What we did last year.
The Men's Center Executive has continued to
meet every second Tuesday, keeping the activities and goals of
the center moving forward. Some of our accomplishments, since our
building closed in December 1996 are as follows:
Phone line (370-4636, 370-4MEN) is still open
and referrals to counsellors, to active men's groups, workshops
and courses have numbered in the 100's. Calls and visits have
We have maintained the VMC and the support groups (Fathers For
Equality, The Talking Circle and Fathers Rights Action Group) at
the James Bay Community Project at a cost of $100/ month. With NO
We have purchased a Post Office Box (P.O. 8082, Victoria B.C.,
We held an all candidates meeting concerning men's issues (100
attended, bigger than any other all candidates meeting). We
attended every all candidates meeting in greater Victoria, as
well as phoned in to the Cable 11 meeting. We attended the
women's all candidate meeting, and made our points respectfully.
We have phoned and been guests on TV, radio (Cross Country
Checkup, Almanac, local/regional) and given interviews to the
press on all kinds of men's issues.
We have written letters to Statistics Canada pointing out bias.
We have supported two (Spring & Fall) protest rally's at the
We have aided two new groups forming in Naniamo and Penticton and
other local projects put forth by counsellors.
We have written to the Justice Minister, the Prime Minister and
other politicians concerning the new child tax laws, the Gove
Inquiry, the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission, supported Men's
Studies programs in education.
We supported Bill Hnidan (BC Men's Resource Center) when he came
We have responded to Internet and E-mail on issues concerning
We have gotten signatures for the National Action Committee for
Non-Custodial Parents (Ottawa) petition.
We have corrected misinformation on the closing of the centers'
We have helped 100's of men and indirectly women by providing
Since our building closed in December of last year we undertook a
search for a temporary site. We were successful in acquiring the
use of 547 Michigan St. We also aided the new Fathers Action
Group in acquiring a meeting place on Fort St. for their
activities. With successful lobbying for permanent funding we
hope to find a permanent home. Come and hear our current options.
We have clearly carried the load, !!!!!! WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW
!!!!!!!! We have fewer active board members currently, so there
is lots of room for concerned and dedicated men! We meet every
second Tuesday for about two hours.
VMC, Box 8082, Victoria B.C. V8W
3R7 -- Phone: 370-4MEN (370-4636) --- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org