Weekly, every Thursday from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.
Fee: No charge
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families Peer Support group is a safe space for fathers, boys and men of all ages to discuss whatever difficulties or hardships they are experiencing. Issues might include family break-up, loss of a loved one, employment challenges, or absolutely any other experiences you wish to share. The program will combine emotional support as well as practical information.
The Peer Support group will be facilitated by Dustin MacDonald and Jamie Lee. Both Dustin and Jamie have experience with social work, social services and peer group facilitation. In addition we will be regularly joined by a variety of individuals with particular expertise to share in areas like parenting, family courts, homelessness, mental health and addiction.
Dustin MacDonald is a Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW) who has been providing emotional support, suicide prevention and crisis management since 2011 at Distress Centre Durham, a 24-hour helpline located in Whitby, ON. He is currently Director of Online Support, managing an online crisis chat and texting platform in a provincial partnership. He became involved in men’s issues after becoming aware of the lack of male-targeted services available for men in Ontario.
Jamie Lee studied at Seneca College and York University, majoring in psychology. Throughout the years she has been exposed to extensive experience working with children and their parents as a children welfare promoter and educator, as a teacher’s assistant,and more. She has participated in several child care centers as an assistant student teacher during her college years. She considers herself a good listener and is eager help any family.