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Grief is often something we don’t associate with Masculinity and when we do, there seems to be an expectation of stoicism, strength and frankly – fixing it, not suffering with it. Together we are going to discuss how that shows up in our lives and in the lives of those who support men who are grieving.
We are going to hear stories from men who have felt enormous grief and understand how grief showed up for them, how it felt to be isolated with the weight of what we were carrying and how the community around us was exactly what we needed to truly face our losses.
Since January 1999, Wakefield Brewster has been known as one of Canada’s most popular and prolific Performance Poets.
He is a BlackMan born and raised in Toronto, by parents hailing from the island of Beautiful Barbados, and he has resided in Calgary since 2006.
He has spoken across Canada, several States, and makes countless appearances on a regular basis in a variety of ways, for a myriad of reasons, throughout each and every single year.
Session Description In this session you will hear from Wesley Jones, a suicide prevention advocate, and Darcy Kipp, a veteran peer with the Canadian Mental
This panel discussion will talk about why it is important to create spaces for men to practice emotional fitness. We’ll hear from men who have worked in the field for a very long time.
Some of the questions we will explore include:
Mike Cameron is a professional speaker who has performed on the TEDx stage twice. He is the author of “Becoming a Better Man”, as well as a serial entrepreneur and leadership coach. As a sales and leadership authority Mike has studied the impact that emotion has on human behavior for over 2 decades. In 2019 Mike sold his business and turned his expertise to lend his voice to help men better connect with themselves and others.
He is an ultramarathoner who loves nothing more than running hundred mile races for 30+ hours through the mountains.
He is the founder of Connect’d Men, an organization designed to create a safe space for men to practice emotional fitness. His 2018 CBC Op-Ed “Dear Men” has been shared over 125,000 times. His 2017 Tedx “The way men think of strong is wrong”, urges society to help redefine what it means to be a badass.
FIFO work refers to remote camp work where workers are required to fly in and fly out to work and work away from home and their families.
This type of work poses unique challenges to workers and their families. The mental health struggles that can arise from the isolation from family, role transitions from work life to home life, societal stereotypes of masculinity and stigmas creating barriers to seeking help. We unpack all this through storytelling to give you a snapshot of FIFO life and to provide workers and their families with tools to thrive in this lifestyle. We are FIFO4REAL.
Have you ever felt that you didn’t quite “measure up” as a man? What if you were to step back for just a moment and ask yourself: “How many times today and in what ways did I hear “what men are like”? Think of the billboard advertisements, the social media posts, the meetings and conversations at work, the interactions of people on public transit, the messages above the urinals in public washrooms, the comments around your supper table and the playful joking with your buddies. But have you ever thought that “something just doesn’t seem quite right” about expectations surrounding what it means to be a man?
The relationship between men and mental health has often been referred to as a silent crisis. In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, many men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within.
Based on Allan’s bestselling book MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk, this keynote features men who have persevered through their own mental health challenges. These lived experiences will provide a better understanding of topics relating to: masculinity, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse, suicide, and ultimately wellness.
Somewhere around the middle of his undergraduate education, Drew realized engaging with the world was a lot more fun than writing papers about it.
While still a student he became heavily involved in Canada’s largest post-secondary charitable initiative in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, eventually serving as the National Chair of the organization. As he moved into his career, he took on the challenge of creating and building the Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto, which became the largest and most dynamic in the country.