The September's Newsletter

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Psychosocial Counsellor

New position at the MFRC
 
The Military Family Resource Centre in the Montreal area has a new position to facilitate families' access to psychosocial services.
 
From now on, the psychosocial counsellor at the MFRC, will direct you through all available resources to help you when you need it.
 
As a result, her phone number will now be the front-line resource for any questions related to the MFRC Intervention Team (Social Workers & Special Care Counsellors), other programs offered by the MFRC (volunteering, language training, activities for young people, etc.) as well as external organizations for any other problem. This will make it easier for you to access the services and resources available.
 
Do not hesitate to contact Laurianne Curé-Laberge at 450 462-8777, ext. 6821
 
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SPECIAL CARE
 
End of summer vacation: the daily busy routine is back...

The return of the school involves new tasks for the children and the parents, which must be added to the already existing routine: early alarms, preparation of lunches, departures and returns from school and homework.

How to make the task easier? With a constant routine, flexible, simple and pleasant. Indeed, the routines secure your children. They help them to find their bearings in time and to better organize themselves. This gives them the impression of having control over their daily lives and causes them less anxiety and stress. Moreover, the respect of routines makes your family life easier, because as they get older, the children participates more in them.

The end of the summer does not mean that the pleasure is over. See them as pleasant moments to spend with your children, precious moments!

...and so are the parental support workshops!

They are open to parents and anyone over the age of 16 who wants to learn more about different educative methods.

The season will begin with a workshop on the Homework Period: strategies will be given to facilitate routine and learning, while promoting concentration and having fun. We are waiting for you on October 3rd at 5:30 pm at the MFRC Saint-Jean. A drop-in day-care may be available upon request during the conference.

You have until September 27 to register by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca. When registering, do not forget to specify the full name of each participant, the number of children for the day care center (name, age and allergy) and a phone number to contact you. A cold buffet will be served.

For further information:
Josiane Lagüe
, Special Care Counsellor – parental support, 450 462-8777 ext. 6834 (Saint-Hubert) or 450 358-7099 ext. 2909 (Saint-Jean)
Camille Provencher, Special Care Counsellor 0-17 years old, 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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EVENTS

Autumn Picking
 
Autumn picking will be back for the families of the North and South Shore of Montreal. September 14 from 11am, we will be present at the "Magie de la pomme" Garden, located at 925 ch. Fresnière in Saint-Eustache. September 15th, also from 11am, we will be at Verger de la Savane at 8000 De la Savane in Saint-Hubert. Find the MFRC marquee to receive your free bag. In addition, we invite you to bring your picnic to dine on site and enjoy a great outdoor activity. Register by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca to confirm your presence.
 
Daddy and Me
 
The opening night of Daddy and Me will take place on September 26 at the Machin Chouette Center in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Dads and their children are invited to enjoy this festive evening to launch the programming of the popular Daddy and Me activities. There will be music, giant play structure, a giant Just Dance, free meal and more. The launch party is the best time to meet other participants with whom you will spend most of your activities. Register by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca to confirm your presence.
 
Did you know ?

Registration for the Christmas Brunch is open! The largest and one of the most popular events is a not-to-be-missed! Come and celebrate the magic of Christmas with your family on November, 24th at 10:00 am. It’s free!
Registration : info.crfm@forces.gc.ca

For further information: 
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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CHILDHOOD

The parent-and-tots period is getting a new look!
  
Under the theme "the pleasure of being a parent", we organize two fun outings a month to discover the services offered in the community and have fun with your children.
 
On this occasion, our first activity will be at Ferme Guyon on September 18, 2019 at 10 am (1001 Patrick Farrar Street, Chambly, Qc, J3L 4N7)
 
The periods are for children 5 years and under accompanied by their parents. Registration by September 13, 2019 by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca. When registering, mention your child's full name, age, and phone number to reach you.

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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YOUTH


Loft's Schedule - September
Starting September 3rd, the Loft will be open from Tuesday to Sunday.

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00 am to noon
Noon to 3:00 pm
5-8 years old
9-17 years old
          5-8 years old
9-17 years old
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm  
 
  5-12 years old        
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm  
 
    9-17 years old      
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm  
 
      9-17 years old    
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm  
 
        12-17 years old  

PD Days
Registrations for the pedagogical days of the 2019-2020 school year are in progress. Activities are offered based on the pedagogical days of the Hautes-Rivières, Marie-Victorin and Riverside school boards.

If you would like to register your children for these free activity days, write to info.crfm@forces.gc.ca with the full name and age of your child, the service point chosen, and the name of your school and his school board.

Saint-Hubert: 40, rue La Vérendrye, Saint-Hubert from 7 am to 5 pm
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: at the Saint-Jean MFRC (178 Falaise) from 7:45 am to 5 pm

Hurry, places are limited. First come, first served !
 
 
Registration for these activities is almost complete
• Friday, September 6: workshop of making mandalas (12-17 years old ; at the Loft)
• Sunday, September 8th: world music workshop with the troupe of Saya Percussions (Saint-Jean MFRC from 10 am to 11 am, during 5-8 years old activities period, at The Loft from 1 pm to 2 pm, during the 9-17 years old activities period).

Registration by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca
 
Loft's Open Doors
Come meet us and visit the Loft Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. We will present a description of the services offered to the Youth sector. Light snacks served on site, inflatable games and other activities. An appointment not to be missed!
 
The Loft Advisory Committee
On September 9, the Loft Advisory Committee meetings will begin. The Committee will meet one Monday per month and eat dinner supplied by the MFRC, while discussing Loft issues, planning themed activities, having fun and developing new leadership skills.
 
Dates of the meetings:
September 09, 2019
October 21, 2019
November 18, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 20, 2020
February 17, 2020
March 16, 2019
April 20, 2020
May 18, 2020

Registration by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca
For more information, contact our Youth Home Loft Coordinator, Francine Gadbois.
  
Youth volunteering
Your teenager is between 9 and 17 years old and wants to get involved in his community? Suggest that he sign up for Youth Volunteering Wednesdays. Once a month, he will have the opportunity to participate with other young people to do his part in the community.
 
Youth Volunteering Wednesday :
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 11
February 5
March 11
April 8
May 6

Registration: info.crfm@forces.gc.ca
For more information, contact our Youth Home Loft Coordinator, Francine Gadbois.
 
Youth outing :
On September, 21, come and be surprised by the Planetarium! We will discover the immensity of the Universe through two immersion experiences and an amazing exhibition. We will also go to the Olympic Stadium Tower Observatory to discover a surprising view of the St. Lawrence Plain! Possibility of travelling together by public transport. Register before September 16, by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca.
 
Age: 11 to 17 years old
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Cost: $15 (lunch and transportation not included)
 
“Stay Safe!”
The program is designed to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to stay at home alone. How to prevent problems? How to react in everyday situations? This course, offered in collaboration with Atout Plus, the Canadian Red Cross first aid training partner, will help kids stay safe and constructively engaged. Register before September 20, by info.crfm@forces.gc.ca.
Age: 9 to 13 years old
Date: September 29, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Place: Saint-Jean MFRC
Cost: $15
 
Young people wanted.
Did you know that the CRFM has a caretaker list available to the community for people who are looking for a temporary child care option. If your teen wants to join our list, just write to our Youth Coordinator: emie.gendron@forces.gc.ca. We will be able to give his details to families who request it.
 
Help with Homework
Homework Help is back this year:
• Tuesdays (5-12 years old)
• Wednesdays (9-17 years old)
Registration required: info.crfm@forces.gc.ca

For further information: 
Emie Gendron
, Youth Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6824 (Saint-Hubert) or at 450 358-7099 ext/ 6118 (Saint-Jean), or Emie.Gendron@forces.gc.ca
Francine Gadbois, Youth Centre Coordinator, at 450 462-8777 ext. 6817 (Saint-Hubert) or at 450 358-7099 ext. 2911 (Saint-Jean) or Francine.Gadbois@forces.gc.ca.

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EMPLOYEMENT AND EDUCATION

First-Aid Course - Registration deadline: October 11.

We are offering an emergency first-aid course of a duration of 8 hours, including CPR for babies, children and adults.
The next course to spouses of CF members and children aged 16 and over will be held on October 19 at the Saint-Jean Garrison. Please note that will be offered in French with assistance in English (bilingual instructor).

Please note that the book and the exam are available in French or English.
 
You have until October 11 to register, by email, stating your name and phone number at:  info.crfm@forces.gc.ca.

For further information:
Estelle Auger
, Employement 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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VETERAN FAMILY PROGRAM

Informative Lecture on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Come and learn more about one of the most frequently diagnosed problems in North America. This lecture will help you to better understand this mental health disorder and allow you to know the concrete ways you can deal with it whether you are a person with a mental illness or you have a loved one who is affected. This training is part of the Veteran Family Program and in collaboration with the Family liason officer.
 
Age: 14 years old and over
Date: September 18th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 320, du Seminaire North, local 112, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, J3B 5K9
Language : French
Costs: Free
Registration: By September 16th, 2019 at 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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ILLNESS, INJURY AND DEATH

Are you or is your spouse leaving the forces for medical reasons?
Are you wondering what changes to expect? What things you will mourn?
Would you like to prepare for this transition individually or as a couple?
 
A retreat will take place on November 8-9 and 10 2019, the workshop format and activities will allow you to reflect, alone or with your spouse, to the psychosocial aspects of the transition from military to civilian lifestyle. You will also have the opportunity to discuss with others that are facing similar issues than yours and enjoy the enchanting Château Bromont.
 
Registration at info.crfm@forces.gc.ca. Do not forget to mention your name, phone number, release date, food allergies and language of preference for the workshop. Registration deadline: October 8, 2019
 
*Daycare will be available if needed. Ask for information.
The workshops will be offered in both languages, depending on the registrations.

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.
OR
Audrey Gallant
, S.W., Family Liaison Officer, at  450 358-7099 ext. 5190 (Saint-Jean), or at Audrey.gallant@forces.gc.ca.

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SEPARATION AND REUNION

Do you anticipate or live some changes related to the military way of life? The deployment of a loved one, the approach of a move or the experience of repeated absences seem to weigh heavily on you and your family?

Does the return of deployment requires more adaptation than you would have thought and this raises questions? Do not hesitate to contact us, as many families do every year. It will be our pleasure to help you find the listening and resources that will make you feel good.

The Separation and Reunion Coordinator is here to help you get through the challenges that arise before, during and/or after the absence of a loved one. 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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TRANSITION TO THE MILITARY LIFE

A Military Life 101 workshop will be held on September 11, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Sherbrooke, at the Fusilliers de Sherbrooke Regiment, 64 Belvedere St., Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4B4 - 2nd floor.

To register, contact Alain Houle at 819-345-0929 or houle.al@videotron.ca.
 
Don’t forget that you can also join our Facebook group. Created by MFRC volunteers, this page allows families and friends of candidates to stay informed and chat with other people experiencing the same situations! You can find our Facebook page 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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