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If you are in the Canadian Armed Forces or a family member connected to the military, the lifestyle can be a challenge. CFB Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) explores deployments, postings, transitions and more through interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members and military-connected family members. There should be no concern about rank or trade, or finding the time to get through the doors at the MFRC. The goal is to meet you where you live and to help you prepare and get a plan in place so that you can master the military lifestyle.

If you are in the Canadian Armed Forces or a family member connected to the military, the lifestyle can be a challenge. CFB Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) explores deployments, postings, transitions and more through interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members and military-connected family members. There should be no concern about rank or trade, or finding the time to get through the doors at the MFRC. The goal is to meet you where you live and to help you prepare and get a plan in place so that you can master the military lifestyle.
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If you are in the Canadian Armed Forces or a family member connected to the military, the lifestyle can be a challenge. CFB Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) explores deployments, postings, transitions and more through interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members and military-connected family members. There should be no concern about rank or trade, or finding the time to get through the doors at the MFRC. The goal is to meet you where you live and to help you prepare and get a plan in place so that you can master the military lifestyle.

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Episodes

Looking for Work in a New Community

11/20/2019
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Military families have to recreate community with every posting. For some military spouses or partners that can mean looking for work in a new place and rebuilding from scratch. So, let’s break down how military families can address resumes, references, informational interviews plus a few skills that you can highlight. Special Guest Kim Dillon is the Community Relations Coordinator at WorkLink, an employment centre with locations in Langford and Sooke here in Greater...

Duration:00:21:59

Helping Children with Stress

11/13/2019
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Stress can impact anyone, including kids of all ages, but it can be managed and you can help your child through the process. Let’s talk about what stress is for a military-connected child, what it might look like and a few strategies to deal with it. Special Guest Dr. Linda Scott is the former Program Manager at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre and a trainer with the Psychology Foundation of Canada. She's currently retired, but she has a years of experience working with...

Duration:00:26:50

Military Family Financial Planning

11/6/2019
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Military life is different and so are your finances. There are deployments, postings, you might not have family close by and you might have businesses willing to give you a “great” deal. Let’s examine financial planning from a military perspective. Special Guest Suzie Fines is a financial planner with SISIP at CFB Esquimalt. She has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. She works exclusively with serving and released Canadian Armed Forces members and their...

Duration:00:28:58

Parenting From Afar

10/30/2019
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If you have a child and work takes you halfway across the world, you are parenting from afar. So what can you do before, during and after a deployment to make this whole experience better? Special Guest Tracy Beck has been facilitating workshops for children for over 20 years. These popular workshops for kids ages three to 12 are a great way to keep kids connected to the deployed parent. Highlights Quotes “Some of them are a little bit shy of the military person coming home. Others...

Duration:00:19:16

The Transition Out of the Military

10/23/2019
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The transition from the military to the civilian world represents a huge cultural shift. Let’s explore why it is such a big adjustment, the different kinds of transition, loss of identity, what the challenges are, and what helps during the process. Special Guests Dr. Anne Irwin served in the Canadian Forces Reserve for 15 years, retiring as a Military Police officer with the rank of Major. Her PhD thesis (“The Social Organization of Soldiering”) was based on extensive field research with a...

Duration:00:33:48

Navigating Systems

10/16/2019
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If you have a special needs child, a family member with extra needs, or an elderly parent needing care, you might be overwhelmed with information, processes, and where to go first. Navigating Systems looks at the big hurdles that military families face, how to plan and self-advocate, and how to tackle this daunting challenge. Special Guest Colleen Cahoon is currently the Manager, Regional Services Vancouver Island for the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. Before that, she spent over...

Duration:00:25:22

Preparing Couples for Deployment

10/9/2019
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Helping Couples Prepare for Deployment 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 Sandra Pinard has been the deployment coordinator at the CFB Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre for over 15 years. Highlights Quotes “But sometimes if you're stressed out in one little thing happens, it could be enough to send you into a downward spiral for...

Duration:00:25:11

The Military Lifestyle - Coming Soon

9/17/2019
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The military is not just a job, it's a lifestyle. Join Jon Chabun from the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre as he explores the world of deployments, postings and transitions. Each episode will feature interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members or military-connected family members. The lifestyle can be dynamic and all encompassing but it can be learned. Get ready to dive into military life with season one of "The Military Lifestyle."

Duration:00:01:28