In just the last few months we have had so many opportunities to meet, visit, and go on adventures with so many of the military families in our community.
In March, our Lethbridge military community went off on a ski trip to Castle Mountain. A group of families and youth left Calgary on a Friday and spent the weekend together skiing and getting to know one another.
March also led to our Spring Break Camps. An active group of military youth joined us for a week of activities, learning and fun!
In April, we hosted our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. We hold this event each year to thank all our volunteers for their hard work, and to provide an opportunity for our community to come together. This event lets us further enhance military community spirit, which is fueled and supported by volunteerism.
After the speeches and recognition awards, we enjoyed a fabulous brunch at the Executive Royal Inn. Then, the 85 volunteers and 15 guests tried their luck at solving a murder mystery.
Once the dust settled, we discovered everyone was a winner, so we drew numbers to choose a gift from our prize table. Thank you to all of our volunteers. We appreciate your support! Our volunteers are an essential piece of the success of the Calgary MFRC. Isn’t it a wonderful thing that we’re so different? Each of us has strengths and skills to share, and when we link our individual strengths together, we’re invincible. We can’t imagine the MFRC with out all of you!
April was also when we held our annual Moving Forward retreat. This weekend retreat focuses on military members, veterans and their partners getting together for sessions and speakers on the topic of mental health and wellness. The attendees also have a chance to talk to community organizations and MFRC staff members about PTSD and OSIs. There is more information about this event and some follow-up retreats on page 7 of this newsletter.
You can see more pictures of some of these events on the back page of this newsletter.
We look forward to seeing all of the families in Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer at more of our upcoming events, programs and workshops. Keep an eye on our newsletter, website and Facebook page for current event listings.