Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 14, 2006 16:53 ET

Governor General Becomes Patron of Military Family Services Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 14, 2006) - Major-General Doug Langton, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA), is delighted to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, has graciously accepted the position of Patron of the Military Family Services Program (MFSP).

"We are honoured that our program is to be associated with the name and prestige of the vice-regal office," says MGen Langton.

The MFSP is managed and funded by the CFPSA Directorate of Military Family Services (DMFS). By promoting and facilitating community-based military family services, the MFSP enhances the quality of life of Canadian Forces (CF) members and their families and strengthens CF communities, thus contributing to the operational effectiveness of the CF.

"We are privileged, not only because the Governor General is the Commander-in-Chief of the CF, but also because she has a long-standing commitment to social issues - particularly those relating to women and children," says Celine Thompson, Director of Military Family Services, CFPSA, "issues that resonate within our world of family support."

The program is delivered through Canadian/Military Family Resource Centres (C/MFRCs) located at all CF bases, wings and stations, as well as in some foreign locations. C/MFRCs provide support services to help CF members and their families manage the stresses associated with the unique characteristics of the military lifestyle.

"The Governor General's areas of interest include our work in family violence prevention, youth services, family separation and reunion, and C/MFRCs," explains Thompson.

The CFPSA develops and delivers morale and welfare programs, activities, and services to members of the CF and their families, in Canada and overseas. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life of the military community, thus contributing to the operational readiness and effectiveness of the CF.

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