Appreciation Day: Thanks to Military Families

Dozens of children impressed by the military vehicle they rode in attended Military Family Appreciation Day with their parents today in Shannon.

Approved by Parliament in 2019, this day is now celebrated annually across Canada to thank military families for their sacrifices.

The event was organized by the Valcartier Military Family Resource Centre, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

“Family is part of the task force. If the family is solid at home and taken care of by the resource centers, it allows the soldiers to leave with peace of mind, ”explains Frédéric Moisan, director general of the non-profit organization.


Frédéric Moisan, Executive Director of the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center, Saturday, September 17, 2022

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Frédéric Moisan, Executive Director of the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center, Saturday, September 17, 2022

“The mission is to support families from entry into military life until they leave, and even after,” he adds.

Help families

More than 60 employees and professionals work to help families through the hardships encountered in the life of a military member.

Accompaniment in the transfer process, integration and reception activities, psychological assistance, employment assistance, drop-in daycare and support during absences are among the services offered to the 6,000 soldiers at the Valcartier base.

Mother of three children aged 5 and under, Roxanne Lafrance, who has to deal with the absence of her spouse, is the perfect example of the importance of the organization.


Roxanne Lafrance talks about Military Family Appreciation Day organized by the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

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Roxanne Lafrance talks about Military Family Appreciation Day organized by the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

The father of the family has been deployed in Romania since July, and his return is only scheduled for December.

“Breaking Isolation”

“The center [de ressources pour les familles militaires Valcartier] allows us to break the isolation. I [m’implique] also at the Center as a volunteer. It allows us to meet people who live the same reality as us, ”she says with the youngest of the family in her arms.

For Marianne Cousineau-Dubé, also a mother of three young children, the services offered by the Center are also invaluable.


Marianne Cousineau-Dubé talks about Military Family Appreciation Day organized by the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

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Marianne Cousineau-Dubé talks about Military Family Appreciation Day organized by the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

“Often our spouses are gone. It’s fun to have resources. They offer daycare, respite for children. It’s really good when you find yourself all alone,” says the 29-year-old mother.

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Appreciation Day: Thanks to Military Families