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HMCS Vancouver Family Network

Connect with others going through the same experience, participate in social activities, and get the latest updates on deployments and work-related absences.

Contact Information

Family Network Volunteer:Carla
Email:[email protected]
Facebook Group:HMCS Vancouver Family Network
HMCS Vancouver on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

When you join the Family Network for HMCS Vancouver, you will receive important updates on deployments and work-related absences, information on social activities, and have the opportunity to connect with others going through the same experience.

Register with us to receive deployment and work-related absence support by becoming a part of your Family Network, connecting with the MFRC local to you, and/or receiving support in French.

HMCS Vancouver Pre-Deployment Brief Recap

Here is the recording from the HMCS Vancouver Pre-Deployment Brief (minus operational security information) that was held on Thursday, May 9th, 2024.   

 The slideshow from the session can be found below.

Monthly Information Sessions for HMCS Vancouver

HMCS Vancouver’s Command Team will provide a live update to friends and family members about what the ship has been up to and what the future holds, as well as answer any questions you may have. Senior members of the Canadian Fleet Pacific Staff and the MFRC will be on hand to answer questions, address concerns, and provide updates on workshops and activities.

These sessions will be held during the ship’s deployment. Information will be shared when dates are confirmed.

Morale Mail Information for HMCS Vancouver

Drop off your care packages during regular business hours at either:

  • Colwood Pacific Activity Centre MFRC location
  • Signal Hill MFRC location
  • 443 Squadron

The mailing address for this deployment is:


Important Notes: 

  • Wrapping supplies (i.e. tape, paper, scissors) are available at our Colwood and Signal Hill MFRC locations. 
  • International customs forms will be available. 
  • Due to the use of international mailing carriers, mail may arrive out of order. Numbering your parcels or marking them with “open on this date” may be helpful to ensure they are opened in the order you intended. 
  • If you are mailing from out of area, we suggest adding 10 days to the advertised cut-off date to allow for parcel travel to Victoria.  

For more information on mailing guidelines and restrictions, check out our postal page.

Care Package Collection Box for Deployed Members 

Did you purchase too much for your care package? We will be accepting items at the Colwood MFRC location to create care packages for deployed members not receiving them. Please consider contributing your extras to help uplift the spirits of members currently deployed onboard HMCS Vancouver. Care packages will be sent to the ship throughout their deployment.  

 A few ideas of items that could be contributed are: individually wrapped snack items (ie. chips, granola bars), microwave popcorn, candies, and puzzle books. 

Programming at the MFRC

Military Families Focus Group: Children and Youth with Support Needs

Are you a military family with a child or youth in your family that has support needs? If so, you have the opportunity to be heard and we can help!
Learn more

Stay & Play in the Park

Join us for a morning of fun interaction with your child at some great local playgrounds for free play, games and story time.

Fast Friends: Lantern Workshop

In partnership with The Maritime Museum of BC, this workshop for ages 8-15 will allow you to transform a simple mason jar into your own “sea lantern”.

Respite Child Care During Absences

Available at no cost when a military parent is deployed or away for work-related reasons for 21 consecutive days or more. 
More information

Supporting Children Through Absence

Help your child(ren) adjust to a parent being away on a deployment or work-related absence.
Ages 3-5 Years Ages 5-12 Years