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Welcome to the National Military Family Council! 

The National Military Family Council (NMFC) is an advisory council that provides a voice for military families to the senior leadership of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence. Through the NMFC, the Canadian Forces recognizes that family members have the experience and capacity to offer unique, valuable insight on policies affecting family life.  Read more here....

We're Recruiting! 

 

Volunteer for the National Military Family Council

Are you a military family member with
unique skills and perspectives to contribute to
dialogue about issues impacting Canadian Forces families?

 Have your voice heard! Volunteer for the National Military Family Council, and help bring the voice of families to Chief of the Defence Staff.

Deadline for applications has been extended to 15 April 2014, 4pm ET for applicants from Alberta + North.

 

 

 What's new

 Welcome to the NMFC


NMFC Faces Winds of ChangeThe National Military Family Council navigated the winds of change during their last in-person meeting held on March 2nd and 3rd.  During this first meeting of 2013, the Council welcomed four new members.  During this meeting, the Council also elected Norma Barrett as the new Vice-Chair.

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NMFC Accomplishments 2010-2013
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  • NMFC Faces Winds of ChangeThe National Military Family Council navigated the winds of change during their last in-person meeting held on March 2nd and 3rd.  During this first meeting of 2013, the Council welcomed four new members.  During this meeting, the Council also elected Norma Barrett as the new Vice-Chair.

  • NMFC Meets with New CDS General Lawson: The first week-end in December was a productive one for members of the National Military Family Council (NMFC) who were in Ottawa for their in-person meeting. During the course of the meeting, a new Chair of the Council was elected.  The Council also had an opportunity to meet with the new Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson. 

  • CF Medallion Awarded for Exceptional Service: Recently, Hilary Oakman and Marcia Knockleby each received the CF Medallion for Distinguished Service.  

  • Connecting with Families: In May, Armed Forces Council (AFC) met with the National Military Family Council (NMFC) to discuss issues currently impacting military families. The NMFC presented some recurring themes that captured the feedback received directly from families over the course of the last year. The presentation left senior leaders engaged in a frank conversation about how these challenges affect members and concrete actions that can be taken.

  • NMFC presents to Armed Forces Council on macro-level assessment of family services: The presentation encompassed a broad-based, qualitative assessment of the services available to military families as well as gauging the effectiveness in delivery of services to our families. The Council provided recommendations to the Armed Forces Council, focusing on solutions that build on the strength of existing services and that lend to families feeling connected, supported, and achieving greater resiliency.
  • NMFC attends seminar on CF Spousal Employment Survey:  NMFC members Malcolm Johannesen, Terry Harcombe and Lara Rooke attended, via teleconference on 26 October 2011, seminar offered by CF Defence Scientist on the subject of the most recent findings from the CF Spousal Employment Survey.
  • NMFC introduced to CF Housing Agency: NMFC Chair Marcia Knockleby was introduced in October 2011 to the CF Housing Agency to begin a dialogue about housing issues for CF families.
  • NMFC teleconference with True Patriot Love: NMFC Chair Marcia Knockleby, Vice-Chair Candace Thorne, and member Malcolm Johannesen spoke with True Patriot Love Foundation in October via teleconference on about issues facing Canadian military families.
  • NMFC attendance at 1 Canadian Air Division Town Hall: NMFC member Caroline Couture attended the local 1CanAirDiv Town Hall in Fredericton on 13 October 2011.
  • CMP invited NMFC to attend "Caring for Our Own" Forum: NMFC member Malcolm Johannesen attended the "Caring for Our Own" Forum on 28 September 2011 in Ottawa, on behalf of the NMFC Chair and Vice-Chair.
  • NMFC met with Director of Reserves: NMFC members Malcolm Johannesen and Angela Han, and NMFC Vice-Chair Candace Thorne met with Director of Reserves in Ottawa on 23 September 2011 to discuss the unique lifestyle issues affecting reservists' families.
  • Letters to all MFRC Boards of Directors from NMFC Chair: NMFC Chair Marcia Knockleby wrote to each MFRC Board Chair to personally introduce herself, as well as to note several recent NMFC accomplishments and enquire about any local military family engagement opportunities.
  • Letters to all CF Base-Wing Commanders from NMFC Chair: NMFC Chair Marcia Knockleby wrote to each CF Base-Wing Commander to personally introduce herself, as well as to note several recent NMFC accomplishments and enquire about any local military family engagement opportunities.
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New NMFC members at meeting Sep 2013

Source: www.cfmws.com

 
 

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