Deployment Workshops

The H&R MFRC has a number of workshops, events, activities for families to participate in. Workshops, events and activities are usually at no cost (some exceptions) and child care is usually available. To register for any of these workshops, events or activities call the 24/7 number 902-427-7788.

Family Network

Various Locations

Consisting of family members and friends of deployed CF members, networks are set up at the beginning of a deployment for family members to share information, make new supportive friends and organize special events and outings. Childcare is available for network meetings and many social events. Family network is introduced prior to the deployment during the pre-deployment briefing for family members. One family members provide their email address to receive communications from the H&R MFRC they will receive invitations to attend future network meetings and activities taking place during the deployment.

CO (Commanding Officer) Briefing

Halifax Site

During naval deployments, deployment services coordinates Commanding Officer’s briefings through video and telephone systems if the theatre of operations permits. Families from the deployed ship meet at the MFRC and receive monthly live updates on the ship’s activities and information from the Command team.

Warm Line Call

The H&R MFRC makes every effort to try and reach all families at least once during a deployment to let you know about the activities and services available. In order to keep your family informed, supported and connected we need your up to date contact information. A warm line caller will contact you at the beginning of the deployment to check in with you. Please keep your contact information up to date.

Away Café

Various Locations

Families who are experiencing a short-term deployment (for example during two week exercises or a three month operation) or a work related separation due to IR or courses are invited to join Away Café to enjoy meeting other families members, share conversations and have discussion with a tea/coffee. Child care is usually available.

Family Readiness Briefing

Many military families would agree that their loved one’s departure is the most challenging part of the deployment process and it may take some time and patience for life to settle back down again. Like other phases of the deployment cycle, the pre-deployment phase has unique stressors. Please join us for our R2MR (Road to Mental Readiness) Workshop. This R2MR workshop is similar to what your loved one will be receiving prior to departure and it is here that you will both gain the same language and tools for managing familial stress and challenges associated with deployment. Our workshop will also provide personal and external resources to foster mental health and well-being in the family.

They’re Coming Back

Many military families would agree that homecoming is the best part of the deployment process; however it may take some time and patience for life to settle back down again. Like other phases of the deployment cycle, the reunion phase has unique stressors. The R2MR (Road to Mental Readiness) workshop is similar to what your loved one will be receiving prior to homecoming and it is here that you will both gain the same language and tools for understanding the stress, joys, and challenges of reunion. Our workshop will cover all of these elements and provide you with resources and helpful practices on how you can share your feelings and have open and honest communication with your loved one prior to and during your reunion.