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MFSUS Spring National Newsletter 2019
MFSUS Message
Spring  time brings posting messages for some, and for others it brings relief knowing you have another year or two at post.

For those of you who are being posted this year, please reach out to your MFSC as they will be able to connect you with some great resources as you get ready to head back to Canada.

Please listen to the recording of the Returning to Canada 2019 prior to moving.

MFSUS would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers across the U.S.
You all have made a huge foot print in the program. Thank you to Canex for supporting the MFSUS Volunteer program.

If you are planning some family time this spring, you will want to check out the family friendly actives in this newsletter.
Spring Calendar
9 Vimy Ridge Day
18 Fort Leonard Wood Missouri PSP Fitness Testing
19 Good Friday
21 Easter Sunday
22 Easter Monday (Canada)
30 NAS Norfolk VA PSP Fitness Testing

12 Mothers Day
14 Fort Meade PSP Fitness Testing
16 Robbins AFB Georgia PSP Fitness Testing
16 Fort McNair Washington DC PSP Fitness Testing
20 Victoria Day (Canada)
21 Tinker Oklahoma PSP Fitness Testing
23 Joint Base Cape Cod Massachusetts PSP Fitness Testing
27 Memorial Day (U.S.)

4 Beale AFB California PSP Fitness Testing
5 Whidbey PSP Fitness Testing
6 Tyndall AFB PSP Fitness Testing
6 Vandenberg PSP Fitness Testing
7 McChord PSP Tacoma Fitness Testing
16 Fathers Day
25 Hawaii PSP Fitness Testing
27 NYC PSP Fitness Testing

04 Independence Day

Month of the Military Child 2019. April is designated   as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas.  
Do You Know A CAF Family Posted To The U.S.A.?
Do have a friend or colleague posted to the US this summer?

Maybe someone who is STILL waiting for that screening/posting message to arrive?

Please SHARE this event!

Tuesday, April 30th 10pm AT, 9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT
Free Family Friendly Activities

From crafts, bowling,geocaching, museums, movies to learning a new language there is something for everyone in your family.
Hosting a Event
Funding for Events in your Community
Are you interested in hosting a Canada party?

There are some funds available for groups of CAF families living in the United States where there is no Military Family Service U.S. (MFSUS) staff on site.

Families may request distribution of these funds by following the Request for Funds Guidelines and Requirements. These funds are to be used to facilitate functions that contribute to the MFS mandate. Proof of function completion and use of funds is required.

What does this mean for you?

You can request funds for an event or activity in your location by reaching out to MFSUS Outreach.

Interested in hosting an event or activity?

You can meet new families, and engage in your local community!

What types of activities could you use the funds for?

  • Canada Day Events
  • Canadian Thanksgiving
  • Employment or Education Support Speakers
  • Christmas Events ...

Simply contact Me!

I will send you the request form for funds to get you started.
Virtual Programs
Virtual Connection

Join in on April 17 as our very own MFSC Michelle Darrell shares some tips on blogging and one of our awesome CAF spouses stationed in California has taken her business from Canada to the U.S. Both ladies will share some tips and best practices.
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!
Safety Plan
Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.
Check out these great Apps for your health and well being.

P ractical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information in some of these Apps make it easier for parents to help their teenagers, too.

Apps for military families is another great resource.

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.
April 24-25

Register here for the 2019 Virtual Military Spouse Symposium.

No matter where you are in your career, this two-day event can help you sharpen the skills you need for your next pursuit.

Write attention-grabbing resumes, ace your interview, get tips for negotiating a salary and much more.
CAF Spouse Contributions Corner
Canadians Enjoying Life in Georgia
Outreach Savannah Geogia
Dr. Catherine Hansen a CAF spouse on an Outcan in Texas is an 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 .
Healthy Living

Paula, one of our very own U.S. OUTCAN spouses, currently residing in Whidbey Island, Washington, is being featured in this month's PSP OPS Fitness Newsletter and on our  cafconnection.ca/unitedstates  home page!

Check out her inspirational story of health and fitness. Congratulations Paula you are an inspiration to all!!

Todd Cirka PSP OUTCAN Physical Fitness Coordinator
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.

See Todd's schedule for when he will be in your location.
Online Mental Health Support
Do you sometimes get up in the morning feeling like this?

Recent stressful experiences make you sad
Transitional issues
Relationship issues
Family issues
Financial Issues
Workplace stress
Health issues
And more...

Talking about your stressors with friends and family can help. But this might not be enough. Talking to a counsellor may be the best option for you. 
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!!