Deployment

Deployment, Departures & Reunions  

When the military member is away...

Are you receiving the support you need during your partner’s absence?

Learn about our Deployment Services. We will discuss the roller coaster of deployment and its effect on families. If your spouse has been away often, come and share your knowledge and experience with others.

Throughout their careers, Canadian Forces personnel are required to serve time away from their families for a variety of reasons for varying lengths of time. The term "deployment" usually brings to mind images of Peacekeeping, although military personnel are deployed at other times as well – for operations and exercises, both domestic and abroad, and for extended periods of temporary duty associated with military courses.

The MFRC recognizes the significant physical and emotional demands placed on military families as a result of deployment or extended duty, and together with 8 Wing and national military authorities, provide a number of services designed to assist those who are coping with separation for whatever reason.   

October Deployment Department Calendar

Warm Line

The Warm Line Program is a confidential phone service offered to families who have a loved one currently away due to military duty. Trained and caring warm line volunteers who understand the military lifestyle and it’s ups and downs are ready to lend a compassionate ear. Whether you are looking for specific services or just need someone to talk to our volunteers are here to help!

Operation Impact update for friends and family!

Joint Task Force-Iraq Chief Warrant Officer Bouffard and Brigadier-General Keiver will be providing a monthly letter to friends and family who have loved ones currently deployed through OP IMPACT. Keep an eye out on this page for an update on what our CAF members have been up to!

July Letter | August Letter

For more information or to register for the service please contact Sabrina Provencal.

For more information please contact Sabrina Provençal:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582
  • sabrina.p@trentonmfrc.ca

Support Services Available 

Deployment Support Area

Deployment information, bulletin board, packaging table with supplies.

Deployment Information Package

Includes: A Family Guide to the Military Experience, with useful base and community resource information, and collected articles regarding deployment.

Family Information Line 

1-800-866-4546. Toll free, bilingual telephone service serving the families and loved ones of CAF personnel.

Warm Line

A confidential telephone service provided by volunteers to ensure that partners of military members remain connected to base resources and community services during deployment, extended duty and/or training.

Administrative Support

Available at the MFRC: Mail drop off, fax machine, computer & printer, internet access.

Deployment Cycle Workshops

Pre deployment, post deployment, emotional cycle of deployment, reunion, reintegration, critical incident stress, effects of deployment on children.

Family Care Plan 

Your Family Care Plan is designed to ensure that you have a plan in place to care for your family in the event of an emergency callout, planned deployment or unforeseen situation.

Emergency Child Care Services

Assistance in finding emergency childcare and completing your family care plan. Limited funding available for emergency situations and up to 72 hours respite care during deployments.

Deployment Respite

A respite break may be available to you in the event your partner is away on deployment or training. Please contact Kendra Bickford for further details and approval:

  •  (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582

Support Groups 

Spouse's Support Group
“Partner’s Away”, every Wednesday evening. This program runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with numerous activities and guest speakers. The last Wednesday of the month is a "potluck" dinner. 

Child care will be available but please reserve ahead so we have enough caregivers for your children. Reserve by Mondays at noon. Please call Kendra Bickford: 613-392-2811 ext. 4582.

What about Me

What about Me is a deployment support group for children age 6 to 11 that runs every Wednesdays night from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This program offers support to children who are or who will be experiencing separation from a loved one due to the military lifestyle providing, them with fun hands on activities to develop coping skills.  Some of the activities that we do are flat me’s, relaxation, hug pillows and memory boxes. It is not mandatory for children to attend every session but they must pre-register by Monday at Noon by calling (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582.

Operational Stress Injury Social Support

OSISS Family Support Group the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. 

For more information contact Dee Leroy (Family Peer Support Coordinator)

For anyone who has a loved one suffering from an OSI please visit: www.osiss.ca

Deployment Resources

Information is key to the successful navigation of an extended absence. A compilation of helpful on-line and published resources is listed below.

Pre-Deployment

Online Resources

Publications

During Deployment

On-line Resources

During Deployment

Online Resources

Children & Youth

Online Resources

Publications


Other Services

Postal Information 

8 Wing Trenton Military family members can send “care packages” to loved ones overseas.

The free mail service should not be used if the member is due to return to Canada within four weeks of mailing date. Items cannot be traced using this service and delivery times are varied and not guaranteed. Morale Mail Service is not recommended for sending personal property or items of any significant value.

No Charitable donations and/or humanitarian aid is permitted to be sent through this service (in accordance with policy issued by the VCDS).

More instructions for mailing overseas and all other Canadian Overseas shipping addresses can be found at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/write-to-the-troops/mailing-instructions.page

Drop Off Location
Families may drop off their morale mail to the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (the Base Post Office picks up mail/parcels every Tuesday and Thursday).
Location: 50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton, ON
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Canadian Forces Morale Mail Guidelines from Canada to Theatre
The Morale Mail service provides families and friends with Canada a cost-free alternative to using Canada Post to send care packages to those serving at a CAF deployed operation. A Canada Post International Air/Surface Shipping Label must be completed and attached to the respective parcel, and a detail list of contents must be inscribed in the bottom left-hand corner of the parcel to include quantity, description, weight (if known), and value. Parcels without the proper customs documentation /labels will take additional time to be processed and may be refused. Note: senders are encouraged to place their address and phone number on the top left corner of the parcel thus enabling the CF Postal Service to contact them should there be address or content concerns.

Eligibility
Families and friends within Canada may send letters and parcels to Canadian Forces members, DND employees, CAFPSA personnel, and CAF Contractors.

Delivery Time Frame
Because Morale Mail is often sent only once weekly from locations across Canada, it may take up to 28 days or longer from the time of mailing to delivery to the addressee in Theatre.

Size Requirements
The following are specific guidelines for this service (Note: oversize and overweight parcels will not be accepted):
Weight: Maximum 20 kg (Approx 44 lbs)
Size: Two conditions must be met regarding size: maximum length is one meter (Approx 39’); the maximum length plus girth is two meters (Approx 79”)

Prohibited Items

No article may be sent by mail if their nature or packaging may expose postal employees to hazards, or damage other items of mail. Mailing the following items is strictly prohibited by Canada Post and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF):

  • alcohol, beer and wine
  • tobacco products, cigarettes and cigars
  • weapons, including replicas Knives
  • explosives, radioactive materials or ammunition including inert ammunition
  • matches
  • flammable liquids or solids
  • compressed gas, aerosol cans (i.e. shaving cream, air fresheners, etc.)
  • cigarette lighters
  • corrosive fluids
  • obscene magazines or pictures
  • drugs
  • perishable items
  • Lithium Batteries (unless mounted in a device)

Additional mailing prohibitions may be placed on parcel contents by the Host Country. It is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with the prohibitions listed above and host Country prohibitions for mail. A list of Host Country restrictions can be found at www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGintdest-e.asp .

Example of parcel/letter done properly and ready to send:

Return Address (top left corner)

Name + Phone Number (top left corner)

Deployed Member's Rank/Initials/Name

Unit/Section

Operation Name + Location

PO Box # STN FORCES
Belleville, ON, K8N 5W6

List of Contents + Monetary Value

Addresses for overseas operations

OP IMPACT – Kuwait
RANK, INITIALS, NAME UNIT/SECTION
OP IMPACT (KUWAIT)
PO BOX 5006 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP IMPACT – Baghdad, Iraq
RANK, INITIALS, NAME
UNIT/SECTION
OP IMPACT (BAGHDAD)
PO BOX 5304 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP IMPACT – Jordan
RANK, FIRST NAME, LAST NAME
OP IMPACT (JORDAN)
PO BOX 5242 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP CALUMET Sinai, Egypt
RANK/INITIALS/NAME
UNIT/SECTON
CCMFO
PO BOX 5237 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP HAMLET – Haiti
RANK/INITIALS/NAME
UNIT/SECTION
OP HAMLET
PO BOX 5250 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

CFS ALERT – Alert, Nunavut
RANK/INITIALS/NAME
UNIT/SECTION
CFS ALERT
PO BOX 5210 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP REASSURANCE – Latvia
RANK, INITIALS, NAME
SECTION/UNIT
OP REASSURANCE (eFP LATVIA)
PO BOX 5004 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP REASSURANCE – Romania
RANK / INITIALS / NAME 
SECTION / NAME
OP REASSURANCE (Romania)
PO BOX 5200 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

OP ADDENDA – Kabul, Afghanistan
RANK/INITIALS/NAME
UNIT/SECTION
OP ADDENDA (Kabul)
PO BOX 5231 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE, ON K8N 5W6

OP UNIFIER – Ukraine
INITIALES /NOM 
OPÉRATION UNIFIER (Ukraine)
CP 5214 SUCC FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Children's Support Program

The official flower of the military child is the Dandelion.

The children’s deployment support program offers support to children and their parents who may be experiencing challenges due to the military lifestyle. This support is offered in one on one sessions or in groups for both parents and children. Topics that are range from coping with separation due to deployment or training, adjusting to moves, parenting and building resiliency skills in children.

We are available to meet with you and your family before a deployment to ensure that you have a plan in place to stay connected as a family and to adjust to any changes that may occur.

If you are getting ready to deploy or are going away on training please do not hesitate to contact Kendra Bickford:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582
  • kendra.b@trentonmfrc.ca

What about Me:

What about Me is a deployment support group for children age 6 to 11 that runs every Wednesdays night from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This program offers support to children who are or who will be experiencing separation from a loved one due to the military lifestyle providing, them with fun hands on activities to develop coping skills.  Some of the activities that we do are flat me’s, relaxation, hug pillows and memory boxes. It is not mandatory for children to attend every session but they must pre-register by Monday at Noon by calling (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582.

Deployment Library

Surviving Deployment: A guide for military families

by Karen M Pavlicin

Learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to personally grow as individuals and families. Your survival gear will range from a sturdy toilet plunger to the fine art of letter writing. You’ll manage financial changes, help children express their feelings, and discover a renewed appreciation for everyday life. Solid information. Practical checklists. Personal stories from hundreds of families. Awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for best reference book.

Life After Deployment: Military families share reunion stories and advice

by Karen M Pavlicin

Life after Deployment captures the tender and moving stories of military families during their reunion. Service members and their spouses, parents, fiancées, and children share the joy and anxiety of homecoming, the adjustments of living together again, and how they coped with anger, depression, PTSD, injuries, grief, and other challenges. Some families had fairytale endings. Most worked hard to rebuild their relationships after much time and change. A few suffered great losses. These military families talk candidly about what their experience was really like, offering hope and advice to others who walk this journey. Awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for best reference book.

A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope, and love

by Jessica Redmond

Six Army wives struggle to make it through their husbands’ 15-month deployment to Iraq in this true story by Jessica Redmond. A young lieutenant’s wife comes dangerously close to alcoholism. Marriages are pushed to the breaking point by the constant strain of the long months apart. Each morning the women anxiously scan the headlines, wondering if they still have a husband, if their children still have a father. Some form friendships that become their lifeline. Others somehow find courage despite their isolation.

I’m already Home Again

by Elaine Gray Dumler

A book designed to help families find unique and wonderful ways to stay connected and in constant communication when they are apart. This is a practical guide to fun and in expensive ways to stay in touch while on assignment or deployment.

The Unexpected War

by Janice Gross SteIn and Eugene Lang

The unexpected War is a riveting story about how Canada slipped into war with mounting casualties and grim battles in Kandahar. It tells the story of how Canada's leaders chose to send soldiers to Afghanistan and the politics behind these decisions. “it reads like a whodunit. From the players, the private conversations, and the presumptuous bravado in the Canadian and American corridors of power, this is the inside story” Sally Armstrong

Fifteen Days

by Christie Blatchford

This is a very informative and emotional book to read, not one to tackle when a family member is deployed. Christie Blatchford has an ability to connect with her readers and subjects. She won the respect and trust of the soldiers, gained over the course of several trips to Afghanistan and hundreds of hours of interviews. The soldiers share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve, their willingness to confront fear and danger in the battlefield, their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own. Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty first century.

In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

by Greg Mortneson and David Oliver Relin

Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the third-world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world—one school at a time.

Deployment Library for Kids   

My Red Balloon

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A boy takes his red balloon to greet his Navy dad, who has been away at sea for months.

The Wishing Tree

by Mary Redman, Illustrated by Christina Rodriguez

Amanda understands her dad is making the world a better place, but it doesn’t make his deployment any easier. After mulling over ways she can support her dad, Amanda creates a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches. As Amanda wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope. Includes information about wishing trees.

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