The July's Newsletter

sUmmary :


YOUTH

The Loft’s Summer Schedule
Remember that, during the summer, the opening hours of the Loft (40 La Vérendrye St., Saint-Hubert) are Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm for children aged 5 to 12 and Thursday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm for young people aged 12 to 17.
 
NEW!
The activities for 5-to 12-year-olds are very popular in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This is why, starting in September, we will offer two activities per month to increase the activities available for children!
 
To stimulate your interest, we will be giving you the first activity in both Saint-Hubert and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on September 8. Under the theme of World Music, young people will have the opportunity to play different percussion instruments. Watch this space to find out the registration dates that will start in August.
 
Pedagogical days in August
Registration for pedagogical days, to be held from August 26 to 30, 2019, began on June 26.
 
If you want to register your children for these free activity days, please write to info.crfm@forces.gc.ca and indicate your child’s full name and age, the point of service selected and the name of the school and the school board.
 
Saint-Hubert: 40 La Vérendrye St., Saint-Hubert from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saint-Jean: MFRC Saint-Jean (178 Falaise St.) from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
 
Starting on August 30, you can register your children for the whole school year on a first-come, first- served basis!

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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EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION


French and English Second-Language Courses
Free Training for Military Spouses and Children
 
2019 Fall Session
Beginning of Adult Courses: Week of September 16 for 12 weeks.
Beginning of Youth Courses: Week of September 30 for 8 weeks.
 
2020 Winter Session
Beginning of Adult Courses: Week of January 20 for a period of 12 weeks.
Beginning of Youth Courses: Week of February 3 for 8 weeks.
 
*** It is possible to register for both sessions from August onwards
Registration from August 19 to 23
 
Course calendar for 2019–2020

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • Tuesday evening: Beginner level English;
  • Thursday evening: Intermediate level English;
  • Monday and Wednesday mornings: Beginner level French;
  • Monday evening: French (homework help) for children aged 6 to 10.
 Saint-Hubert
  • French Conversation one evening per week;
  • Wednesday evening: Combined English courses online (at home) and in the classroom with the Language Research Development Group (LRDG) program;
  • Monday evening: English (homework help) for children aged 6 to 10.
 Remotely
  • Complete online training with the Rosetta Stone program;
  • Group training at home with the Language Research Development Group (LRDG) program. This includes a module with an online tutor of one hour a week using the virtual platform of the LRDG learning program. Offered in French or in English as a second language.
Upon request, other groups may be formed. A minimum of five registrations is required to form a group. Fill out the registration card and indicate your availabilities.
 
Places are available now for second-language distance learning with Rosetta Stone.
 
For more information or to sign up: info.crfm@forces.gc.ca

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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EVENTS

Outdoor cinema (in French)
On July 18, at sunset, we will have an outdoor cinema at 40 La Vérendrye St. in Saint-Hubert. The French version of Dumbo will be shown. Bring your chairs, blankets and insect repellent.
 
We look forward to seeing you!

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

Looking for a daycare service?
You have just arrived in the region and your baby is finally ready to go to daycare, but you don’t know where to turn? Our Childhood Coordinator is available to support you in your search! You can contact her to find out about the resources available or to schedule a meeting for more assistance.
 
To make a request, please contact Noémi Trépanier, Childhood Coordinator
450-462-8777 poste 6830 (Saint-Hubert)
450-358-7099 poste 7012 (Saint-Jean)
Noemi.trepanier@forces.gc.ca
 
Summer season
Do not forget that during 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 à noemi.trepanier@forces.gc.ca.
 
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SPECIAL CARE COUNSELLING

 

Sleep during the summer period
The school year has ended and summer vacation is finally here. Vacation time can mean many changes, including the family routine which is often less structured during the summer, because of obligations.

For some, that is whereas for others, it may be more difficult. Having a routine and a predictable framework is necessary to reassure many children. This does not mean that everything must be planned and executed in a very structured way, but to allow the child to know what to expect.

Although days seem longer, the number of hours of sleep required does not change with the seasons. It is common to go to bed later in the summer either because of various activities or due to the fact that we don’t have to get up early the next day. To guide you with sleep management, a table with the number of hours of sleep recommended according to age group.

Age Group Average number of hours of sleep necessary per 24 hrs Average number of naps needed per 24 hrs
Newborn (0-3 months) 14-17 3-10
Infant (4-11 months) 12-15 1-4
Baby (ages 1-2) 11-14 1-2
Preschool age (ages 3-5) 10-13 0-1
School age (ages 6-13) 9-11 0
Adolescent (ages 14-17) 8-10 0
Young adult (ages 18-25) 7-9 0
Adult (ages 26-64) 7-9 0

*Table adapted from the National Sleep Foundation, from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute
 
A predictable routine and enough sleep are key elements in preventing irritability for both us and our children!

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

Coffee meetings and knitting evenings
Warm weather has just arrived, coffee meetings, which are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, will continue to be on the program, while knitting evenings will take a break during the summer season.
 
Energetic women, sharing a similar reality to yours, will welcome you with open arms. Welcome to both military spouses who have arrived recently in the region and to those who have already been here for a while!
 
The evenings, totally free of charge, will start at 6 p.m. at the MFRC Saint-Hubert. Relaxation and conversations are on the agenda to build connections!
 
We look forward to seeing you there!

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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ILLNESS, INJURY AND DEATH

Questions–answers about the Family Liaison Officer (FLO)
 
Is the FLO a CAF member?
NO! The FLO works as a partner of the Transition Centre (TC) of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Montreal. The FLO is located in the same offices, but benefits from autonomy from the TC’s chain of command (CoC). She does not have access to your personal information and, without your consent, the CoC does not have access to the information that the FLO collects about you.
 
What is your role?
It may be divided into two main roles:
  1. Supporting the TC team in different areas (training, workshops, etc.);
  2. Supporting and assisting military families in dealing with the illness, injury or death of a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
What services are available?
  • Assessment and guidance meeting following a transfer;
  • Individual, marital or family psychosocial counselling;
  • Informative talks, workshops and support groups;
  • Access to respite daycare services;
  • Access to the Support Our Troops Fund (special needs fund);
  • Referrals and information on military, community and public resources and various psychosocial resources.
Contact information
Audrey Gallant
450-358-7099 #5190
Audrey.gallant@forces.gc.ca

For further information: 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

Back from a mission
This month, many families will see their loved ones return from a mission. You will be relieved and happy to have them home at last! It is totally natural that this return should generate both excitement and apprehension. However, it is important to keep in mind that an adjustment period is necessary for both the member and his or her family. During the last few months, everyone has experienced their own dance. It should therefore not be forgotten that it will take a little time, patience and effort to synchronize their steps again for this new dance.

The MFRC has many tools to help you cope with this period. Feel free to contact us for advice, children’s books or informative texts on returning CF members!

The Separation and Reunion Coordinator is available to support you through the challenges of absence and changes in 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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PREVENTION, SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION

Spring has gone by and summer is here!
After our cold and rainy spring, summer is a welcome change. No matter how short it is, we love the heat, the swimming, and being in the open air. For some of us it is the time of moving and getting used to new places, for others, it is to adjust to the routine of summer holidays. Sometimes the joy of sunshine and warm days is counterbalanced by other stresses. Maybe this time of the year is difficult for you.

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 Prevention, Support and Intervention Coordinator.

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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TRANSITION TO THE MILITARY LIFE

The team working on the Welcome and Support during the Transition to Military Life Program wishes you a wonderful summer and will come back to you in the fall with something new. In fact, in addition to traditional workshops offered in person, you will be able to attend our Military Life 101 workshops online!
 
By including these new online workshops, we would like to accommodate as many people as possible by catering to your various schedules and so that even the more distant clients can attend these very informative workshops!
 
Stay informed about our program through our newsletter or the MFRC’s Facebook page!
 
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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VETERAN FAMILY PROGRAMM

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, August 7, 2019
Hour: 1:00 p.m.
Online: In French
Cost: Free
Deadline registration: July 31, 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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