Welcome to our Father's Day 2013 page! This year was an extra special year because it marked the first year that we celebrated Men's Health Week in the Cowichan Valley! The City of Duncan declared June 10 to 16, 2013 as Men's Health Week. We had an article in the paper to promote it.
Next year we plan to do something different because we are a provincial organization, we plan to go on the road and promote men's health to a number of different locations on the island and the lower mainland. Please stay tuned for more details.
We want to extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors for their support! Much appreciated!!
Here are our letters of support from this year's event:
- Thank you for making time to meet with my friend. I'd only send him to the best. You have already impacted him enormously with your support - providing clarity and direction to his decisions and actions. You are damn good at what you do! Rob, Duncan, BC
- Thank you so much for all of your support and guidance. You truly make a difference in this world and I know the ripple effect is what's going to give my children a very unique and positive aspect on life. James, Duncan, BC
Please check out Island Health's page dedicated to Men's Health!
Please listen to a recent interview about men's issues on People First Radio!
Please download a copy of Promundo (International Men and Gender Equality Survey)'s 2013 Annual Report. An organization that is doing excellent work in the world around compassionate communities and gender equality.
Please download a copy of OUR Cowichan Communities Health Profile. It is our continued hope to promote men's wellness through this network.
If men are in need of clothing, including suits and workboots, please contact us and let us know what you are looking for as we have access to free items.
An Interview on People First Radio - discussing topics such as The New Macho and how does it compare with Feminists. Also mention the upcoming New Warrior Training Adventure.
PR & Communications Volunteers have started at WCMSS! I want to thank Janice & Bradley for their service to our organization and our greater community! Your support is very much appreciated! We are always looking for more volunteers to support our efforts! Are you good with PR or Fund Development, do you have a desire to support young men? If so, please contact us for more details!
Once again, we would like to send lots of gratitude to The Hay Foundation for their generous support of men in British Columbia! We hope that more foundations will confirm the merits of our organization!
Check out our Fire & Bones ONE DAY Mentor Training for men interested in supporting boys across BC through our Fire & Bones program - that took place in the Cowichan Valley on March 29! Please contact us for more details about planning another one in your communty! We are also planning another Adventure Weekend! Thank you to The Province of BC for their support of our Youth Mentoring work!
The New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) took place in Shawnigan Lake, BC in April and will happen at Chilliwack Lake, BC in September!! Both are amazing transformative weekends for men! Please contact us to learn more about these weekends! Thanks!
Here are two links that speak to the magical work that men are experiencing through The Mankind Project's New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA). Do you know men in your life (maybe yourself) who need a LIFE RECHARGE? Here are men speaking to the impact of the NWTA on their lives:
ManKind Project LA - the truth about MKP - see for yourself
About Men Film - Interview with Maja Bugge - ManKind Project USA
We have begun our first of several new Fire & Bones Guys Groups on Vancouver Island at Cowichan Secondary School & Frances Kelsey SS. We are trying to build these groups at schools like Chemainus SS and Lake Cowichan. We hope to expand to the Lower Mainland shortly.
In Memory of Miles Alexander Phillips (October 27, 1965 - January 23, 2014) - A true friend and awesome colleague. He will be sorely missed and always remembered. We will continue to carry the torch that Miles helped to ignite!
Leap2Life! Wellness Coaching - Are you feeling low energy? Are you feeling physical pain? Would you like to be healthier? Would you like to have a long life? If you answered YES to these questions, then give Grant a call to schedule an initial intake session: 250-597-2801
Purple Light Nights - Nov 25 to Dec 10th = Gender Violence has NO PLACE in our Community - We at West Coast Men promote Respect & Compassion in all the work we do. Let's all work together to end any kind of violence/abuse. Contact Us to discuss how this can happen in your life.
International Men's Day = November 19th! How can you honour men on this day?
REMEMBER MOVEMBER!! We have been writing some local peices around Men's Wellness to help build awareness around men's need to take responsibility for their health.
A recent interview with People First Radio around the importance of mens centres.
Check out www.ymaw.com - We supported the Young Men's Adventure Weekend in the Harrison Lake region of Greater Vancouver, BC for an awesome weekend for young men age 12 to 17!! Check the website out for more details!
Do you know men in your life that need to take better care of themselves? Please reach out and connect with us to learn more about our programs and how they can support men in taking responsibility! (PS This poster is for the USA based program. The City of Duncan, BC just recently made Men's Health Week official! We hope to spread this across BC and ultimately Canada in the coming years!)
A BIG thank you to Grant Mellemstrand, Teacher at Cowichan Secondary and past VP at L'Ecole Mt. Prevost Middle School for his testimonial regarding our Fire & Bones Youth Mentoring program!! We look forward to bringing this program to many more middle and high schools across BC!!
Respect & Compassion - We have decided to offer this program in both group and 1 on 1 formats. Please contact us to discuss the next steps. Thanks!
Here is a link to our local survey from 2010.
Here is a link to our provincial organizational outreach project in 2013.
We are bringing Senior Men's Circles to local Seniors Residences! Please contact us for more details.
Check out Rod Keays' new book titled The Naturally Good Man!! Men inherit definitions of manhood. Many of these definitions no longer fit.
Violence against women is a men’s issue too - check out our interview on People First Radio!
UNITE to END men's violence against women and ultimately violence against ANYONE!!
A video with Dr. Marv Westwood of UBC and his amazing Veteran's Transition Program
Check out the MEN CAN STOP RAPE - USE YOUR STRENGTH video!! VERY POWERFUL!!
Click here to download an amazing list of qualities for the NEW MACHO - The Mature Masculine!!
Listen to Grant Waldman's interview on The Mature Masculine with Louise Cohen on her online radio show "Changing Obstacles Into New Possibilities"!!
Kids Help Phone - 800-668-6868
Veterans Affairs Canada - 24 Hour Toll Free Crisis Help Line for Vets:
The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence.
To obtain support for any issues pertaining to grandparents raising grandchildren , please call toll-free (855) 474-9777