Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. This month we are focusing on the importance of people developing individual and family support systems.
It is so important that we never feel totally alone and unsupported, as life can often be difficult. Sometimes we just don’t know who we can turn to. We all know that we can’t go through life’s ups and downs alone for very long, but reaching out can seem very difficult. This is especially true for military families. The key is knowing how, where and what to do to obtain support. I believe that most importantly, each family member needs their own individualized support systems.
Children are vulnerable, especially when a parent is away from home during deployments or military training activities. Finding activities for children to be involved in is helpful, but I think that sometimes they may need to feel that they are making some meaningful contributions to the welfare of their families. There was a poll done recently that asked youths who they felt supported them the most other than one of their parents; someone that they felt they could share important things with. Surprisingly, they said their best friend’s parents. They said they could get supportive and helpful advice without judgment or ridicule from them.
I believe that in a community, especially of military families, that this should happen more often. Our programs are designed to encourage families to get to know each other better and celebrate what it means to be a strong and vibrant community of Canadians. Please read on and continue to take care of each other.
– Gordon Young, Executive Director