Canadian Centre for Men and Families Opens Its Doors

Although our official launch event is still several weeks away, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, Toronto’s first “Men’s Centre,” is now open for business.

You are welcome to visit us during the hours of 1-5PM Monday through Saturday, plus evenings by appointment. We are located at 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201, in downtown Toronto.

The space has been beautifully furnished, equipped and decorated thanks to all of your wonderful contributions.

Justin, Eric and Allen at a volunteer’s meeting

Our call out for volunteers has resulted in regular daily staffing. That means we can begin to respond to clients and make significant progress on a variety of other important efforts ranging from authoring press releases to organizing our high profile campus events.

And we’ve had a busy week so far. Our Outreach Director Denise forged new connections with Movember, St. Michael’s Hospital and Rainbow Health. New volunteer Walid joined our male suicide research group. Eric, a social worker, planned an employment-based community service he intends to host starting October. Allen took charge of the Centre’s new social media accounts. Chandler worked on plans to launch a men’s health discussion group for the Ryerson community. And Eleanor helped to craft policies to manage and operate the Centre.

In our first day we received a number of congratulations, welcome messages and offers for partnership. One in particular stands out. A woman called to get our help recruiting more men to her Toronto Trauma Survivor Support Group, wanting to make sure both men and women receive the help they need.

The Centre is already starting to make a difference.

We are now on the look out for volunteers interested in running a variety of programs at the CCMF, particularly discussion-oriented groups, book clubs and film screening series. If you’re interested please get in touch with us.

Thank you everyone for your support and commitment.