Canadian Association for Equality

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The Canadian Centre for Men and Families will be opening a full-time Men’s Centre Calgary in January 2020 - the first facility of its kind in western Canada!

Thanks to private donors and regular supporters like YOU, we collected over $78,000.00 in the last year, and in addition, we were awarded a $46,000.00 Community Initiatives grant by the Government of Alberta! Thanks to private donors and regular supporters like YOU, we are
now able to open this first full-time facility - EVER! - in western Canada to provide services and help to men and their families in need! Thanks to private donors and regular supporters like YOU this is truly a magic moment in the history of health services in Alberta, thank you so much!

Now that we have come this far, we need to keep the facility operational and cash flow positive! It's IMPORTANT that we deliver our services to Albertans with consistency and security! That is why YOU need to consider starting or renewing your Patronship today to help to keep men and their families in Alberta hearty, healthy and happy!

PLEASE help us, so that WE can help Men and their Families in Alberta in the years to come! 
Become a Patron!

What if you and your son lived in constant fear of violence, but no one believed you because you're a man? Or what if you were kept from seeing your daughter for over a year? Or your brother attempted suicide because no one knew how to reach him? We hear heart wrenching stories like these on a daily basis at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

Although it seems to rub against the grain, in many ways boys, men and fathers are in crises. The suicide rates of males is rising just as their university enrollment rates are falling. Men are twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and comprise over 75% of the emergency shelter population. As more couples divorce or separate, children increasingly suffer the consequences of father-absence. This where we come in.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a game-changer in reversing these devastating trends. In Toronto and Ottawa, these Centres have already become a place of hope and transformation for boys, men and fathers who come to us when no other support is available.

Now, we are able to also help men and boys in Alberta in a full-time Service Centre.
But we need YOUR help to keep Alberta's first full time Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary operational.

Make a tax-deductible charitable donation today!


... we have established partnerships with key Alberta health and social service agencies
… we are now listed with Access Mental Health Alberta and Inform 211 as a referral source for counselling and peer support group work for men in need
… we customized a 12-week workshop for Alberta male survivors of domestic abuse. This exciting new program will launch in early 2020 and will be the first of its kind to run in Alberta, although we have successfully delivered it 15 times in eastern Canada
… we completed over 100 counselling sessions and 10 peer support meetings for men
suffering through a high conflict divorce who are both financially and emotionally burdened
… with Dr. Christine Giancarlo, the shared parenting and parental alienation researcher, we co-hosted the screening of the documentary Erasing Family for an audience of
more than 180 Albertans at Mount Royal University

Our Mandate focuses on three critical areas that are directly in line with the Alberta government's own priorities:

1. Reduce suicide among men at high-risk through intervention programs and advertising campaigns that confront head on the barriers that men face in getting help
2. Empower fathers undergoing separation or divorce through men's peer support groups, legal clinics and counselling services that strengthen father-child relationships, while advancing public policies that promote positive social attitudes towards fatherhood
3. Support men who are experiencing domestic abuse while pushing for gender inclusive public policies with respect to Intimate Partner Violence

Over the last three years, the Government of Alberta has undergone a paradigm shift and is now signalling its interest in financially supporting services for boys and men. With few agencies having responded, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families is ideally positioned to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

The following analysis of Government of Alberta policy priorities demonstrate how our unique focus on services for boys and men makes us an attractive agency partner.

a) Suicide
The Government of Alberta Health Services created the Alberta Suicide Prevention Strategy which lists "Middle aged males" under priority groups for suicide prevention, acknowledging that "Middle aged males are an identified group at risk of suicide in Alberta." The Strategy calls for intervention programs designed for those at greatest risk of suicide - including men. 

b) Fatherhood
The report  How and Why to Include Fathers in Government-Funded Parenting Strategies: No Man Left Behind (April 2016) acknowledges that "Research unequivocally shows that fathers play a vital and distinct role in supporting children’s health and development" and then advocates for “investing in the development of a focused fatherhood strategy that would increase the number of programs available for fathers throughout the province.” The report called for an explicitly gendered approach to parenting programs as a temporary measure to balance the traditional focus on mothers, noting that "By investing in policies, programs and services that support fathers, the GOA can promote a message about the importance of positive father involvement to healthy child outcomes and help to redress an imbalance that affects us all."

c) Domestic Violence
The Family Violence department within the Alberta Human Services Ministry published a very progressive manual Men Abused By Women which offers a clear understanding of men as victims. The manual acknowledges the similar rates of domestic violence victimization between men and women and states "Our society is beginning to recognize and study the abuse of men by their partners. Society’s inappropriate beliefs and attitudes about men have kept this kind of abuse hidden." The Alberta Government’s Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta pledged to ensure every victim was supported and called for extending domestic violence treatment services to "people who might not otherwise have access to those services."

Please note that you can made a pledge in any amount. When presented with the tier options, scroll to the bottom for the option to "Make a Custom Pledge". Also, please be aware that Patreon charges all donations in USD.
$471.94 of $2,000 per month
Our goal is to raise $2000/month in order to keep our full-time Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary operational.

This amount will accomplish two critical objectives:

1. In conjunction with funds raised through our Founder Club program and our Donor Match, it will provide us with capital funds. Those total funds will then be eligible for a second doubling through a Government of Alberta grant.

2. It will provide sufficient operational funds to pay rent and office expenses so we can sustain the Canadian Centre for Men and Families Calgary.
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