We Stopped To Celebrate!
About 60 Shed guys, guests, CMHA team, and media were on hand for an evening of celebration to mark the official beginning of a new relationship between Men's Shed Vernon at the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Some of the items we craft were on display.
A few short speeches on our journey, our appreciation, and our vision marked the occasion. Mostly, we visited to make new friends, and to get to know one another better.
It was a great evening to reflect on how we have grown, and bonded over the last two years, and for the depth that we will be able to build into Men's Shed Vernon with our new CMHA associates.
A BIG THANK YOU to Lenai and Eleanor at CMHA for all your help in making the event a success.
We received some appreciated and well read media attention. There were about 3,000 "reads" on Castanet alone.
We need to do this more often!
I think that a mini class orienting guys to the scroll saw could be the next step. Well done, Mel!
The United Way and their sponsors hosted the second biennial "Summit on Aging" conference in Vancouver last week. Hundreds of professionals engaged in providing a broad range health and community programs services to seniors were in attendance.
The Men's Shed movement was well represented with a table display hosted by Men's Shed representatives from Vernon, Kelowna, and Coquitlam.
We also hosted a table at the "Ask an Expert" breakfast. We were so swamped with interest and "How do I start a Shed?" questions, that we barely had time to eat!
Men's mental health was identified as the volcano bubbling just below the opiod crisis in importance in B.C.
Our own Dave Friesen did an awesome job of interacting with United Way executives, and was introduced to the Minister of Health. Men's Shed is on their radar. Well done, David.
Contact David or Ray V if you would like to learn more.
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