MFRC-NCR hosts the Big Welcome this October

The National Capital Military Family Resource Centre is hosting one of the most anticipated events for Canadian Armed Forces families across the National Capital Region next month. The Big Welcome offers an opportunity for military families to explore all the services and activities available to them.

Karen Lebop, a former attendee, praised last year’s Big Welcome event saying “Attending the MFRC NCR Big Welcome gave my family a head-start when discovering what was available in Ottawa when we were posted.” Melanie Hornwell added, “The insightful tips we discovered by attending the Big Welcome gave us a level of comfort when coming to this new city.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about many different specialized services available to them, including:

  • Operational Deployment Support
  • Special Needs Support Services
  • Psychosocial Counselling
  • Youth Odyssey Peer Development
  • Pre-Teen Brain Train Literacy & Respite Services
  • Orphan Patient Placement
  • Early Years Programs
  • Military Youth Council
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Virtual Food Banks.

The MFRC NRC’s Big Welcome is an opportunity for families to get a head start when discovering what was available for military families in the National Capital Area.

This year, military families can expect more community partners, booths, and activities for attendees to enjoy, including:

  • PSP
  • Cadets
  • the Military Wives Choir
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
  • St-John’s Ambulance.

There will also be museum access, scavenger hunts, and games for young children in attendance.

The MFRC NCR team will be present at the event and welcome any questions about the services available.

The Big Welcome is being held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 at the Aviation and Space Museum.

It is free to attend for all military families.

With recurring relocations, separations, and higher levels of risk that come with being part of the CAF, military families often face unique challenges while their loved ones train and serve around the world.

Military Family Resource Centres across Canada were established in order to help members of the Canadian Armed Forces achieve operational readiness by supporting and enriching the experience for their families.

For more information visit the MFRC NCR website here.


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Ambar Syed

Born and raised in London, England, Ambar moved to Canada in 2017 after marrying her husband in the CAF. She has always loved writing and started her blog, Her Little Loves, in 2015 while studying for her B.A. (Hons) in English. Ambar is excited to write for CMFMAG and contribute towards the military family community.

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