Military Family Services (MFS) Program celebrates 25 years of meeting the unique demands of military members and their families on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces this week. Established in 1991, MFS is built by families for families and uses a family-based approach to service delivery.
“Military families play a critical role in supporting the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces, and we recognize the sacrifices they make alongside our soldiers, sailors and air personnel. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank all those who provide front-line support to military families, through the Military Family Services Program. The 25th anniversary of the program is an opportune time to reiterate our commitment to military families and the crucial role they play as enablers of the operational success of our Canadian Armed Forces,” stated Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan.
MFS works in partnership with Military Family Resource Centres across the country, and Military Family Services outside Canada. Recognizing that military families are at the heart of a modern, professional military force, Canada’s support to military families has evolved over the years to meet their unique needs.
“We know from personal experience as Canadian Armed Forces members how crucial it is to have the support of our families. Just as our families look after us, we need to take care of them. For more than 25 years the Military Family Services Program has done just that – providing effective, responsive support to our families,” stated Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.
A series of week-long events will be held in Ottawa and until the end of the year at Military Family Resource Centres and MFS outside Canada to commemorate the anniversary.
The MFS Program also maintains a 24/7 Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.
To learn more about MFS visit their website.
Featured image: Major Drew Willis, a member from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, returning from Op PROVISION is reunited with his family Alexander (left), Madelyn (right) and Victoria (far right) at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, January 12, 2016. Photo credit: MCpl Robert LeBlanc, 5th Cdn Div Public Affairs CAF Imagery Number: AX01-2016-0002-03 2016 DND-MND Canada