January 2018
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Departing This Year?
Click HERE for the CDLS(W) Departure Book.

Your MFS Coordinator can connect you to personalized support and information at your receiving MFRC. Just email or go to to find your new location and great resources!

Click HERE to access the amazing resource "ABC's of Military Postings". This was developed by The National Defense and Canadian Forces Ombudsman's in response to complaints from Members about the move process.
Camp Maple Leaf!
Camp Maple Leaf
is a
Traditional, 5 Night, Sleepover,
Island Camp in the Kawartha Lakes
Children of Military Families
(Both Serving and Those Who Have Served.)

With our voluntary fee structure it is affordable for ALL FAMILIES.
1)   Funding is available through Support Our Troops to those who qualify.
2)   There is Funding available through Camp Maple Leaf Directly.
 (This is a voluntary payment structure where families choose the amount they feel they are able to pay to send their child to camp: whether it’s the minimum $125.00 deposit up to the full fee of $825.00)
We’d love to hear from you:
Kim Smith, Executive Director             April Young, Camp Director          

*Busing provided from Ottawa, Kingston, Trenton, Petawawa, and Borden.
Upcoming Community Programs and Events
January 16: Seminar on Taxes, Investment and Employment in the USA
Have questions about TAXES!!!!! On January 16th at 10am, the Embassy of Canada is organizing a Seminar on Taxes, Investment and Employment in the USA, provided free of charge for Government of Canada employees and their dependents.
The presenter is Rick Ward, Member of National Association of Enrolled Agents and National Association of Tax Professionals. Mr. Ward established his company, Embassy Tax Services LLC, in November 2011 after having worked for 38 years with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). During his time with the IRS, Mr. Ward worked with international taxation issues in Washington, DC, and also served as the IRS Deputy Tax Attaché in Tokyo, Japan, for eight years.
Mr. Ward provides specialized tax assistance for employees of foreign embassies, consulates and international organizations.

This is your opportunity to come and learn about federal and state tax filing, tax treaties, Social Security taxes, reporting investments, lottery winnings, etc.
Please forward this invite to your spouse and dependents that may be working or interested to work on the local market.

Send us your questions to! We encourage you to send questions you may have ahead of time. This will allow the presenters to have time to gather information and documentation as required. We will accept advance questions until Friday, January 12th.
January 17: Newcomers Reconnect!
Did you arrive this last posting season? Now that you're settling in, MFS and our volunteers want to check in with you, and see how life is here in the US! We would like to discuss your transition, and your advice on how we can support families better this coming posting season.

Checking In With Newcomers

Date: January 17th
Time: 7:30 ET

January 21: Potluck, Guest Speaker & Kid's Movie Night
Michelle is hosting a potluck at her home in Arlington! Bring some food to share, bring your kids for a movie night, and listen to guest speaker Erin Henshaw talk about "The Whole Brain Parent" - scientific methods to connect to your child. Find out more about Erin here:

When: Sunday January 21, 2017, 4pm arrival. Erin's talk starts at 4:15pm.
Where: Michelle's home in Arlington (I'll send the address upon registration).
January 23: Volunteer or Just Come and Check Out Our MFS Advisory Committee Meeting!
Interested in what your Advisory Committee is all about? Want to get involved, get social, volunteer, or just see what we do? Our meeting will be taking place in Arlington at 7:15pm. For more details email
Date tbd: Youth Bowling Event
Just for the kids! Organized by our youth volunteers, come out for food, friendship and a little bowling!

When: Last weekend of January (date and time TBD)
Where: Fort Myer Bowling Alley
MFSUS Virtual Programs Winter 2018
Mark your calendars now for our upcoming online programs in the New Year! We have three exciting, guest speakers bringing us valuable information! 

January 9 at 1:30pm: 5 Key Steps to Strengthen Your Finances
And Create Better Options For Your Family
 With Financial Literacy Educator, Author, and Speaker Doris Belland
Need to better understand how to strengthen your finances, protect yourself, and create better options for your family?
Come learn how to rock your finances!

January 24 at 2pm: Emotional First Aid
With Licensed Social Worker Megan Read
Looking for tools to help increase resiliency and self esteem to minimize the impact of “everyday hurts” to your emotional wellbeing? This is a one hour course you should check out!

And watch social media , online meeting calendar and newsletters for more info and to register for these upcoming, two, 3-part series:

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst Lindsay Drennan will be sharing:
Behaviour Issues In Young Children: What I can control!
February 2018

Eating Habits in Young Children:
How to get my child to eat something other than pasta!
March 2018
Monday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 9am - 3:00pm

Cell: 253-737-8714