The Military Lifestyle

The Military Lifestyle

If you are in the Canadian Armed Forces or a family member connected to the military, the lifestyle can be a challenge. CFB Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) explores deployments, postings, transitions and more through interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members and military-connected family members. There should be no concern about rank or trade, or finding the time to get through the doors at the MFRC. The goal is to meet you where you live and to help you prepare and get a plan in place so that you can master the military lifestyle.

Episodes

November 4, 2020 28 mins

You never know where life will take you. For Bruno Guevremont, it took him into the Canadian Armed Forces for 15 years, including two tours in Afghanistan. It also took him on a battle with his own mental health, one where he got help, and is now helping others.

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Bruno Guevremont was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 15 years including time in the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Navy. In addition to being ...

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Food can do many things, it fuels us up, keeps us going, brings friends and family together. A healthy diet, so many positive effects on our lives. But during times of stress, it can be hard to keep the motivation. 

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Alli Jones is a health promotion specialist at CFB Esquimalt.

Highlights

  • Canada's new food guide looks way different.
  • Micro and macro nutrients.
  • 7:13 MUFAs and PUFAs.
  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • A few goo...
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Now, some believe if you work harder, you'll be more successful. If you're more successful, then you'll be happier. Maybe not that simple. Living in the military lifestyle can be a handful, but wouldn't it be great to feel more productive living the life.

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Sarah Francescutti is mindset coach with Exhale and Thrive Coaching.  A former military member, she also works at CFB Esquimalt's Transition Centre.

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October 14, 2020 25 mins

Relationships are great, but they're not always easy. Got to make time for each other, got to communicate. If you're in a relationship with a military member, in the context of the lifestyle, it's just more complex. This episode explores what you need for a healthy relationship and some things to watch out for.

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Holly Flower is a social worker and counsellor with the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre.

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October 7, 2020 31 mins

Trauma. Postal Traumatic Stress Disorder. Those words might spark a reaction in you.  Imagine being able to change the culture around trauma and PTSD. Imagine when people seek treatment, it feels the same way as recovering from any other injury.   

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Dr. Tim Black is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria. He has been working with the Canadian military and Veteran community for ov...

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September 30, 2020 20 mins

Military postings can be as easy as ABC, but there's still a lot to think about a lot of fine details. So let's explore what to do before you get your posting message, after you receive it, then after your move.

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A former military member, Carole Lajoie is the Director of Education and Collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman's office in Ottawa, Ontario.

Highlights

  • Updating your budget
  • 2:54 Important ...
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September 23, 2020 26 mins

Mindfulness is everywhere nowadays. Schools, companies, smartphone apps, even the military. Mindfulness has gone mainstream. For some it's a buzzword, big business, a product. If you strip away all the packaging, what exactly is it? And how can you apply it to military life?

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Patricia Galaczy is the Founder and Director of The Art of Dialogue, Associate Faculty with Royal Roads University, and Associate Faculty with th...

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September 16, 2020 29 mins

For couples experiencing a military deployment, a homecoming isn't always like the movies.  Reintegration can be a challenge.  Let's take a look at what people are feeling and a few tips to have a smooth reunion.     

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Sandra Pinard is the Deployment Coordinator at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre. She previously appeared on a previous episode to talk about preparing couples for deployment.

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Back with more episodes starting Wednesday September 16th, 2020. The military is not just a job, it's a lifestyle. Join Jon Chabun from the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre as he explores the world of deployments, postings and transitions. Each episode will feature interviews with MFRC staff, experts in the community, military members, veterans or military-connected family members. The lifestyle can be dynamic and all enco...

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May 11, 2020 30 mins

Military Families learn to be resilient through living the military lifestyle. A pandemic might be the perfect time to lean in on those skills. Let's examine how life has changed and what can help military families through this experience.

Special Guest
Pauline Sibbald is a social worker with the Transition Centre at CFB Esquimalt.   

Highlights

  • 2:28 Lives have been turned upside down and Covid-19 as a significant life alterin...
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February 26, 2020 31 mins

The military lifestyle can be hard on kids, especially when part of their support system is away. Maintaining good physical and mental health is so important. Let’s examine the factors for good health and some things for you to do to set your military-connected child up for life.

Special Guest
Maryse Neilson is Health Promotion Manager at CFB Esquimalt and a member of the MARPAC Health and Wellness Strategy.

Highlights

  • The dif...
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The Canadian Armed Forces says it must reflect the diversity of the country that we defend, and that we need a military that looks like Canada. Dr. Lisa Gunderson is back for the second part of the discussion on things that military families can do to help embrace diversity and ways to reduce bias. 

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Dr. Lisa Gunderson is an award-winning educator and frequent guest speaker on racial issues.

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  • The need to...
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In Canada's Defence Policy (“Strong, Secure, Engaged”), it says the Canadian Armed Forces must reflect the diversity of the country that we defend, and that we need a military that looks like Canada. You often hear the phrase “stronger together” here in the military family community. If the military wants to reach its goal, families will be a big part of the process. Dr. Lisa Gunderson discusses privilege, bias, and a few things fo...

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February 5, 2020 26 mins

It can be a challenge to find child care in Greater Victoria. If you're a military family, you also have to find care that matches the lifestyle requirements. Lisa Yates and Erin Holler from the Child Care Resource and Referral talk about where to start and their perspective on this challenging issue.

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Lisa Yates and Erin Holler work with the Child Care Resource and Referral. They have two office included one in Victo...

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January 29, 2020 24 mins

Kim Mills is a writer that has been living the military lifestyle for close to 20 years. Through her writing or storytelling and sharing her personal experiences, military families everywhere have connected to her work at She is Fierce. In this episode of The Military Lifestyle, she speaks about deployments, anxiety and what she has learned from living the lifestyle.

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Kim Mills is a writer and military family member li...

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December 4, 2019 23 mins

The military is a complex system. There are a lot of policies that govern the way it operates and that system can be complex for even the most experienced person. If you ever feel like the system's failed you, that you've got a complaint and think you've been treated unfairly, there's a formal way to move forward with help from the office of the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman.

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Greg Lick has been the Canadian Armed Fo...

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If you're a single military member and getting ready to deploy, you might be excited without a care in the world. But there are things for you to think about before you leave. So if you're single, single-ish, a parent of a single military member, or in a position of influence over one, let’s dig into everything you need to take care of before a deployment.

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Sandra Pinard has been the deployment coordinator at the Esqui...

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November 20, 2019 22 mins

Military families have to recreate community with every posting. For some military spouses or partners that can mean looking for work in a new place and rebuilding from scratch. So, let’s break down how military families can address resumes, references, informational interviews plus a few skills that you can highlight.  

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Kim Dillon is the Community Relations Coordinator at WorkLink, an employment centre with locations...

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November 13, 2019 26 mins

Stress can impact anyone, including kids of all ages, but it can be managed and you can help your child through the process. Let’s talk about what stress is for a military-connected child, what it might look like and a few strategies to deal with it. 

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Dr. Linda Scott is the former Program Manager at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre and a trainer with the Psychology Foundation of Canada. She's currently re...

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November 6, 2019 28 mins

Military life is different and so are your finances. There are deployments, postings, you might not have family close by and you might have businesses willing to give you a “great” deal.  Let’s examine financial planning from a military perspective.  

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Suzie Fines is a financial planner with SISIP at CFB Esquimalt.  She has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. She works exclusively with serving ...

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