15 episodes

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.

The Military Lifestyle Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC)

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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.

    Promoting Health with Kids

    Promoting Health with Kids

    The military lifestyle can be hard on kids, especially when part of their support system is away. Maintaining good physical and mental health is so important. Let’s examine the factors for good health and some things for you to do to set your military-connected child up for life.
    Special Guest
    Maryse Neilson is Health Promotion Manager at CFB Esquimalt and a member of the MARPAC Health and Wellness Strategy.
    Highlights
    The different kinds of health to consider. 5:11 The factors for good health. Easier to establish good behaviours when a child is young. Recommendations to military families. If you start early, what does it look like? Be creative. Shop together, clean together, garden together. 18:36 Try to promote spontaneous play. Promoting good mental health habits. 23:03 All behaviour is communication. Quotes
    “At a family level, we have to create family patterns and behaviours and structures that promote our health."
    - Maryse Neilson
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    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.

    • 31 min
    Diversity and the Canadian Military: Part Two

    Diversity and the Canadian Military: Part Two

    The Canadian Armed Forces says it must reflect the diversity of the country that we defend, and that we need a military that looks like Canada. Dr. Lisa Gunderson is back for the second part of the discussion on things that military families can do to help embrace diversity and ways to reduce bias. 
    Special Guest
    Dr. Lisa Gunderson is an award-winning educator and frequent guest speaker on racial issues.
    Highlights
    The need to see yourself represented. 7:09 What military families can do to embrace diversity. Ways to reduce bias. 15:39 Important to realize and recognize your own biases. Take little steps, know that you’re going to make a mistake. Quotes
    “Know that you're going to make a mistake, or two or three, and that is fine. Make it, learn from it, say you're sorry, and keep going on.” – Dr. Lisa Gunderson
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    Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the Canadian Armed Forces Canada’s Defence Policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged Harvard Implicit Bias Test Thank you
    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.

    • 27 min
    Diversity and the Canadian Military: Part One

    Diversity and the Canadian Military: Part One

    In Canada's Defence Policy (“Strong, Secure, Engaged”), it says the Canadian Armed Forces must reflect the diversity of the country that we defend, and that we need a military that looks like Canada. You often hear the phrase “stronger together” here in the military family community. If the military wants to reach its goal, families will be a big part of the process. Dr. Lisa Gunderson discusses privilege, bias, and a few things for the military community to consider.
    Special Guest
    Dr. Lisa Gunderson is an award-winning educator and frequent guest speaker on racial issues.
    Highlights
    Privilege and if the Canadian Armed Forces is a privileged institution. 9:48 Implicit bias. Examples of bias in a military setting. 16:01 A perfect example of implicit bias. Some things for the military community to consider. 26:03 Culture change is absolutely possible. Quotes
    "Having these kind of conversations with people that's going to support the Canadian Armed Forces larger goal. But it relies on all of us having conversations about these things to kind of make it a reality."
    -Dr. Lisa Gunderson
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    Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the Canadian Armed Forces Canada’s Defence Policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged One Love Consulting Thank you
    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.

    • 31 min
    Looking for Child Care in Greater Victoria

    Looking for Child Care in Greater Victoria

    It can be a challenge to find child care in Greater Victoria. If you're a military family, you also have to find care that matches the lifestyle requirements. Lisa Yates and Erin Holler from the Child Care Resource and Referral talk about where to start and their perspective on this challenging issue.
    Special Guests
    Lisa Yates and Erin Holler work with the Child Care Resource and Referral. They have two office included one in Victoria and one serving Sooke and the West Shore. 
    Highlights
    Licensed group, licensed family and registered licensed not required. 4:03 The state of waitlists in Greater Victoria. Need to sign up well in advance. Know the temperament of your child and find a fit. Need to followup with daycares. Need to be creative if you need care with early openings, late closings, evening care. 14:22 What you need to be a child care provider in your home. The cost of child care plus ways to bring down the cost. 23:07 Recommendations to military families in the area. Quotes
    “Be open to trying different type of care. Visit a lot of different places and you'll know it when you when you get there, it'll feel right for you."
    - Erin Holler, Child Care Resource and Referral
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    Child Care Resource and Referral Thank you
    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.

    • 26 min
    Kim Mills from She is Fierce

    Kim Mills from She is Fierce

    Kim Mills is a writer that has been living the military lifestyle for close to 20 years. Through her writing or storytelling and sharing her personal experiences, military families everywhere have connected to her work at She is Fierce. In this episode of The Military Lifestyle, she speaks about deployments, anxiety and what she has learned from living the lifestyle.
    Special Guest
    Kim Mills is a writer and military family member living in Edmonton, Alberta. She is well known in the Canadian military community for her storytelling and is a frequent guest speaker at events hosted by Military Family Resource Centres. She is also the author of the Way Home series of books.
    Highlights
    Advice for a new military spouse/partner. Important to ask questions of your partner. For deployments, you take everything with a grain of salt. 6:51 What has helped her deal with anxiety. 14:32 How to live with the risk that comes with the lifestyle. Social media and the high level of connectedness. 20:20 The great parts of the lifestyle. Really need to put effort into the lifestyle to be successful. Quotes
    “I couldn't have made it this far without, you know, building into my community and doing so took real effort.”
    - Kim Mills, She is Fierce
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    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.

    • 24 min
    The Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman

    The Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman

    The military is a complex system. There are a lot of policies that govern the way it operates and that system can be complex for even the most experienced person. If you ever feel like the system's failed you, that you've got a complaint and think you've been treated unfairly, there's a formal way to move forward with help from the office of the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman.
    Special Guest
    Greg Lick has been the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman since 2018. His previous work experience includes the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. 
    Highlights
    The role of the Ombudsman in three parts. 6:53 Most popular way to contact office is by phone. Walking through the process from the initial contact. 13:02 Issues they see on a daily basis. Ombudsman view of important family issues for military families. 18:42 Healthcare availability is the biggest issue right now. Upcoming initiatives at the Office of the Ombudsman.
    Quotes
    “You always get to talk to a live person when you phone us. And even if you leave a message will always call you back. We have very clear service standards, which actually make sure that we do call you back that live voice is really important where somebody has a complaint because most people when they have a complaint, they want to be heard.”
    – Greg Lick, CAF Ombudsman 
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    This podcast is made possible by funding from True Patriot Love Foundation. Thank you to Organized Sound Productions for their help bringing this podcast to life.  

    • 23 min

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