The November's Newsletter

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VOLUNTEERING

Food Drive 2019
 
To help military families in need, the Chaplaincy Services, in co-operation with the MFRC, is organizing a non-perishable food drive again this year. The goods collected will be used to make Christmas baskets that will be distributed to families in the region’s military community.
 
Donation boxes will be available until December 2nd at the MFRC’s various service points in Saint-Hubert, the Loft, the Saint-Jean Garrison and the Montreal Garrison to collect your non-perishable food items.
 
In addition, MFRC volunteers will work with the Youth Services team of volunteers to visit the Saint-Hubert married quarters on Sunday, December 1 to collect your donations. Would you like to give us a hand on Sunday? Feel free to contact us.
 
For further information:
Marie Belle Meunier
, Volunteer Services Officer at 450 462-8777 ext. 6803 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 2915 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), or at marie-belle.meunier@forces.gc.ca.

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Community Integration

The Groups of Military Spouses : a way to integrate the community.
 
Have you just arrived in our region? Do you want to meet people who, like you, have adopted the military way of life?
 
The group of military spouses from the Montreal area allows spouses to make contact with other people living the same reality. Whether you live in Saint-Hubert, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Iberville or even Saint-Lambert, our mission is to create a welcoming and friendly environment, thus encouraging the creation of friendships, bringing together friends for your children and to discuss multiple topics.
Various outings, such as coffee-dating, knitting, restaurant outings or just girls outings are organized so that everyone can have fun!
 
For more information, you can join the Facebook group using the following address: www.facebook.com/groups/montrealregionmilitaryspouses
www.facebook.com/groups/sjsrmilitaryspouses
 
The Neighborhood table in Saint-Hubert

Do you want to work for the betterment of the Residential Housing Unit (PMQ) community? You are welcome to weekly meetings of the neighborhood table of life. We are about 20 residents and we need the largest number of participants to make major changes in our community, one project at a time. You have an idea of what we could do to improve the life in the Residiential Housing Unit, come and talk about it! Contact me by email mgoupil.tcf@gmail.com
 
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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fAMILY lIAISON oFFICER AND vETERAN fAMILY pROGRAM

Informative Lecture on Depression
 
The CRFM will be pleased to welcome Marina Katerelos, a psychologist with extensive experience working with members of the military who face mental health challenges. Dr. Katerelos will discuss what depression is, how it can manifest itself, medications, treatments, and some practical tips on recovery.
 
This lecture will be offered in english and be held on November 13 at 6:30 pm at the Saint-Hubert service point located at 4815, Chemin de la Savane, in Saint-Hubert. This training is part of the Veterans Families Program in collaboration with the Family Liaison Officer.
 
To register, send your name and phone number to info.crfm@forces.gc.ca
 
Age: 14 years old and over
Date: November 13th , 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 4815, chemin de la Savane, Saint-hubert, J3Y 9G1
Language : English
Costs: Free
Registration: By November 6th, 2019 at info.crfm@forces.gc.ca

For further information:
Audrey Gallant
, social worker and Family Liaison Officer, at 450 358-7099 ext. 5190 (Saint-Jean) or at audrey.gallant@forces.gc.ca.
Myriam Dutour, S.W., Veteran Family Program Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6816 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 2910 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), or at Myriam.Dutour@forces.gc.ca.

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separation and reunion

Postcards for deployed members.

Once again this year, to celebrate Remembrance Day, the children of the region participated in a special activity during the August 28th (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and September 28th (Saint-Hubert) pedagogical days. The Separation and Reunion Coordinator was on hand to guide youth in creating and writing greeting cards for deployed members. The numerous cards were then sent to our members, deployed on various missions.

It was also a good opportunity for the children to express themselves in various ways on this important milestone of military life. All were curious and enthusiastic! Remember that the MFRC offers several free tools to help parents who want to talk about absence and moving with their children. Just ask the Separation and Reunion Coordinator!

Gift boxes for military families deployed during the holidays.
 
Will a military member of your family be deployed overseas during the holiday season? To demonstrate its appreciation to military families, the "Together We Stand" Foundation is reiterating its operation of Gift Boxes distributed to families whose members will be absent between December 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020.
 
These boxes include gift cards and coupons from companies such as Adidas, Reebok, Brass & Unity, Fabricland and Yogen Früz, as well as a prepaid Visa card, valued at around $ 300.
This "Standing Together" operation is done in close partnership with the official CAF charity, Support Our Troops. In 2018, 2,550 gift boxes for military families were distributed.
 
Eligibility criteria:
 
Members deployed at any time between 1 December 2019 and 30 January 2020 in operational theatre outside of North America, separated from their family during the holiday season and not on training are eligible to complete the gift form.
Only one gift box is offered per deployed CAF member.
 
Registration method:
 
To verify your eligibility and apply for a package for your family, complete the online form at the address below:
https://form.jotform.com/91745360825259 (click on «next», at the bottom of the blue frame)
 
The CAF member or a member of the family/household can submit the form.
 
Supporting documents: The Canadian Forces Task Plan and Operations (CFTPO) Task Authority will need to be attached by the person completing the form to provide proof of deployment and member verification. A letter of confirmation from the chain of command or from the separation and reunion coordinator may also accepted.
 
Check out the Support Our Troops website or Together We Stand website.
https://www.supportourtroops.ca/ 
https://www.twsfoundation.ca/en/

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-sur-Richelieu), or at rachelle.guitard@forces.gc.ca

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special care

Help your children adapt to the time change

Last weekend, we changed the clock back one hour. We were able to sleep an hour longer. Yippee! However, the summer/winter time changes also have less pleasant consequences, such as the dark winter months and, sometimes, a shake-up on the routine of the whole family.

To minimize the impact on your family's schedule, we advise you to start the transition earlier. For example, to get your child used to going to bed earlier than usual, try to change the time of bedtime from 10 to 15 minutes earlier a week before the time changes. It is likely that he will not fall asleep before his usual bedtime, but his body will get used to relaxing a little earlier and this will bring him to sleep.

Here are some other tips to minimize the impact on the routine:
• Keep the nap schedule
• Encourage early risers to stay in bed
• Protect your child's sleep by encouraging other family members to not make too much noise
• Adopt or maintain a good sleep routine throughout the year
 
Not to be missed:
On Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:30 will be held a parent workshop on work-family balance at the Saint-Hubert MFRC. This workshop will be in English.
 
Whether you are a parent, family member or an educator who would like to learn more about children's education, you are welcome to our conferences.

Dates Location Topic
November 30 2019 at 9:30 am Saint-Hubert Work – Family Balance
January 2020 Saint-Jean Garrison Opposition and Tantrums
February 20 2020 at 6:00 pm Saint-Hubert Screens


For parental support conference registration, you must write to info.crfm@forces.gc.ca.

For further information: 
Josiane Lagüe
, Special Care Counsellor - Parental Support at 450 462-8777 ext. 6834 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 2909 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), or at Josianne.Lague@forces.gc.ca​.
Camille Provencher, Special Care Counsellor - 0-17 years old, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6852 (Saint-Hubert) or 450 358-7099 ext. 2917 (Saint-Jean) or at Camille.Provencher@forces.gc.ca.

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CHILDHOOD

Parents-and-tots activities in November.
 
The periods are for children 5 years and under accompanied by their parents. Registration by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca. When registering, mention your child's full name, age, and a phone number to reach you.
 
November 5, 2019: Come with us to visit the Raymond-Lévesque library in Saint-Hubert (7025 Boul Cousineau, Saint-Hubert QC J3Y 0H1). We will wait for you on site at 10am, for a private visit of the establishment. For the residents of Saint-Hubert and Longueuil, it will be possible to borrow books. In addition, if you do not already have your Longueuil access card, you can do it directly on the spot with an ID and proof of residence.
 
November 20, 2019: Let's play at the Pi-O Indoor Fun Center (950 Blvd Curé-Poirier E, Longueuil QC J4J 4X1). Activities will begin at 10am and it will be possible to dine on site (lunchboxes are allowed). The perfect place to see our little ones stretch their legs and have fun!

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

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YOUTH

Babysitter list
Did you know? The MFRC provides a list of babysitters for your evening and weekend outings. Simply contact our Welcome and Information Clerks to receive a copy. The hourly rate will have to be agreed with the chosen person. The MFRC is not responsible for the quality of the services received.
 
For teens who would like to be added to our list, write to the Youth Coordinator.
 
 
Ped days
 
If you would like to register, you can write to info.crfm@forces.gc.ca with your child's name, age, and the dates of the days you want to register.
 
Places available in November and December:
November 22: some places available in Saint-Hubert
December 6: some places available in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 
Business hours
Saint John Garrison: 7:45 am to 5 pm
Saint-Hubert: 7 am to 5 pm
 
Youth outing in Saint-Jean
 
Come and try to solve the puzzle of the scenario “Vortex Past” at Sauve-qui-peut, before the end of the time allowed. Can you beat the clock? There is only one way to find out! We will then go to the coffee shop on the corner to drink hot chocolate and eat a pastrie. Transportation not included.
 
Age: 11 to 17 years old
Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Place: 130 Richelieu St., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, J3B 6X4
Cost: $25
Registration: By November 8, 2019
 
For further information: 
Emie Gendron
, Youth Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6824 (Saint-Hubert) or at 450 358-7099 ext/ 6118 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), or Emie.Gendron@forces.gc.ca.

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EVENTS

Begin the holiday season with the MFRC
 
The MFRC Christmas brunch will be held on Sunday, November 24, starting at 10:00 am in the stylish new Plaza Rive-Sud at 500 du Golf Avenue in La Prairie. In this new hall, which can hold up to 600 people, we will have more space to enjoy the meal, walk around more freely and set up activity areas for the kids.

Activities to keep kids busy while waiting for Santa

Our team of activity leaders will be on site to keep the children busy until the visit of Santa Claus. We will have booths for Christmas make-up, balloon sculptures, crafts, a drawing table and block bricks. We will also have a booth to take a family photo in a Christmas setting. Santa Claus will then make an entrance and give a gift to each child by age group.

Interested families can register at info.crfm@forces.gc.ca, stating the number of people who will be present, as well as the children’s ages and any allergies, before Thursday, November 15. Regular, reserve and veteran families are all welcome to attend the brunch.
 
For further information: 
Alexandre Gagné, Events Coordinator at 450 462-8777 ext. 6804 (Saint-Hubert), or 450 358-7099 ext. 66654 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) or at alexandre.gagne9@forces.gc.ca.

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