When you join the Family Network for 443 Squadron, you’ll receive important email updates on deployments, information on social activities and get the opportunity to connect with others going through the same experience. If your loved one deploys on an air detachment as part of a ship, we suggest that you join the ship’s family network.
|Family Network Representative:||Trista|
|Email:||Family Network Rep|
|Facebook Group:||443 Squadron Family Network|
|Family Information Form:||English, French (PDF)|
|Deployment Support Book:||English, French (PDF)|
|Unit Website:||443 Squadron|
|Other Resources:||Command Team Guide (PDF), Unit Liaison Handbook (PDF)|
DWAN – Defense Wide Area Network
As you may have heard the ship will be unable to provide non-DWAN connections and communications during their transit home. This would include onboard wifi and messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, Face time, Skype as well as non-DND email accounts (gmail, Hotmail, yahoo, shaw, telus etc). What this means for crew and loved ones is that the best form of communication will be via the military member’s @forces.gc.ca email account, there still may be delays for these accounts as well. Once the ship is back in local waters, closer to Victoria, cell service would be restored via land based towers. As always if you are experiencing an emergency and need to reach your military member quickly I suggest you contact the MFRC at 250-363-2640 (1-800-353-3329 toll free) or the Duty Chaplin at 250-818-2794.
L.T. Creasy, Commanding Officer, HMCS Regina
Comme vous l’avez peut-être entendu, le navire ne sera pas en mesure de fournir des connexions et des communications non DWAN pendant son transit à la maison. Cela comprend également wifi à bord et services de messagerie tel que messagerie de Facebook, Face time, Skype et aussi les courriel électronique pas DND (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, shaw, telus, etc.) Ce que cela signifie pour l’équipage et et leurs proches, c’est que la meilleure forme de meilleure forme de communication sera via le courriel électronique du membre militaire @forces.gc.ca. Il peut encore y avoir des retards pour ses comptes aussi. Une fois le navire de retour dans les eaux locales, plus près de Victoria, le service cellulaire serait rétabli via des tours terrestres. Comme toujours si vous vivez une urgence et vous avez besoin d’atteindre votre membre militaire vite, je suggère que vous contactez le MFRC a 250-363-2640 (1-800-353-3329 gratuit) ou le Chaplin de Devoir a 250-818-2794.
The MFRC is running a monthly colouring contest for those experiencing a deployment. Be sure to include your name, your age group, your military member’s name and the name of their unit. All ages are welcome. Once you have completed the colouring sheet, scan it or snap a picture and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries will be entered into a monthly draw for several gift cards or certificates. All entries will be forwarded on to the Units for their viewing pleasure. Please submit by September 20th.
A Message from the Executive Officer of HMCS WINNIPEG.
Due to unforeseen circumstances WIN did not embark mail at our last port stop. Those parcels are not lost, rather they are being redirected to our next port of call. We truly appreciate the continued support of our loved ones back home and can’t wait to be re-united with our mail!
LCdr Amber Comisso, Executive Officer, HMCS Winnipeg
Here are the upcoming mail date(s) for HMCS Winnipeg. Mail must be at the MFRC on or before the following dates.
Wednesday Sept 16, 2020 (Both locations)
Wednesday September 30, 2020 (Both locations)
Wednesday Oct 21, 2020 (Signal Hill location only)
Monday Oct 26, 2020 (CPAC location only)
Wednesday Nov 4, 2020 (Both locations)
Beginning Sept 8th the Esquimalt MFRC will be reopening it’s Signal Hill Location, and expanding its hours at both locations to better serve our community.
Signal Hill – 1505 Esquimalt Road
Due to limited space available and no wrapping station, parcels brought to this location must be completely ready for mailing with the exception of customs forms.
9am – 4pm (closed from noon to 1 for lunch)
Tuesday to Friday
CPAC MFRC – 2610 Rosebank Ave
9am – 4pm
Monday to Friday
A few members wanted to establish a COVID-19 Squadron Support Network with the aim of assisting members and their families who may be self-isolating in accordance with the Chief of Defence Staff’s direction and public health authority orders.
- Supporters are members who are healthy and able to pick up essential items for members in isolation. If you would like to help out by assisting fellow members, please fill out the Google form.
- Supporters will be identified by area and their information will be made available in the private Facebook group dedicated to COVID-19 support for our members. Moreover, supporters’ contact information will be provided to MFRC so that the organization can assist if they receive any requests on their end of similar nature.
- Those in need of support are encouraged to join the Facebook group ‘COVID-19 Squadron Support Network to easily connect with supporters in their area.
- If you are not on Facebook and would like to request a supporter to do essential errands for you, you can contact Sandra Pinard at the MFRC for a supporter in your area.
Please note that this support network is meant only for current 443 members and their families. This includes those who may be deployed or on course with their families residing in the Greater Victoria & Cowichan area. Please be advised that it is at the supporter’s discretion to assist others who are not included in the network so long as they follow the directed social distancing measures. Our members’ health and safety are of utmost importance to us all so the more supporters available, the better; more supporters will lessen trips and possible exposure greatly.
Here are some photos from 443 Squadron of the Cyclone Helicopter.