Deployment

Deployment, Departures & Reunions  

Deployment and separation is one of the greatest challenges military families endure. 8 Wing is a busy base and family separation is very common. Here at the MFRC, we are ready to support you during this time. 

If your partner is away for duty purposes such as training, small missions, IR or deployments - you have our support regardless of the length of time you are separated. 

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 Deployment Coordinator offers support, programming, and resources to parents and families of regular and reserve force members who are experiencing military-related separation. Some of the services offered are Take Heart: Navigating Deployment While Apart Support Group, YouTube informational videos, warm calls, individualized virtual and in person support, youth programming in partnership with SNIP and Youth Resiliency, morale mail program and more.

For more information, please contact:

  • deployments@trentonmfrc.ca

Support Services Available 

Family Information Line 

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

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!

For more information please contact Rabia Stobbart:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4935

 
Road To Mental Readiness (R2MR)


Be prepared for your next deployment!
This is a workshop designed for military families to better understand the challenges and stressors that often come with deployments and separation.
You’ll learn how to support your mental health during a deployment through goal setting, relaxation strategies, visualization, and self-talk. For more information on upcoming courses, please email deployments@trentonmfrc.ca 

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

This service is intended to help the children’s caregiver to receive a “break” of their choice - whether is be to rest, visit friends or grocery shop. We do not reimburse childcare for employment purposes. 
Two options: 

  • up to $100/month
  • your own provider
  • signed release of liability
  • in your own home
  • pay provider up front and submit receipts at month end

For more information, please contact:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4935
  • deployments@trentonmfrc.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 or Rabia Stobbart.

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4935
  • rabia.s@trentonmfrc.ca/kendra.b@trentonmfrc.ca

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