The Military Family Services (Europe) (MFS(E)) Advisory Committee (AC) is a group of volunteers representing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families and communities across Europe. The AC works to enhance MFS(E)’s capacity to implement family programs and services to all Canadian military families regardless of where they are located in Europe.
European Advisory Committee
As a group of volunteers, the AC is not authorized to act as decision-makers or policy-makers. Their primary role is to provide advice to the Senior Manager MFSP Europe about the needs of the community and to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
CAF members (in a non-official capacity), and their civilian spouses/partners and dependents (18 years or older) are eligible to volunteer for the AC. Fifty-one (51) percent of the voting membership must be civilian family members of CAF members. Members representing a particular region must reside in that region at the time of recruitment and must have the support of their local CAF Commander.
Advisory Committee Members
New composition of the committee (starting APS
Why would you want to be a member of the MFS(E) AC?
- Opportunity to share expertise and advice;
- Opportunity to be part of a consultative voice than can directly influence the responsiveness of MFS(E) to meet the needs of the CAF Europe community;
- Personal growth and development through community contribution; and
- Enhance your professional resume and/or portfolio.
What are we looking for?
The MFS(E) AC meets on site at the Canadian Forces Support Unit (Europe) in Geilenkirchen once a year, usually in the winter. All other meetings, usually held every second month, are conducted on-line. No special computer equipment or program required but reliable internet is required. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Senior Manager, MFSP Europe, Angie Thibodeau.
- Eagerness to represent your community;
- Personal qualities: Commitment; self-motivation; empathy; and, respect;
- Interpersonal skills: Team spirit; collaboration; critical judgment and prioritizing; ability to work toward consensus; and, ability to connect with military families;
- Communication skills: Writing, verbal and presentation skills; diplomatic communication; supportive communication; and, ability to speak to issues facing military families; and
- Technology skills: Comfort with electronic communications and file storage.
- Assets: Analytical thinking; needs assessment; planning and coordination; systems thinking; time management; experience in program/policy development, implementation or evaluation and assessment; organizational awareness; experience in non-profit, private or government sectors