Farewell For Now

To all our friends and supporters,

First of all, we want to say a big thank you to everybody who has come out and helped us over the years. It’s been awesome getting to meet you, talk with you, and advocate for men and boys with you.

Unfortunately, over the past year and a bit, you’ve probably noticed that things have slowed down. Activity has been low. Frankly, the club has been hit pretty hard, mainly because most of our executives graduated and moved on. This left only two of us to keep things running, which turned out to be a lot more difficult than we expected.

As well, attracting new membership has always been difficult. Years ago we were already having conversations about how to attract more students to the club with the hopes that they would become interested in becoming executives to help plan and execute events. Barriers to attracting new faces have been that many students choose not to get involved with clubs and most of the ones that do aren’t looking to get involved with our type of advocacy. Most of our executive members have been people who helped create the club or sought it out because they were passionate about what it stood for.

Sadly, it’s gotten to a point where we don’t feel the club can continue as before. One of us will be graduating soon and the other is going to be on co-op for the next 8 months. We just don’t seem to have the time, people, or student interest to keep this ship afloat for much longer. So, we’ve decided to let the club go dormant until such a time that other students come along to revitalize it.

If you’re reading this and you’re an SFU student who would like to kickstart this club back to life, reach out to us on Facebook or our email. We’ll keep them monitored and we’d love to see somebody pick up the pieces.

Much love to you all! Be kind to each other and let the men and boys in your life know that you value them. Above all else, be the change you want to see in this world.

March 21st – The Fentanyl Crisis: A Men’s Health Perspective

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FREE TO ATTEND

Tuesday, March 21st @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room TBA)
515 West Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

4 out of 5 fentanyl deaths in B.C. are males. What are we to make of this deadly gender disparity? Join SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys for a special presentation by Dr. Dan Bilsker, who will explore the Fentanyl crisis from a men’s health perspective.

Featured Speaker

Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who works in the areas of men’s health, knowledge translation and psychological safety in the workplace. He is a partner in Psych Health & Safety Consulting (www.psychsafety.org) and holds academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Prof., UBC and Adjunct Prof., SFU.

References

Bilsker D, Goldenberg R, Davison J (2010) A Roadmap to Men’s Health. (https://www.sfu.ca/carmha/publications/roadmap-to-mens-health.html).
Bilsker D, White J (2011). The silent epidemic of male suicide. British Columbia Medical Journal 53: 529-534.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

March 9th – Do Men Need Feminism?

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FREE TO ATTEND

Thursday, March 9th @ 6:30pm
***VENUE CHANGE – Vancouver Public Library* (Central Branch)
Peter Kaye Room (downstairs)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

Featured Speaker:
Diana Davison

A popular vlogger on gender issues, freedom of speech, and feminist interventions in the legal system, Diana is known for her well researched videos addressing the growing challenges facing men in the courtroom. Encouraging members of the public to take an interest in the legal system and to add their voices to the discussion, Diana has become a strong voice in a community concerned with protecting and preserving civil rights.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal

DOWNLOAD The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (Sept 2016)

Recently an interesting post by an anonymous user was shared by SFU Confessions, a Facebook page where students “can send your deepest, darkest confessions and [they] will post it up anonymously!”:

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In September of 2016 SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys (SFUAMB) submitted a new proposal to the SFSS for a Men’s Centre. In response the SFSS requested that a needs assessment be conducted to determine the needs of the community on campus. In October SFUAMB submitted a grant proposal to fund research towards that end and is still awaiting feedback.

Do you support a Men’s Centre at SFU? If so, here’s what you can do about it:

  1. Read our SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (SFUMC)
  2. Email the SFSS and tell them why you support a Men’s Centre on campus –> go@sfss.ca
  3. Like and comment the SFU confession featured above.

NOV.20TH – The Red Pill screening!

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ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT! — A grouping of tickets will be available at the door on the event day (first come, first serve). Registration opens at 2pm.

Free to attend
Registration required (via link)

“When a feminist filmmaker sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs.”
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7n_XA40V8

2:30pm–6pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room #1900)
515 West Hastings St.

Join us for a one-day only screening of the highly anticipated feature documentary about gender equality and the Men’s Rights Movement, The Red Pill: A feminist’s journey into the men’s rights movement.

Featuring SPECIAL GUESTS for a post-film discussion:

  1. JohnTheOther
  2. Diana Davison
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Hosted by SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

Oct 24th (and Oct 25th!) Events – The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

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SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys and CAFE Vancouver present 2 events on domestic violence in October:

Monday, Oct.24th “She Hits Me”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown)
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

She Hits Me: The Hidden Side Of Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Alexandra Lysova, Assistant Professor of Criminoloy at SFU

*Free snacks and beverages will be made available.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subjected or well-versed.

A similar proportion of men and women experienced domestic violence during the five years prior to the 2009 Statistics Canada survey. Among men, 6.0% or about 585,000, encountered spousal violence during this period, compared with 6.4% or 601,000 women. In Canada more women than men report being pushed, shoved or slapped while more men than women report being kicked, bit, or hit with something.

Numerous other studies indicate virtual parity of male/female domestic violence victims – but what resources are made available to men? Join us for an informative evening on why the problem of intimate partner violence won’t go away when only one gender is given consideration.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Alexandra Lysova’s PhD thesis focused on the study of intimate partner violence where she found “200 studies that document equal rates of IPV perpetration by women and men.” Dr. Lysova is working towards correcting the record through research that IPV is not a gendered problem and that male victims are faced today with little to no resources to help them.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

Tuesday, Oct.25th “Untold Suffering”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #2020/2030
Limited Seating
Contact: pjohnston@equalitycanada.com

UNTOLD SUFFERING: The Whole Story on Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Associate Professor of Psychiatry @ UBC

*Catering generously made available by UBC Engineering Department.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subject or well-versed.

Join us for an important, educational event on the untold story – the whole story – on domestic violence in Canada. The public and media have beliefs about domestic violence that are contradicted by years of research evidence — and these uninformed notions are leading to ineffective public policy changes. Without the whole story we risk perpetuating the problem and even making it worse for DV victims.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, SFU, and Senior Research Fellow at the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Nicholls is a forensic psychologist with research interests at the intersection of law and mental health.

Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

OCT.8TH -EXPAND THE INQUIRY!

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*FREE ADMISSION*
Oct.8th @ 6:30pm
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown), 515 W Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com
Featured Speaker: Dr. Adam Jones (additional guest speakers TBA)
RSVP via our Facebook page to ensure yourself a seat!

Free coffee and snacks will be made available.

SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys is pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Jones for his 2nd presentation on behalf of our club. He will give a presentation on the need for missing and murdered indigenous men to be included in the national inquiry.

There has been a lot of recent focus in the media on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and rightfully so. However, it is troubling that no space in the discourse has been reserved for the status of indigenous men. Indigenous men are murdered at more than twice the rate of that of indigenous women. Furthermore, no funded research has been directed toward investigating the statistics on missing cases.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Jones is a professor of Political Science at UBC Okanagan, and is an expert on gender, genocide, and masculinity. In early 2016 he launched a petition for a gender-inclusive inquiry.