca.

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YOUTH

Activities for ages 5-12 in Saint-Jean
Sunday, June 16, 2019, from 9 am to noon in the main hall in the MFRC Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, we’ll do something for Father’s Day. Surprises await you for this last activity for 5-to-12-year-olds of the season. You have until the previous Friday, June 14, to register your children by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca indicating their full name and a telephone number to contact you.

A night in the Loft
To celebrate the end of the school year and mark the departure of some of our young people as posting season approaches, the Loft’s Activity Leaders are organizing unforgettable activities. A moment rich in emotions, for all!

When: June 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (9-to-11-year-olds) and 7:00 pm to 5:00 pm (12-to-17-year-olds)
Where: 40 La Vérendrye St., Saint-Hubert, J3Y 3Y9
Registration: With Loft Activity Leaders or info.crfm@forces.gc.ca before June 12
 

For further information : Emie Gendron, Youth Coordinator at 450 462-8777 ext. 6824 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 6118 (Saint-Jean), or at emie.gendron@forces.gc.ca

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CHILDHOOD

Back to work
Please note that our Childhood Coordinator, Noémi Trépanier, is back at work.
 
If you have any questions or requests, please contact her at: 450-462-8777, ext. 6830 (Saint-Hubert).
450-358-7099, ext. 7012 (Saint-Jean)
Noemi.trepanier@forces.gc.ca
 
Summer season
In the summer season, the drop-in daycare service continues to be available at our two service points. For example, if your usual daycare is closed because of vacations, contact us about the options available in order to reserve a place for children aged 5 and under (or who are not yet attending kindergarten).

For further information: Noémi Trépanier, Childhood Coordinator at 450 462-8777 ext. 6830 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 7012 (Saint-Jean), or at noemi.trepanier@forces.gc.ca

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EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION

Voilà Learning, in partnership with Military Family Services, is offering free online homework support to military families’ children. They also have the opportunity to practice their French or English and play French games on the platform—riddles, pictograms and much more—all while winning points.
 
The Virtual Immersion Campus is open from Monday to Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm, and is available to military families’ children from grade 1 to grade 12 anywhere in Canada.
 
To get started:

  1. Register to validate if your family is military,
  2. Receive an email with the instructions on how to access the Virtual Immersion Campus,
  3. Create and customize your avatar,
  4. Explore the virtual world,
  5. Ask questions in real time at tutors for homework help and/or ask to get help with practice through a game!

For further information: http://voilalearning.com/en/military-family-services/

For further information : Estelle Auger, Employment and Education Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6827 (Saint-Hubert) or 450 358-7099 ext. 6084 (Saint-Jean), or at estelle.auger@forces.gc.ca

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PREVENTION, SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION 

Summer is (almost) here!
If it’s not hot already, we can remember what the heat feels like. Peeling off layers of clothes, putting the boots in the closet, and getting ready to have fun in the sun. Sometimes summer isn’t as much fun as we would like it to be. Maybe you are having to juggle the pleasures of the warm weather with the stresses of military family life. There may be particular stresses: moves, summer vacation to plan, etc. The MFRC has many resources that you could use. Perhaps it would help to talk confidentially to someone neutral who knows the military life, and who can help you find solutions. It can be a relief just to be heard. You can call the MFRC and ask for the coordinator, Prevention, Support and Intervention.

For further information: Barry Crago, S.W., Prevention, Support and Intervention Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6828 (Saint-Hubert), or  450 358-7099 ext. 7103 (Saint-Jean), or at bartholomew.crago@forces.gc.ca

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SEPARATION AND REUNION

The OP Impact Newsletter
Many families in the Montreal area had a loved one deploy in mid-May for Operation Impact in Iraq. The OP Impact newsletter sent periodically by the Iraq chain of command to the MFRC, is available to families in electronic format.

The newsletter, which usually includes a summary of base activities, weather conditions, special events and many photos, allows families to follow life on the base!
 
How to access the latest newsletter

  1. Visit https://www.connexionfac.ca/Region-Montreal/Accueil.aspx to see the newsletter.
  2. Scroll down the page of our website to find the What’s new? section just above our schedule.

Feel free to take a look at it!

The Separation and Reunion Coordinator is available to accompany you through the challenges of absence and changes related to the military lifestyle. The services are free and confidential.

For further information: Rachelle Guitard, S.W., Separation and Reunion Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6858 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 2520 (Saint-Jean), or at rachelle.guitard@forces.gc.ca

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SPECIAL CARE COUNSELLING

Lending library
In the past few months, we have been working on building a library of specialized materials. It will allow families to have access to various resources such as:

  • Books: The library has more than 100 books on various topics. The themes include anxiety, discipline, managing emotions, technology and information on different problems. They are adapted both to parents and to children.
  • Materials: We have close to 100 articles that can be borrowed by families. Fidgets have been all the rage in recent years. It is now possible to try them for a few weeks to see if you like them. We also have adapted materials for young people with special needs.
  • Games: what better way to learn than by having fun! We have a selection of games that work on different skills, including motor skills, social skills, emotional management, language, and family spirit.

Please be aware that it is not necessary to have a follow-up or diagnosis to access our lending library. You can contact our special care counsellor to get advice and guidance on your borrowing choices.

For further information: Camille Provencher, Special Care Counsellor - Youth sector, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6852 (Saint-Hubert) or 450 358-7099 ext. 2909 (Saint-Jean) or at camille.provencher@forces.gc.ca

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COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

Activities children aged 5 to 12 during volunteer mornings!
Are you or would you like to be a volunteer at the MFRC during the summer and you have children aged 5 to 12?

You can register your children in the youth activity periods this summer while you enjoy volunteering in Saint-Hubert or Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu!
 
Volunteer mornings will be maintained this summer. They will be as follows:

  • Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the MFRC Saint-Hubert. 
  • Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the MFRC Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

If you are not a volunteer, but you are seriously considering it, it’s never too late! Please contact the Community Integration Officer for more information about our volunteering.

For more information on the activities or to register, please contact info.crfm@forces.gc.ca.

For further information: Maude Laflamme, Community Integration Officer, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6835 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 5059 (Saint-Jean), or at maude.laflamme@forces.gc.ca.

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