Hawaii November 2019 Newsletter
Since the last newsletter there has been the Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival attended by many of our families and we celebrated Remembrance Day with a lovely ceremony at the Commonwealth plot at the Oahu cemetery, organized by the DET. A big thank you to the DET and to the Barsby's for hosting a post-ceremony reception at their home. In addition, congratulations for Lt(N) Matt Walsh, who received his CD medal for 12 years of service from an US Lieutenant-General, the Deputy Commander of PACOM.

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Depuis le dernier bulletin d’information, il y a eu le festival de citrouilles de Aloun Farms assisté par beaucoup de nos familles et nous avons célébrons le Jour du Souvenir avec une belle cérémonie organisée dans le cadre du Commonwealth au cimetière d'Oahu, organisée par le DET. Un grand merci au DET et aux Barsbys pour avoir organisé une réception après la cérémonie chez eux. En outre, félicitations pour Lt(N) Matt Walsh, qui a reçu sa médaille de DC pour service de 12 ans d'un lieutenant général américain, le commandant adjoint du PACOM.
Thank you to Brent (Cpl Moore) for capturing these moments at the Remembrance Day ceremony and sharing them with the Ohana on Facebook. / Merci à Brent (Cpl Moore) d'avoir capturé ces moments lors de la cérémonie du Jour du Souvenir et d'avoir partagé les photos avec la famille canadienne sur Facebook.

National Monthly Events

National Gratitude Month
With the holiday season in full swing between Canadian Thanksgiving, the upcoming American Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays just around the corner, the spirit of gratitude is all around us.

How to be Happy

Have you noticed how some people just seem to be happier than others, even though they have many of the same problems and challenges? Although the meaning of happiness varies from person to person and from culture to culture, all human beings have the capacity to be happy. According to American psychologist Martin Seligman, happiness is part of our overall well-being, but happiness  alone  doesn’t enable us to flourish. It does not allow us to build deep, lasting relationships with others, feel pleasure, or contribute meaningfully to our communities and to the world. In fact, his belief is that happiness (or “positive emotion”) is just one of five elements that, together, allow us to build a fulfilling life. The other four are engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.

To continue reading on tips and tools you can use, please  click here .
Movember - Men's Health Awareness Month

In the US, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.
Across the country, there are more than 3 million men living with and beyond the disease. In addition, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men. Testicular cancer is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and often cured, if diagnosed and treated early. 

Take action early, know the signs, symptoms and risk factors for prostrate and testicular cancer. Below is a link to the Movember website that has information about these conditions and the annual Movember challenge.
Many of us have been affected by a family member or know someone who has Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.

There is no cure for this disease that affects nearly 5.4 million Americans, and the number is growing.

While the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, it also focuses on increasing support for caregivers and sharing available resources.

Caregivers provide 24-hour care in most circumstances. As the disease progresses, the stress becomes overwhelming. Often, they receive respite from visitors but many become isolated as time passes. A broad spectrum of resources from support groups to memory care and educational tools provides caregivers assistance. Do you know someone in this situation? Reach out to provide support or a little relief.

Upcoming Events
Family event - Honolulu Zoo
Come join Jenn to explore the Honolulu Zoo for a few hours. Zoo parking The entrance is on Kapahulu Ave and charges $1.50 per hour. The Waikiki Shell parking lot across the street on Monsarrat Ave has free parking.

When: Saturday, November 16th at
Where: Honolulu Zoo (meet at entrance)
Cost: $4 per adult/$2 per child (3-12), children under 2 are free
Military Family Advisory Committee (MFAC) Meeting

Date: Tuesday, November 19 , 2019
When: 11 am - 2 pm
Where: The Lanai at Mamala Bay, Hickam AFB

Everyone is welcome to observe MFAC meetings at anytime, so please feel free to join us.

December Spouse Coffee

Join other spouses for a monthly coffee time to contact with each other. Children are welcome at coffee mornings.

When: Tuesday, December 10th
Where: TBD (details on Facebook)
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
French Hangout

With the upcoming holidays and many people going back to Canada, the next French Hangouts will take a little break and start again happen in the new year.

Look for details in future newsletters and on Facebook. 
American Thanksgiving - November 28, 2019

Pearl Harbor Day - December 7, 2019

Christmas Day - December 25, 2019

Boxing Day (Canada only) - December 26, 2019

New Years Day - January 1, 2020

MFSUS Virtual Conference - January 27-28, 2020

MFS Programs and Services
Coffee Chat
Missed a program you are interested in? These are all recorded so you can view them at a later date. Click below for recent programs or go to the CAFConnection.ca site for a listing of all programs.

Samples of some recent recordings:
2019 CDLS(W) Healthcare Brief

Healthcare in the US is the most reported issue for OUTCAN families.

CDLS(W) just delivered a new Healthcare Brief on November 13, 2019, providing information to members and to dependents about navigating system here. Even if you've attended a session before, this is a good one to watch as it contains more information and has been updated. In addition, you can find out who is the best person to talk to about different issues that may arise while you are posted in the US.
Physical Health and Wellness


The OUTCAN Physical Fitness Program provides fitness, sports and health services to CAF personnel and their families posted outside of Canada. The Program is funded by Personnel Support Programs (PSP).

Todd Cirka is the OutCan Physical Fitness Program Coordinator.

He can be reached by    EMAIL    or by phone at (613) 852-7059.

Todd has worked with OUTCAN for over 7 years and is passionate about supporting the fitness and health needs of the OUTCAN community.

If you would like to make a health fitness plan, or just connect with Todd please reach out to him.

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Call them for a confidential talk. Available to members and dependents in the US and in Canada.
If they can't help, they know someone who can.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

1-800-268-7708
Online Mental Health Resources


Family Information Line is offering online support via video.
How is it different?

Just like calling or emailing, the Virtual Counselor will provide information, referrals and  emotional support  to military families. While access to the FIL is available 24/7 via phone and email, virtual counselling is scheduled between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET. This allows families to book several sessions at specific times and to request the same counselor for these sessions. Virtual counselling can be accessed by phone or video.

How do I book an FIL session via video? 
Connect with the Family Information Line by phone at 1-800-866-4546 or by email at  FIL@CAFConnection.ca  and request to speak with a Virtual Counselor. The Virtual Counselor will book a session or multiple sessions for you.
Holiday Happenings

MFSUS Virtual Holiday Cards are beginning on December 1!

Participate and Share the Holiday Cheer with other CAF families posted all over the US. Your pictures and holiday greetings will be shared on the MFSUS Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Send your entries to the Virtual Coordinator by clicking the email embedded in the button below:
Assistance for family members in Canada sending you Christmas holiday packages.

There is a program that if you get a package to a Canadian Post office they will mail for free during a certain period of time. CANADA POST'S 14TH ANNUAL MORALE MAIL, A FREE MAIL INITIATIVE, IS AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 10, 2020! THIS INITIATIVE PROUDLY OFFERS FREE POSTAL SERVICES (WITH A TRACKING NUMBER) FOR MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN FORCES ABROAD.​

What: Totally FREE MAIL (With tracking until it reaches Halifax/Victoria/Belleville only)
When: October 16, 2019 Until January 10, 2020
Where: All Canada Post Corporation outlets
How: Family & friends can visit any Canada Post Corporation outlets in Canada and mail your parcels for FREE. CF member’s service number, rank, name, and the deployment unit is required. These packages cannot be insured or tracked and can take a long time to arrive as they are shipped via military planes.

There is no program in the US for sending letters and parcels to Canada. Suggestions to help you during this period are to check out the best way to send parcels through US Post Office (check out flat rate parcels at the US Post Office vs regular post), or alternate ways to send packages through UPS and FedEx. If sending a holiday package to Canada causes you extreme hardship, please contact Jenn .
Base Services
JBPHH Military and Family Support Center . They provide supportive, customer-focused, comprehensive programs that enrich lives, enhance opportunities and empower the individuals and families they serve.

Some programs they offer:

Personal and Family Life Education : parenting, suicide prevention, stress management and anger management.
Volunteer program
Information and referral (community resources)
Personal Financial Management Program
Crisis Response & Counselling Services


Come see the great offerings the Hickam Arts & Crafts Center has to offer. There will be demos, make-n-takes, hot dogs and soda!

Location: 335 Kuntz Ave, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI 96853

Did you know that there are base libraries that are also available to us? Like public libraries, these base libraries have CD S, audiobooks, DVD, video games, online resources, computers with internet, WiFi, copying and fax services and of course books, all in one location. Plus children's programs, children, teen and adult books, monthly events, reading and writing programs and more .

Some also have lending programs for other items, like the Makerspace program at the MCBH base libary on KBay (i.e. craft kits, robotics kits, technology/software like a 3D scanner and a 3D printer, specialty cake pans, go-pros and a lot more.

You can also print and scan documents for free up to a maximum of 20 pages) at the MCBH (KBay) library, while it costs 10 cents a page at JBPHH.
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Check out the offerings, usually free, through Great Life Hawaii on JBPHH and deals on local activities below.
Single? Check out the Liberty programs and spaces at JBPHH, Hickam and at the Wahiawa Annex! There are a lot of different activities happening every month!
Beach equipment rentals and lessons

JBPHH (Hickam), Bellows and White Plains all have rentals available for beach equipment.

Hickam and Bellows also offer various lessons (surf, SUP) at great prices.

Bellows offers camping gear and party rentals as well.
Travel with military flights

The Space A US military program can be accessed by Canadian members and their dependents.

To access these flights, you can sign up on AMC passage and you will have access to flights leaving in the next 72 hours to various destinations (US Mainland, Japan, Korea, Guam etc...) for free. The flights leave from Hickam.
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STAY CONNECTED WITH MFSUS
Jenn Hockey
 
Military Family Services (MFS) Coordinator, Hawaii
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS)
Department of National Defence / Government of Canada

  mfs.hawaii@cfmws.com  / Cell:  808-688-4413

Strength Behind the Uniform / For Families By Families