MFRC Virtual Programming Schedule
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MFS/MFRC Virtual Programming Schedule

FAMILY / ADULTS / CHILDREN & YOUTH
Stay and Play Away

An opportunity for families with children aged 0-6 yrs to connect with each other.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
Time: Every Tuesday in March (2nd to 30th) from 9:30-10:30am EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: laurentriemstra.bfrc@gmail.com
FrancoFUN: March,April
Are you looking for an opportunity to meet other Francophones and have some FUN? Register for ‘FrancoFUN’ and attend a monthly virtual event, 100% in French. Themes will vary monthly; game nights, crafts, movies and more! Have an idea for a theme?
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time:  Friday, 26th March; Friday, 30th April 2021
Language: French
Platform: Zoom
Registration: francais.french@comoxmfrc.ca
Wellness Wednesday Intellectual Information Session
An opportunity for participants to gain knowledge about continuous learning and personal development.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
Time: 31 March 2021
Platform: Pre-recorded
Registration: N/A
VFP Bi-Weekly Newsletter
A curated newsletter with information for medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans, and their families. This newsletter compiles information from VFP local programming, KMFRC, and community programming that is relevant and available to the above families. Each newsletter has information from all eight of the domains of wellness.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Kingston.
Time: Bi-Weekly on Friday
Platform: Email
To register for the VFP Newsletter, please email: vfpkmfrc@gmail.com
Topic: Stay and Play Away
Description: An opportunity for families with children aged 0-6yrs old to connect with each other 
Dates: Reoccurring, every Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30am (EST)
Brought to you by the MFRC in Borden
Platform: Zoom
Registration: Please contact laurentriemstra.bfrc@gmail.com
Topic: Educational Video Workshops
Description: 5 to 10-minute workshops in English and French on various topics to equip families and meet their needs
Brought to you by the MFRC in Montreal.
Time: Every 2 weeks
Registration: Contact Josiane Lague, josianne.lague@forces.gc.ca

Topic: Community Coffee and Chat
Description: What does it mean to be brave? Provides opportunity for virtual social connections through discussion.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Toronto.
Time: Every Wednesday
Registration: Contact Jamie McKay/Joanne O'Connor, info@TorontoMFRC.ca

ADULTS
English Conversation Club #2
Tutor-led courses; The new LRDG hybrid language training program gives learners access to course material via an online learning portal and weekly, tutor-led virtual group conversation sessions. No sessions on holidays.
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Every 6 weeks from Sept to June. Next session Monday 1th March 2021 from 10:30 to 11:30am PST
Language: Bilingual
Platform: Zoom, LRDG
Registration: francais.french@comoxmfrc.ca
Topic: Delve Into Deployment
Description: Deployments are not easy but a deployment through a pandemic is on another level!
 
The Deployment Services and Mental Health teams are joining together to offer you a series of workshops to help you thrive (and not just survive) your deployment by providing some clarity and certainty in an era where both have been lacking.

The purpose of these workshops is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to proactively and effectively address challenges and strengthen your coping mechanisms.  

This program will be facilitated in English but if you would like some French support, just let us know!

Brought to you by the MFRC in Petawawa
Dates: Jan 11, Feb 8 and March 3, 2021
Registration: Online
French Conversation Club #2
Tutor-led courses; The new LRDG hybrid language training program gives learners access to course material via an online learning portal and weekly, tutor-led virtual group conversation sessions. No sessions on holidays.
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Every 6 weeks from Sept to June. Next session Thursday 4th March 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00pm PST
Language: Bilingual
Platform: Zoom, LRDG
Registration: francais.french@comoxmfrc.ca
International Women's Day: Monica Bobbitt - Surviving & Thriving
For International Women’s Day, join us for a series of Zoom presentations with 5 inspiring women with diverse backgrounds who have worked and supported life in the Canadian Armed Forces. https://www.cafconnection.ca/Comox/In-My-Community/Special-Events/International-Women-s-Day-2021/9-00am-10-00am-Monica-Bobbitt.aspx
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Monday, 8th March 2021 from 9:00 to 10:00am PST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Registration: programming@comoxmfrc.ca
International Women's Day: Lt. Col. Rhonda Stevens - Opening New Doors - The 1st Female Commanding Officer of 442 Squadron
For International Women’s Day, join us for a series of Zoom presentations with 5 inspiring women with diverse backgrounds who have worked and supported life in the Canadian Armed Forces. https://www.cafconnection.ca/Comox/In-My-Community/Special-Events/International-Women-s-Day-2021/10-30am-11-30am-Lieutenant-Colonel-Rhonda-Stevens.aspx  
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Monday, March 8th 2021 from 10:30 to 11:30am PST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Registration: programming@comoxmfrc.ca
International Women's Day: Kelly Thompson - Being an 'Other' on the Outside
For International Women’s Day, join us for a series of Zoom presentations with 5 inspiring women with diverse backgrounds who have worked and supported life in the Canadian Armed Forces. https://www.cafconnection.ca/Comox/In-My-Community/Special-Events/International-Women-s-Day-2021/12-00pm-1-00pm-Kelly-Thompson.aspx  
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Monday, March 8th 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00pm PST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Registration: programming@comoxmfrc.ca
International Women's Day: Kim Mills - Using our own stories, struggles and victories to encourage, empower and advocate within our community
For International Women’s Day, join us for a series of Zoom presentations with 5 inspiring women with diverse backgrounds who have worked and supported life in the Canadian Armed Forces. https://www.cafconnection.ca/Comox/In-My-Community/Special-Events/International-Women-s-Day-2021/1-30pm-2-30pm-Kim-Mills.aspx  
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Monday, March 8th 2021 from 1:30 to 2:30pm PST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Registration: programming@comoxmfrc.ca
Presentation: Your relationship is in which boat
Presentation on couples' relationships, presenting the challenges and possible solutions with humor!
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC
Time: March 9, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST
Language: French
Platform: Zoom
Link
Workshop: Compassion fatigue
This workshop aims to improve participant knowledge of compassion fatigue and the means to prevent it, how to express concerns on the subject and how to provide resources when required.
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC.
Time: March 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST
Language : French
Link
Raising Kids in the CAF: March, April Sessions
A virtual group meeting for connection and support, while developing skills to tackle tantrums, sulking, sibling conflict, screen time battles and more. This group is open to parents, step-parents, and grandparents etc., who want to enhance their connection with the kids in their lives. Family members of kids of all ages welcome. 
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Monthly, next session, Wednesday 24th March 2021
Platform: Zoom
Registration: lynnette.crellin@comoxmfrc.ca
Presentation: Triple P
Presentation on Positive Parenting Practices.
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC
Time: March 25, 2021 7:00 p.m., April 8, 2021 7:00 p.m., and April 22, 2021 7:00 p.m. EST
Language: French
Platform: MS Teams
Link
The Google You
The purpose of this seminar is to empower learners with skills, to build, maintain, protect, and if necessary repair an online image that will enhance career prospects and project a positive presence for prospective clients.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Kingston
Time: 31 March 2021 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom
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Marriage Separation: Resources in BC for the CAF
Join Tony Walsh, a family justice counsellor; and learn how a counsellor can support the process. This session will revolve around the BC Family Law Act and Parenting Plans, including guardianship, parental responsibilities, parenting time, child support, special expenses, spousal support and relocation.
Brought to you by the Comox MFRC.
Time: Wednesday 7th April 2021
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Registration: programming@comoxmfrc.ca
Presentation: I chose myself
Presentation aimed at raising awareness, denouncing and breaking the silence on the taboo of domestic violence. Speaking to both men and women, whether or not they have experienced domestic violence.
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC
Time: April 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST
Language: French
Platform: MS Teams
Link
Conversation on the introduction to military reality for new families
Did your partner join the military? Is your daughter starting her recruit course? What happens next? This conversation is an introduction to military reality.
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC
Language: French
Platform: Google podcast, Apple Podcast and Spotify / CRFMV
Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-286157336/la-vie-militaire-101
Military life 101
Online workshop to familiarize yourself with military reality, the stages of this way of life, the challenges, the associated terminology, etc.
Presented by the Valcartier MFRC.
Time: Offered when sufficient number of registrations
Language: French
Platform: MS Teams
Information and registration: absencemutation@crfmv.com
Podcast “Wisdom for Wellness"
KMFRC staff and hosts Sarah Green, RSW, and Sam Galati, RSSW, talk to experts about topics that concern you. Hear about the latest research on treatment and early detection of depression, find out what strategies can help your child or teen combat anxiety, how you can help a loved one struggling with PTSD, or how change and transitions can be transformative. The last Thursday of each month, Sarah and Sam welcome a guest to explore some aspect of mental health and wellness. Available on Spotify & Apple or Buzzsprout.
Brought to you by the Kingston MFRC.
Time: Monthly on the last Thursday of each month with recording and French transcripts available.
Platform: Spotify, Apple, or Buzzsprout 
Topic: Demystifying Your Family’s Transition
Description: In this series of presentations the PMFRC Veteran Family Program Coordinator will be speaking with various guests about the challenges facing CF Members and their families as they go through the medical release process -  and the programs and services available to support them. 
 
Session One – We speak with a Family Liaison Officer about the mental and emotional challenges that a family may experience.
 
Session Two – Learn more about the Veteran Family Program and the services it provides for families across Canada.
 
Session Three- We will speak with a representative from SISIP re: financial considerations during the transition process
 
Brought to you by the MFRC in Petawawa
Registration: Online
Sessions are pre-recorded and available for registrants
Topic: Exceptional Families
Description A peer-support program for adults from families with special needs. 
In addition to the opportunity to discuss current challenges, guest speakers are sometimes invited to join these sessions
Time: First Thursday of every month
Brought to you by the MFRC in Petawawa
Registration: Online
Topic: Hello Heroes
Description: ‘Hello Hero’ is an online course designed to assist and support families dealing with an Operational Stress Injury resulting from their service. Modules include understanding PTSD, self care for spouses, and how PTSD effects their child and the broader family unit.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Calgary
Language: English
Link: https://app.waiverelectronic.com/render/templateByRefId/5f85ef3041c0da0323a8916d
Topic: Employment - Advice for interviews
Description: Helping adults in the stages relating to job searching. 
Brought to you by the MFRC in Bagotville
Link: https://youtu.be/-rnAEfmg8lQ 

Topic: Employment - Advice for interviews
Description: Help the military spouse with job searches in the occasional face of judgment and possible discrimination. Highlighting qualities that the military reality often bring, as seen by a potential employer.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Bagotville
Link: https://youtu.be/bsbgy9FYaaM

Topic: Parental Advocacy Support
Description: Support for parents wishing information or advocating for support from community agencies, schools and child care centers
Brought to you by the MFRC in North Bay
Time: Anytime
Registration: Diane Sarrazin-Dubeau, diane.northbaymfrc@gmail.com

Topic: Care for the Caregiver virtual presentation (Veteran Family Program)
Description: An Operational Stress Injuries virtual presentation aimed at providing strategies for coping, and resources to assist Caregivers. Brought to you by the MFRC in North Bay
Start Date: 8/5/2020
Time: Every 4 months
Registration: vfcnorthbay2@gmail.comvfcnorthbay1@gmail.com

Topic: Safety Net online presentation (Veteran Family Program)
Description: How to identify intimate partner violence at the workplace and increase awareness and understanding. Brought to you by the MFRC in North Bay
Time: Every 4 Months
Registration: vfcnorthbay1@gmail.com

Topic: OSI Support Giver Group
Description: In partnership, OSISS and the Family Liaison Officer offer a virtual group for individuals supporting a loved one with an OSI. Open to Military, Veteran, and RCMP families. Brought to you by the MFRC in Toronto
Time: Mondays 1830hrs, Fridays 1130hrs EST
Registration: Contact Reba.Fleury@TorontoMFRC.ca

CHILDREN & YOUTH
Tween Pet Show and Tell
This Program provides Youth 10-14 years of age an opportunity to discuss the benefits that animals have on our emotional well-being.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
Time: 2 March 2021 from 4:30-5:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: a.sedorebfrc@gmail.com

Teen Women's History Month
This Program provides Youth 15-18 years of age an opportunity to discuss the contributions of women throughout history while engaging in fun activities. 6-7pm EST
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
Time: 10 March 2021 from 6-7pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: a.sedorebfrc@gmail.com
Kids Club Hello Spring
This Program provides children 6-10 years of age with an opportunity to connect and socialize with other children while creating crafts and playing trivia.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
 Time: 17 March 2021 from 4:30-5:30pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: a.sedorebfrc@gmail.com

Bully B.R.A.V.E Mental Health during Covid Workshop
Learn about Mental Health, normal stress vs over stress and learn tips to manage the ups and downs of life. Also, engage in discussion about Covid-19 and the impact it has on mental health. For Youth aged between 15-18 years.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
 Time: 18 March 2021 from 6-7pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: a.sedorebfrc@gmail.com
Bully B.R.A.V.E Workshop
Build confidence in the ability to identify and deal with bullying situations.  For youth aged between 10-14years.
Brought to you by the Borden MFRC.
Time: 20 March 2021 from 11am-12pm EST
Platform: Zoom
Registration: a.sedorebfrc@gmail.com
Topic: Children's Deployment Support Program
Description: Program (CDSP) is a peer support initiative designed to provide school-aged children (from JK to Grade 8) with appropriate information on the feelings and reactions experienced by the prolonged absence of a parent.  The program was designed to normalize the deployment situation for children and teach them positive living skills that will help them cope with the challenges of deployment and other stressors they may experience in their day to day lives. Families can enroll in the CDSP when they are experiencing a work-related separation (deployment, tasking or course). Sessions will focus on anxiety reduction, positive living skills and recognition of emotions through fun play based activities. Children will also be encouraged to write letters to Drako the Dragon, our CDSP support mascot, talking about their experiences and feelings. Drako will read the letters “anonymously” during the live Zoom sessions, and the children can participate in some brainstorming and discussion about coping, problem solving and how to support each other.
Brought to you by the MFRC in Petawawa 
Time: Semester runs from January to March
Semester two begins in January
Registration: Registration for each semester, along with our CDSP Support Newsletter and a frequently asked questions section, can be found online.
As much of the content is pre-recorded, particpants can register at anytime throughout the session.  
Families with questions or looking for more information can contact:
 - Main Reception Line 613-687-1641
 - Community Engagement Team via email
 - Deployment Programmer at pmfrc.deployment@gmail.com

Topic: Family Story Time - A kiss goodbye
Brought to you by the MFRC in Bagotville
Link: https://youtu.be/dfUTDauVf0s

Topic: Teen Centre
Description: The Teen Centre is a place where military teens have a chance to connect with other teens living the military life. During our closure we still chat regularly and connect with each other while doing crafts, playing games or and having virtual parties.
Brought to you by the MFRC in North Bay.
Time: Multiple times a week
Registration: Contact Shannon Mason, shannon.northbaymfrc@gmail.com