IMD

International Men's Day in

Canada

On November 19, 2009, directors of the Vancouver Manology Programme held an all day event to mark the beginning of the Vancouver Men's Centre. As a feature of this event organizers announced their official endorsement of International Men's Day and held forums introducing attendees to the history, goals and values of the international event, including discussions toward planning larger IMD events in 2010. This marks the first Canadian Nov 19 IMD observation.

In 2010 Canada IMD Coordinator David Hatfield organized a large event at the Roundhouse in Vancouver for numerous male and family-friendly organizations to display their social work to the general public. Entertainment and various speakers were included. The Council of the Corporation of the City of Oshawa issued a 2010 Proclamation that November 19 be designated Oshawa International Men's Day with the Proclamation, "And further take notice and let it be known that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Oshawa hereby urges all citizens to take cognizance of this event and fittingly join in its observance".

The Laurel Centre in Winnipeg celebrated IMD with a public open house on November 19th announcing a new program to help male survivors of sexual assault residing in Winnipeg and surrounding areas, offering the same benefits and resources as to women when it comes to coping and healing from the effects of sexual assault. On July 1, 2010, the Men’s Resource Centre (MRC) officially became a program of The Laurel Centre, and staff and volunteers said they were pleased with the new partnership which will provide a solid foundation of leadership and expertise from which to grow and develop services for men in Manitoba. The official IMD launch of this initiative was attended by several speakers including The Honorable Gord Mackintosh – Minister of Family Services; Mr. Justin Swandel – Deputy Mayor, The City of Winnipeg; Charlotte Price – Chairperson - The Laurel Centre; Kevin Richardson – Program Manager, Men’s Resource Centre; Adrian Besaw and Kurt Kelly - Clients of the Men’s Resource Centre; and Suhad Bisharat – Executive Director of The Laural Centre.

 

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