Healthy masculinity and the making of great men: A workshop

Port Alberni

Men ages 14 and up are invited to attend a fun and interactive workshop that promises to explore healthy masculinity and anti-violence leadership.

The In Safe hands (ISH) project will be facilitated by Dallas Hodge, a martial arts instructor and single father raising his daughter and son alone. The event is hosted by the Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society.

“There are so many ways of being a healthy man, to harness aggression without violence, to be strong in the right sense. I want to be a role model to my kids. I want my daughter to be proud of me, and to be honest in teaching my son how to be a real man,” said Hodge in a media release.

Participants in the workshop will hear from speakers, share ideas and experiences and see comedic performances by the Improv Army.

“This workshop is for men and boys who want to spend time talking honestly about the realities of being a guy in a supportive space and with humour,” said ISH coordinator Erin Ryding.

Despite the seriousness of the subject of anti-violence, the workshop promises to be light, humorous but at the same time, meaningful.

“It’s hard for a guy to be a partner, parent and friend in a healthy way,” said Ryding. Society, media and other influences seem to compartmentalize men. “We tell them that this is the way to be, but there are lots of ways to be a healthy man without violence,” Ryding said.

Men from the White Ribbon and Moose Hide movements will speak at the event.

The In Safe Hands Project is co-sponsored by North Island College and the White Ribbon Campaign. It is funded by the Status of Women Canada with a goal to reduce gender-based violence.

The workshop is free. Doors open May 1from 8:30 a.m. and the event will run until 4:15 p.m. at the Tseshaht Administration Building. There will be a free catered lunch.

Participants must call 250-735-7111 to reserve their seats.

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