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MFSUS Summer National Newsletter 2018
MFSUS Message
Summer, Warm Weather, Travel, New Friends...
MFSUS would like to wish all our CAF families returning back to Canada this year, a safe journey home. As you return you arrive with lots of memories and new friendships you met abroad, and you embark on a new journey in Canada.

Thank you for your service.

Before you leave the U.S. can you please fill out a short survey so that we can continue to grow our services.

For those that are staying for another year we want to hear from you as well.

Please reach out here with any comments so that we can help support you on achieving your goals Outcan.

Wishing you all a very Happy Canada Day, and a successful summer!
Summer Calendar

June - National Health and Fitness
17 Fathers Day

July - Canada Day and Canadian History

August- Family Fun Month

It's That Time of Year Again...
How are you celebrating Canada Day this year? Getting together and connecting with families in your community and sharing what it is like to be Canadian is a way we can share our Canadian roots with our friends in the United States.
Kids Bowl Free Canada and the U.S.
Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.
Virtual Programs
Check out our 2 guest speakers for this summers' series!

Join us for these interactive, online meetings, from the comfort of your home computer, smart phone or tablet.

July 1 7 - Family History as a Hobby: Tips and Tools 
Start tracking your genealogy!
August 9 - Children & Anxiety
Just in time for the new school year!
Learn how to help your children deal with their anxiety
in a healthy and productive way!
Recorded sessions are always available on our cafconnection.ca website!

Looking for some additional resources?

Want to explore topics relevant to your posting to the US like employment?

You are in luck!  

Over the last few years, a whole range of fantastic webex sessions have been recorded, and they are available for you to listen to!

Check them out and happy listening!
Rosetta Stone Licenses

You can learn French, English, or Spanish while in the U.S.

Simply contact Joanna!

She will send you the registration paperwork required to get started.
CAF Spouse Contributions Corner
One of our Outreach families has taken to writing a blog while she is posted to California. Something that was completely new has turned into a connection that has helped her thrive.
Dr. Catherine Hansen a CAF spouse on a Outcan in Texas is a obstetrician, gynecologist, speaker,wellness leader, and educator she hosts a global, on-line, ongoing community of like-minded, health conscious women called The Empowered Women’s Circle. Check it out!
If you are a CAF Spouse or dependent posted in the U.S. with a blog, podcast, webpage or other resource you would like to share, please CONTACT TAMMY .
Camping this summer
If you and your family are looking for adventure in the great outdoors- camping, fishing, horseback riding, boating, swimming or just lounging on a beach, T he Best Kept Secrets Joint Camp Grounds and Facilities book might be just want you are looking for.

The camping app lets you find US Military Campgrounds and RV Parks (Family Camps) in the USA with or without internet. Extensive map filters let you view only what you want to see.
Traveling to Europe?
Check out the Military Family Services Europe (MFSE) quarterly newsletter.

Grand Prize (1)
7 day/6 night trip for 4 people to Canada’s West Coast
16 Bi-Weekly Prizes includes: A Parks Canada merchandise prize package, including a $100 gift card
$100 MEC gift card, $100 CIBC prepaid VISA card, Parks Canada Discovery Pass.
Contest Period ends on September 30, 2018.

Contest starts at 12:00 p.m., noon, Eastern Time on February 12, 2018, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2018 (the “Contest Period”). 7 day/6 night trip for 4 people to Canada’s West Coast  

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. 
Scholarships and Bursaries
Wondering what Scholarships are available to you and your family, and how do you apply? Check out the Scholarships and Bursaries that are out there as well as a recording about how to access them. There are millions of dollars out there!
Healthy Living
'Eating these foods could provide bedtime benefits'
by: Leslie Beck
Todd Cirka PSP OUTCAN Physical Fitness Coordinator
Mounting evidence suggests that what you eat - and what you don't eat - affects the time it takes to fall asleep when you go to bed and the amount of time you spend in deep, restorative sleep. (Restorative sleep revitalizes biological processes that keep the body and mind healthy and properly functioning.)

To read more, check out the the healthy living article for the month of June and see the exercise that is recommended for this month.
Online Mental Health Support
Family Information Line is offering online support via video how is it different?
Just like calling or emailing, the Virtual Counsellor will provide information, referral and  emotional support  to military families. While access to 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 counsellor 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 Counsellor. The Virtual Counsellor will book a session or multiple sessions for you.
Canadians Celebrating 4 th of July in the United States
The MFSC for Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) is sharing why it is so important to be part of an event in celebrating Canada Day in the United States. Read the article to find out why.
Your "Go to" Resource
If you and your family have any ideas, questions, or comments that you would like to share   with the MFSUS Team, please forward them to  OUTREACH . We want to hear from YOU!!