CFEC sponsoring a speaker May 27

Men, Social Service and Social Change discussed at meeting


The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre is offering an important workshop, entitled Men, Social Services and Social Change, at Horton Ventures’ community meeting room (808 Alpine Ave. in 100 Mile House) on May 27.

There is no charge for this half-day workshop that runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Organizers ask folks to call 250-395-5155 or e-mail at cfec@cariboo to register, so they can plan for the lunch. The workshop will be presented by David Hatfield. In recent years, Maclean’s Magazine, Newsweek, The Economist and New Internationalist have all run front-page stories about the need to rethink masculinity.

To meet 21st century challenges, progressive thinking calls for a value set of flexibility, collaboration and emotional intelligence, Hatfield says.

“Yet, for boys and men, we continue to script masculinity as stoicism, competitiveness, invulnerability, individualism and emotional repression. The wellness of boys and men, families and communities is negatively impacted by these persisting social expectations. Clearly, something very different is needed.”

In this half-day workshop, Hatfield says he will share his learning and observations on prevailing Canadian expressions of masculinity and how they pertain to social service and helping professionals.

“This collaborative inquiry will be interactive, dynamic, and experiential and will be shaped in response to the needs and questions of those present.

Hatfield is a leadership consultant and facilitator specializing in masculinity and male identity.

He is the Canadian co-ordinator for International Men’s Day.

He holds an M.Ed. in social ecology from the University of Western Sydney in Australia.