A message from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander RCAF, and Chief Warrant Officer Denis Gaudreault, RCAF Chief Warrant Officer

News Article / February 17, 2020

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Dear RCAF personnel and families,

Posting season is fast approaching. Having gone through many postings, we know that a move can be both exciting and daunting for everyone involved. This is particularly true if it’s your family’s first posting or if you haven’t moved for a few years.

Moving provides us with opportunities to explore and get to know a new city or province. Moving is also hard. It means that our families must establish new community connections, and possibly seek out employment, schools, childcare and a family doctor. Today, technology helps make gathering information about a new location easier than ever before. However, not all posting challenges can be solved by the internet, which is why the RCAF has implemented the Family Sponsor Program.

This family-centric, cooperative program aims to welcome each family, and enable family members to settle quickly into their new community. It’s a collaboration among the Wing and unit leadership, local Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and you – RCAF families. If you are posted to an RCAF unit in Canada, you will have the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer Family Sponsor who will personally welcome you and share information to help you all establish new networks.

The RCAF recognizes that families are an essential thread in the fabric of our operations and training. Just as we thank our members for their service, we also thank you for your continued support. We strongly encourage you to request a Family Sponsor through your gaining unit or your local MFRC. And if you are staying put this year, and would like to welcome another family to your community and share your valuable experience, please consider volunteering and pay it forward.

Additional information can be found at http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/family-support-team/family-sponsor-program.page.

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