Here are some resources and services that you can access while experiencing a deployment or work-related separation.
Having trouble finding a workshop date or time that works for you? Do you live too far away from the MFRC to participate in the Children’s Workshops? Would you like to better support your child throughout their parent’s deployment? What about doing your own Children’s Deployment Workshops at home? We have developed Children’s Deployment Workbooks for children 3 to 12 years of age and an easy-to-use Parent Guide for the parent at home which includes tips and activities for the deployed parent. Stop by any MFRC location to pick up your copy today! Copies of these manuals are available to deployed members on their ships and electronically upon request. Deployment staff are available to assist you throughout the deployment with email support.
Funded by The United Way of Greater Victoria and donations from individuals, respite child care (for children up to school age) is available at no cost when a military parent is deployed for 21 consecutive days or more. You can receive one continuous 3 hour session per week up to a maximum of 4 free sessions per month. Punch cards keep track of family usage. Parents must complete registration forms and follow established guidelines. If you have unique child care needs, please contact us. Register up to 8 days in advance of session.
Ages 6-18 months
Due to COVID-19, we cannot offer this service on-site for babies and infants at this time. The MFRC may be able to provide some respite care upon assessment. Call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 to learn more.
*Additional sessions $15 per 3-hour session per child
Ages 18 months-5 years
Location: CPAC MFRC
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am–noon and 1–4pm
Call 250–363–2674 to book
*Additional sessions $12 per 3-hour session per child
MFRC Deployment Books: English
MFRC Deployment Books: French
Parenting from Afar Book
Preparing for Deployment Stress Handbook
Travel Authorization Letter
Tips for Return and Reunion
Return and Reunion – What to Expect
Preparing for Reunion Stress Handbook
Want to learn more about parenting in the military lifestyle? Give the Parenting from Afar resource book a read!
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The MFRC has produced a podcast called The Military Lifestyle that has a few episodes dedicated to deployment.
Parenting from Afar
This episode of The Military Lifestyle looks at parenting from a distance. The discussion looks at things you can do before, during and after the experience to make things better. Special guest: Tracy Beck, MFRC Deployment Workshop Facilitator.
Preparing Couples for Deployment
This episode of The Military Lifestyle podcast looks at the challenges of a military deployment, a few tools for managing it, coping strategies, goal setting, common errors and the importance of good communication. Special guest: MFRC Deployment Coordinator Sandra Pinard.
Preparing Single Military Members for Deployment
This episode of The Military Lifestyle podcast looks at what single military members need to think about before they deploy. The discussion is very practical and covers financial matters, income tax, power of attorney, vehicles, driver’s licenses, passports, information to share with friends and family plus more. Special guest: MFRC Deployment Coordinator Sandra Pinard.
Preparing Couples for Reunion
For couples experiencing a military deployment, a homecoming isn’t always like the movies. Reintegration can be a challenge. Let’s take a look at what people are feeling and a few tips to have a smooth reunion. Special guest: Sandra Pinard, Deployment Coordinator at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre.
If you are a part of a command team and want to find out information about the MFRC services for your military members, you are in the right location. The Command Team Guide should serve both as a refresher for new command teams and as a guide in preparation for deployments to ensure a robust family support plan is in effect for your unit.
The MFRC is available if you need advice on a situation involving any of your people or if you want to set up a meeting after taking command or to prepare for a deployment.
Need help facilitating a deployment support plan? Check out the Command Team Guide guide for resources!
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Unit Liaisons are military members that help their Units stay informed of MFRC programs and services, and provide a way for Units at CFB Esquimalt to have a dialogue directly with the MFRC.
1-2 times per year, current or prospective liaisons receive a half-day training on their role and receive an in-depth look at the MFRC. A free lunch follows the training.
Take a look at the handbook developed by the MFRC to help guide these representatives of the MFRC.
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There are things that military members and their families can do before, during and after deployments to have a successful deployment. Want a few tips and tricks for dealing with a deployment? This quick slideshow covers a few things you might want to think about before you go through the deployment cycle.
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