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March 2017

Stress Lessons

Tuesday March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Help your child learn tools and strategies to cope with stresses related to the military lifestyle. Stress Lessons is built on an experiential, hands-on learning approach. Its aim is to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency for your child. This program is for children in grades 1-3. Please note that parent attendance at Helping Children with Stress is a pre-requisite for registration to this program. Call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 to register. Sessions running from February 21 to April…

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Playing Together

Wednesday March 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

A drop-in program for parents and their children age 5 and under. Come socialize and network with other military families! The children move freely between three to four activities in this fun, open-ended play experience. No registration required, just drop-in. Call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 for more information.

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Coffee Connections

Wednesday March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Would you like to meet others dealing with a deployment? Are you new to the military lifestyle or community? Would you like to “take a break” with others like yourself? Come relax, meet new people, and enjoy a cup of coffee! Share and learn tips about dealing with the military lifestyle. Free child care provided if your military member is away for work-related reasons. Register at least 5 days in advance by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Special Theme Coffee…

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Children’s Deployment Workshops: Kindergarten-Age 12

Wednesday March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Help your child adjust to a parent being away on deployment. Kids interact with other children who are going through the same experience. These workshops will help validate your child’s feelings about deployment. There are daytime sessions for ages 5-8 and 9-12, and an evening session for those in Kindergarten-Age 12. Register your child by calling the Military Family Resource Centre at 250-363-2640. Space is limited, please register your child in advance. New dates: Winter 2017 session will now run…

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Children’s Deployment Workshops: Age 3-5

Thursday March 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 20, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Help your young child adjust to a parent being away on deployment. Kids interact with other children who are going through the same experience. These workshops will help validate your child’s feelings about deployment. Register your child by calling the Military Family Resource Centre at 250-363-2640. Space is limited, please register your child in advance. New dates: Winter 2017 session now run Tuesdays at 9:30am from March 7-April 18. More dates: Due to popular demand, a second session will run…

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Shifting Gears

Thursday March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Are you transitioning out of the military? Are you willing to share your experiences? If so, we invite you and your partners to participate, provide input, and invest in making the best transition to post military life. The four-week course covers the stages of transition, goal setting and coping strategies. You will walk away with the ability to manage changes in your lives and move forward as a stronger family unit. Register by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Note: The…

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April 2017

PSP Saturday Explorations

Saturday April 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 24, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

A program from Personnel Support Programs for deployed families.  Drop off your kids aged 5-12 for three hours of games and activities. Call PSP at 250-363-1009 to register.

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Sunday Information Session for HMCS Ottawa

Sunday April 2 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Stay informed about your deployment. During the Commanding Officer’s presentation, you will learn what the ship has been up to and get the chance to ask questions. Senior members of the Canadian Fleet Pacific will be on hand to address any concerns. Child minding is available from 10:30am-noon for HMCS Ottawa and 12:30-2:30pm for HMCS Winnipeg if booked one week in advance. Register by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. 10:30-11am: HMCS Ottawa Family Network Planning Session 11am-Noon: HMCS Ottawa CO’s…

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Sunday Information Session for HMCS Winnipeg

Sunday April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Stay informed about your deployment. During the Commanding Officer’s presentation, you will learn what the ship has been up to and get the chance to ask questions. Senior members of the Canadian Fleet Pacific will be on hand to address any concerns. Child minding is available from 10:30am-noon for HMCS Ottawa and 12:30-2:30pm for HMCS Winnipeg if booked one week in advance. Register by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. 10:30-11am: HMCS Ottawa Family Network Planning Session 11am-Noon: HMCS Ottawa CO’s…

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Mental Health First Aid

Monday April 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:30am, repeating until Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

The Veteran Family Program is offering a Mental Health First Aid certification for the Veteran community – including Veterans, military members in transition, family members and service providers. Mental health first aid is the assistance provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until a crisis has been resolved. Register by calling 250-363-2640.

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Family FUNdamentals

Monday April 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 10, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Join us for games, songs, stories, snacks and activities. Through this program, you and your child will learn about self-image, healthy relationships, eating well, the importance of play and physical activity, and social and emotional well-being. Facilitated by an Early Childhood Educator, this interactive program is for parents and a 3 or 4 year old child. Call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 to register. Note: Fall 2016 session runs Monday at 9:30am till December 12, Winter 2017 session runs Mondays at…

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Children’s Deployment Workshops: Age 9-12

Monday April 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 10, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Help your child adjust to a parent being away on deployment. Kids interact with other children who are going through the same experience. These workshops will help validate your child’s feelings about deployment. There are daytime sessions for 9-12 and an evening session for those ages 5-12. Register your child by calling the Military Family Resource Centre at 250-363-2640. Space is limited, please register your child in advance. New dates: Winter 2017 session will now run Mondays at 3:30pm from March…

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Children’s Deployment Workshops: Age 5-8

Tuesday April 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Help your child adjust to a parent being away on deployment. Kids interact with other children who are going through the same experience. These workshops will help validate your child’s feelings about deployment. There are daytime sessions for ages 5-8 and an evening session for those ages 5-12. Register your child by calling the Military Family Resource Centre at 250-363-2640. Space is limited, please register your child in advance. New dates: Winter 2017 session will now run Tuesdays at 3:30pm from…

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Making Connections

Wednesday April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

If you’ve moved around a bit, you’ve probably made new friends along the way, and lost touch with other friends. Were there other parents that you got together with through your children’s school; or couples that you got to know through your partner’s work; or friends that you made at your work? This workshop is about the challenges of making and keeping friends while living the military lifestyle and the importance of a strong network during a deployment. Call 250-363-2640…

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PSP Wine Tasting in the Cowichan

Saturday April 8 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

You do the tasting and PSP takes care of the transportation.  Tour some of Vancouver Island’s finest wineries and enjoy a BBQ lunch.  Register with PSP.

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Easter Potluck Luncheon

Saturday April 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Even though your member is deployed, hop on over to the MFRC and share this special afternoon with your “Deployment Family.” This will be a potluck style event with crafts on hand for the children. This event is sponsored by the Family Networks. All participants must register by April 3 by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Email your Family Network to let them know what you will be bringing.

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Employment Workshop: Self-Assessment

Monday April 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Join Barb McLean from Worklink Employment to assess and explore your top transferable and job specific skills, personal qualities, values and more! Barb will address the unique needs of military members and families to help you effectively market yourself to civilian employers. You will leave this workshop having more clarity and confidence about what you have to offer potential employers. This workshop is open to both military family members and releasing members searching for civilian jobs. Please call the MFRC…

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Inner Warrior Wellness

Monday April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Monday, April 10, 2017

CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

A therapeutic yoga workshop available to medically-released veterans and their families designed to build resilience, reduce stress and connect to the community. No yoga experience required. The workshop will introduce and integrate yoga, mindfulness, and positive psychology into a self-care practice that will empower members and their families to cope, improve well-being and thrive in a supportive community. To register, call the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Inner Warrior Wellness has been cancelled.  

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Military Lifestyle 101

Thursday April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Meet other new military community members and learn more about the military lifestyle. A facilitator will be your tour guide through this unique culture, answering any questions you may have around deployment, relocation and communication. You will hear from a panel of experienced military partners who will share their stories. Walk away with confidence in your new military environment, knowing that others are walking the same path and that there are supports available along the way. Call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 to register.

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443 MH Community Connections

Monday April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Would you like to meet others who are part of the 443 MH Squadron family? Do you have a military member who is deploying with an east coast ship? If you would like to meet others like yourself then come out and join us. Bring your dinner and “brown bag” it! Free on-site child care will be available beginning at 6pm for each session. Register at least one week in advance by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640.  

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Submarine Community Connections

Monday April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Do you have a military member posted to a submarine this year? Would you like to meet others like yourself? Learn what life is like in a submarine community or share what has worked well for you in the past. These sessions will be opportunities for loved ones of submarine crews to learn more about what life is like onboard, as well as what it is like to be part of this unique experience. Bring your dinner and “brown bag”…

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Volunteer Orientation

Monday April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Come receive an overview of the MFRC, learn more about the volunteer application process, and learn the requirements for volunteering in the military family community. Participants will find out about existing opportunities and have the opportunity to ask questions. Register by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Childcare available if requested a week in advance. We also invite you to stick around for the second hour and join us in one our fun training opportunities specifically for MFRC volunteers. The session…

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Volunteer Training

Monday April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

If you are interested in learning some new skills and want to meet other like-minded volunteers, join us at one of the monthly training opportunities. If you have some ideas for training you do not see offered, let us know and we will see about providing it.  Register by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Childcare available if requested a week in advance.

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May 2017

Transitions

Wednesday May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Every time something changes in your life you undergo a period of transition, a period when you react and adjust emotionally to the new situation. Everyone manages transitions in their own way. By understanding the process of transition it will help you understand the emotions that you may experience and will provide meaning to you in order to find ways to adjust to this change. Call 250-363-2640 to register.

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Multi-Family Garage Sale

Sunday May 28 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Make some extra money from your unwanted items at a huge multi-family garage sale. Let the MFRC do the advertising for you. Get one table for $15 or two tables for $25. After May 12, tables cost $20 each. Reserve your table early as we sell out each year! Note that tables are not available for purchase on the day of the event.  

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June 2017

Stress Busters

Wednesday June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Stress is an individual response to a gap between resources and demands. Demands and resources can come from the individual and/or the environment. In order to manage stress we have to take time to reflect on the situation that we are facing and identify what we can control and change in order to reestablish the equilibrium. In this workshop, we’ll look at some stress buster tools you can use during the deployment. Call 250-363-2640 to register.

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July 2017

Re-establishing Your Relationship

Wednesday July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Do you have concerns about what things will be like once your partner has returned from their deployment? You may find that re-establishing intimacy after a long separation can be challenging. This workshop will provide you with information to understand the different forms of intimacy, identify roadblocks that may prevent you from achieving it and provide you with tools that will help you re-establish intimacy. Contact the MFRC at 250-363-2640 to register.

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August 2017

Return and Reintegration R2MR

Wednesday August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CPAC, 2610 Rosebank Rd
Colwood,British ColumbiaV9A 7N2Canada

Military families have identified reunion as their most challenging time to manage. The MFRC invites you to an information session designed to address your needs and concerns about family reunion. Discover useful techniques and tips to have a successful homecoming. All participants are asked to register by at least 5 days in advance by calling the MFRC at 250-363-2640. Free onsite childcare also available by request.

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