This time of year is a good reminder for all of us to acknowledge and celebrate the people and things in our lives that make everything meaningful and fulfilling.
November reminds us to take moments of remembrance. To thank the military members in our lives for their service to our country. To remember all of the military members who bravely served and who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.
The holiday season is also right around the corner. This is another great reminder to celebrate the family and friends in your life. The unique challenges associated with being part of a military family means there can be holiday hurdles as well as joys and celebration. You may be living away from your extended family, have family members on training exercises or deployments over the holidays, or maybe you are living in a new city this season. If this is the case for you and your family this year, we hope you still find time to celebrate the relationships that surround you.
As we look to support our military community members, we know that family is important. It is important to spend time with them, make memories together and enjoy the time you have together. This is why we have started the new Strengthening Families Program, which is designed to promote positive, meaningful, and healthy opportunities for CAF families to interact, have fun and improve their overall relationships. This program will consist of affordable opportunities for CAF families to spend quality time with each other through social and recreational activities. I hope that you and your family will have a chance to attend one of these programs and take the time to build some memories together.
Finally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the knowledgeable and passionate staff, volunteers and board members who have made so many great programs, events and activities a success throughout 2017. Thank you all for your ongoing dedication to the military families across Southern Alberta. I look forward to continuing our good work in 2018 as we work hard to empower our military families and uniting our community.
Executive Director, Calgary MFRC