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Information Channel

For local information, events and activities in and around our community.

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Military Family Resource Centre


We are located in the Ralston Community Centre (Dugway Drive) Ph: (403) 544-5567 Go to: www.CAFconnection.ca/suffield

We are your one-stop-shop, drop by the office or give us a call‌whatever the question, we can help!


www.CAFconnetion.ca/suffield For up to date information, events and activities.


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Leila Phillips BSW, MA, RSW Executive Director Prevention, Support and Intervention

Leila has been with the Suffield MFRC since 1999, initially as a Social Worker and Employment Counsellor. In 2002, in addition to her Social Work services, Leila assumed the Executive Director Position. Leila is married to a Military Veteran who served 20+ years and together they had postings across Canada and Europe. Leila holds a Master of Arts degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building and a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Leila has training in Grief Counselling, as well as Separation and Divorce Mediation and is a Registered Social Worker in the province of Alberta. If you feel Leila could help you in any way contact: Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: Leila.phillips@forces.gc.ca 7


Kerry Goldring RPR CMP

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Human Resources Manager Employment and Education

Kerry commenced employment with the MFRC in 1999. Raised within the military environment and later married to a British soldier, Kerry was exposed to 28 years worth of experiences unique to the military lifestyle. Kerry first came to this community as a teen, attending Ralston school and graduating from Medicine Hat High school before permanently relocating to Medicine Hat in 1998. If you have any questions on how Kerry can assist you with gaining employment or obtaining education while posted to CFB Suffield contact her on: Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: mfrc.employment@gmail.com

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Carole Meehan Family Separation & Reunion Services Financial Administrator

Carole started her career with the MFRC in 1999, she has been the Financial Manager for 13 years. Carole grew up in a French Canadian environment with her family, left the province of Quebec as a teenager to settle in Western Canada, where she gained an interest in the military. Carole served two years as a Reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces, during which time she met her husband, Carole has lived on bases across Canada and Europe for almost 20 years. Carole is proficient in French and is able to provide services in both official languages. Contact Carole on: Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: suffield.deployment@gmail.com

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Becky Verishine Dip CYC Child and Youth Services. Site Navigator (Special Needs Assistance) Volunteer Leadership Services Becky joined the MFRC in 2007 working in the Youth Centre Program, before taking over the Child and Youth Services Department in 2009. Becky was born and raised in the prairies where she gained her Child and Youth Care Diploma in 1999. Becky coordinates:

· Kiddie Kare ages 6 month-3 years · Kids Connection Care and Education Program ages 5-17 years · Summer Camp ages 5-10 years · Emergency Child Care · Child and Youth special events . MFRC Volunteers Becky has an open door policy so if you have any questions or concerns or would like to volunteer with the MFRC drop on by or contact her on:

Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: becky.verishine@hotmail.com

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Elaine Giles Veteran Family Program Information and Referral Services Welcome and Orientation Elaine started working for the MFRC in Child and youth Program in 2011. After a brief return to the UK Elaine permanently relocated with her family to Redcliff and returned to be employed at the MFRC on the front desk reception. In 2015 Elaine took on the role as Information Referral and the newly formed Veteran Family Program Coordinator. Elaine is married to a British Military Veteran of 20+ years and has lived in many countries with her family. If you are new to CFB Suffield, need any local information or are a military member transitioning out, stop by and see Elaine for a chat. Contact Elaine on: Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: mfrc.information@gmail.com

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Sharlene MacKinnon MFRC Receptionist

Sharlene commenced her employment in 2009 after first being a volunteer for the MFRC. Raised in a military environment and later married to a British soldier, Sharlene and her family have lived in many different countries. In 2019 Sharlene took on the role of Front Desk Reception after previously working in our Child and Youth programs. Stop by the MFRC for a coffee and a chat, Sharlene is always on hand to help sign you up for programs, courses and special events! Contact Sharlene on: Phone: 403-544-5567 Email: cfbsuffieldmfrc@gmail.com

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A little something for baby Stop by the MFRC to collect your unique Newborn Baby gift. If you have any questions please give the MFRC a call: 403-544-5567 or email: cfbsuffieldmfrc@gmail.com

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Ages 6 Months to 3 Years

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Have you arrived to CFB Suffield in the last four months? Not attended a Welcome Event? Watch for up coming dates to MFRC Welcome Events Events run three times per year January, May and September.

Come along and help us welcome new members to our community Events run in the Afternoon.

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This newsletter is produced by the Community Development Department. It compiles most of Medicine Hat's cultural event information.

For more information or to submit content, contact: tergil@medicinehat.ca

Below is the link for the newsletter. https://www.medicinehat.ca/government/departments/communitydevelopment/cultural-development/around-town-newsletter

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The Veterans Affairs Canada mobile app, Veterans Matter, will help you:

•find information about the services and benefits offered to Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members, and their families.

With this app, you can: •find an event or ceremony near you •explore the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Find a Memorial (in Canada) applications •locate your nearest: Veterans Affairs Canada or Service Canada office, Integrated Personnel Support Centre, Bureau of Pension Advocates, or Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinic •access the My VAC Account website •locate the Veterans Affairs Canada office nearest you •find contact information for Veterans Affairs Canada •stay connected on social media with access to VAC's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts 73


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CFB Suffield & BATUS Information


DRIVING IN CANADA If stopped by any law enforcement agency in Canada please REMAIN in your vehicle. -All dependants must exchange their UK driving licence within 90 days of arriving in Canada, failure to provide on request could result in a CDN $310 fine. This can be done at the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) in Medicine Hat. -In date / original driving licences, insurance and vehicle documentation must be carried at all times, failure to provide on request could result in a CDN $310 fine. Failure to register the vehicle or have insurance is a possible fine of CDN $230 and / or a court date.

-All vehicles must come to a complete stop at “STOP� signs, failure to stop could result in a CDN $287 fine plus 3 points. -All road lane changes or changes of direction must be fully indicated, regardless of other road traffic, failure to signal could result in a CDN $155 fine. -Speeding offences could result in a fine of CDN $78-$156 plus points for every kilometre over the prescribed limit. -The drink driving limit is the same as the UK.


DRIVING IN CANADA (Continued) -Do not park in fire lanes, by fire hydrants or where other wise prohibited, failure to comply could result in a CDN $57 fine. -At any times when school buses are displaying flashing lights all road traffic, in both directions, must stop. Particular attention should be paid at school crossings. ALCOHOL -Do not carry open or visible alcohol in a public place, failure to comply could result in a CDN $115 fine. Ensure when drinking at your quarter that you are within the fenced boundary.

-Do not transport readily accessible alcohol in vehicles (place it in the boot / out of reach), failure to comply could result in a CDN $115 fine. -It is an offence for passengers in vehicles to drink alcohol, failure to comply could result in a CDN $287 fine. -All dependants are required to obtain a dependants ID pass which is available in the side office of the Military Police Station, Mon – Fri 0800 – 1500 hrs.


Please be aware that there are differences between the laws in the UK and Canada and the method in which they are enforced / style of policing in the UK and Canada differs. Please call us on 403 544 4110 or call in to the Military Police Station (east side of CFB Suffield) if you have any questions.

EMERGENCY NUMBER: 403 544 4911 (MANNED 24/7)


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Identification services available from the Military Police for civilian and dependant ID cards are processed Please ring first for an appointment.

Call the MP Orderly Room on extension 4306. The Identification Section will be operational on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 0800 hrs – 1000 hrs.

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Medicine Hat Messenger News Medicine Messenger is a Facebook personality and here to help with all questions BATUS.

BATUS member or Dependant? If so, join Medicine Messenger News, it is a closed group for BATUS administered by the Welfare Department. Request to join to stay informed.

You will be kept up to date on events, activities and important information. Accommodation

Job Opportunities

Courses availability Town Hall Meetings

Medical Updates

Meet and Greets Community Events & Activities

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BATUS GENERAL FUND

OPENING TIMES Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

0930 – 1330 0930 – 1330 0930 – 1230 0930 – 1330 0930 – 1300 CLOSED CLOSED

Building 527 Camp Crowfoot Tel: 403 544 4964 Email: gfcoord@hotmail.com


BATUS GENERAL FUND

SPORTS STORE We hire: • Hockey kit • Skates • Ski equipment • Bikes • Golf clubs • Turbo trainers • Sailboat and accessories Tel:

403 544 5308


BATUS GENERAL FUND

FLEET We hire: • 7-seater Dodge Caravan • 5-seater Dodge Journey • Minibus (D1 license) • Trailer (D1+E license) • TV/DVD combo: 19”, 26” and 32” • Carpet cleaner Tel:

403 544 5308


BATUS GENERAL FUND

LIQUOR STORE Duty-free prices: • Wines • Spirits • Cigarettes • Tobacco • Perfumes • Branded goods: o T-shirts o Cups and water bottles o Teddies


WHO ARE YOUR UNIT STAFF •

BATUS HQ, 29 FLT AAC, QM(M), MEDICAL & DENTAL CENTRE • Cpl De-Goede Ext 4144

105 SQN, QM(T), RMP, BEP, TPT & MOVE & RSCG • Cpl Calvert Ext 4159

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WORKSHOPS • Ext 4094

TEMP STAFF • Ext 5172

TEMP DEPLOYED STAFF Ms Sharee Cann Ext 5346


GET YOU HOME (OVERSEAS) Your Ticket Home If you are posted to BATUS for over a year you are entitled to claim up to ₤904 per eligible person, MMA from your quarter to the airport of departure and from your arrival airport to your leave address however, conditions do apply. You may get an advance of the airfare only but you must have applied for leave and the journey reference number on JPA first. Before you undertake your journey please ensure that you speak to your Unit HR Rep for assistance on how to complete the JPA application process.


CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION (CEA) / SCV All Service Personnel who have been Temporarily Assigned (TDS) or Permanently Assigned to BATUS need to complete a new ONLINE CEA Application. SP are to report to the RAO Dept as soon as possible. School Children Visit (SCV ) Initial Application will be required to be completed


TS & TDS PERSONNEL

COUNTER SERVICE Monday through Friday: 0830 hrs – 1200 hrs & 1230 hrs- 1530 hrs

CHEQUE CASHING FACILITY Monday through Thursday: 0830 hrs – 1200 hrs & 1230 hrs- 1530 hrs

Friday: 0830 hrs – 1200 hrs CHEQUE CASHING ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 12:00 ON THE LAST WORKING DAY OF THE MONTH OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCY CONTACT BATUS DUTY CLERK – 403 866 8784


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Community Information


Any Personnel caught feeding the wildlife will be held LIABLE by the military authorities !

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There have been an increased number of Coyote sightings in and around Suffield Village, Ralston and CFB Suffield.

Particular care should also be taken when walking with young children.

Young children should never be left alone at any time whilst outside.

Further information is available at the MFRC.


Keep pets inside at night when Coyotes are frequent in the area. Do not feed coyotes - they are not pets and can be very dangerous. Do not approach a coyote, keep space between you and the animal. Should any person feel concerned for their safety, they should immediately call the Joint Military Police Station on Civ: 403 544 4911 Mil: 4911. 99


Around Ralston Village


Wanting to advertise on the Information Channel? Email your poster in publisher or JPEG to Elaine at

mfrc.information@gmail.com Please note the info channel is updated weekly on a Friday

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Slow down and stop when a school bus activates its alternately flashing red lights and stop sign. This means you must stop whether you are approaching an oncoming bus or following one. Watch for school buses loading and unloading children, even if the lights aren't flashing. Proceed only when the red lights on the bus have stopped flashing and stop sign has been retracted. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a fine of $465 and six demerit points. For more information about traffic safety, contact the Military Police at 403-544-4301 or for emergencies at 4911.


Summer Hours Monday - Friday 0700-2000 Saturday & Sunday 0900-2000

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Get up to date information, see what events and activities are happening,ask questions.

Ralston Families and Forces This group on Facebook for CAF, BATUS and their spouses. DND, DRDC and civilian employee’s who work on the base.


Ralston Buy & Sell A place for people of Ralston village to advertise items for sale and for those looking for a bargain.


RALSTON ADVERTISEMENTS AND BUSINESS PAGE

A place for local and home businesses to advertise their products to the CFB Suffield community.


RALSTON’S CHAPEL INVITES EVERYONE TO JOIN OUR NON-DENOMINATIONAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS Sundays @ 10:30 am Roman Catholic Services @ 3:00pm every last Sunday of the month UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS; - PENTECOST Service All Welcome - Services Every Sunday at 10:30 am

ALL WELCOME !! For more info: Contact Chaplain @ (403) 544 5523 (403) 554 4034


Our BFBS Canada Presenters Frank McCarthy & Melissa Davies


Would you like to Advertise an Event or Activity on

? Call 403-544-4104 or 403-544-5097 To Get Some Air Time


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One number All your trusted health advice.

If you need health advice or information call Health Link 24/7 by dialing 811 or visit: MyHealth.Alberta.ca. 115


If you are leaving BATUS and have children 5 years or under, please call 403-544-4721 with your forwarding address so your children’s records can be sent on. Thank you.


Liz Ellwood is located in the Welfare Corridor in the Community Centre. Regular office hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00-11:00am.

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Please remember that the front entrance of the Ralston Community Centre is a no smoking area. In accordance with Alberta Legislation and by order of the Base Commander there is no smoking within 10 Meters of the entrance. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. 119


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Personnel Support Program


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All serving members who have not received their CFOne card are to call: 1 613 943 8978 or call toll free: 1 800 245 0330 and follow the prompts. Once the clerk takes your information, the card will arrive in 2-3 weeks.


This program offers rate reductions and incentives that are exclusive to the CF Appreciation Program website.

Administered by the Personnel and Family Support Services organization of the Canadian Forces


Graham Community Library


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Prairie Rose Club


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Information Channel May 2019  

Local information, events and activities in our community.

Information Channel May 2019  

Local information, events and activities in our community.

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