CONFERENCE 2021 ITINERARY

DATE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021

LOCATION CLUBHOUSE

4:00 – 6:00 pm | REGISTRATION

6:00 – 9:00 pm | MEET and GREET Social (Cash Bar)

  • WELCOME and MSABC Report – Mike Jennings, MSABC President Share-Connect-Learn – 5-minute briefs from each Men’s Shed

DATE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021

LOCATION NORMAN RUDY’S

7:00 – 8:30 am | REGISTRATION and BREAKFAST BUFFET

LOCATION GARIBALDI ROOM

8:30 – 8:45 am | WELCOME – Plan for the day Robert Goluch, President, Squamish Men’s Shed Society

8:45 – 9:00 am | OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING Her Worship Mayor Karen Elliott, Mayor of Squamish

9:00 – 10:30 am | PLENARY SESSION

  • Panel Discussion
    • The Importance of Community Partnerships for Men’s Sheds – Optimizing Knowledge, Expertise, and Resources to Better our Communities Chair: Derek Walton – Pemberton Men’s Shed
      • Karen Elliott, Mayor of Squamish
      • Kahir Lalji, Provincial Director, Government Relations and Programs, United Way British Columbia

10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee break

10:45 – 10:50 Wellness Exercise with Shakya

10:50 – 12:00 PLENARY SESSION

Interactive Panel Discussion

  • Social, Physical and Mental Well-Being of Shedders
  • Stories to Share
  • Chair: Canon Donald Lawton, Squamish Men’s Shed Society
    • Nelson Winterburn, Squamish Men’s Shed Society
    • Ron Embree, Vanderhoof Men’s Shed – John Stafford, Fraser Lake Men’s Shed
    • David Torrance, Coquitlam Men’s Shed

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch

  • National Report: Doug Mackie – Winnipeg, MB

1:30 – 1:35 Wellness Exercise with Shakya

1:35 – 2:15 pm PLENARY SESSION

  • Top Ten Woodworking Tips and Jigs
  • Colin Knecht – You Tube Woodworker – Ladysmith, BC

2:15 – 2:30 pm PLENARY SESSION

  • Surviving Old Age and Other Hopeless Quests – David Gayton, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Squamish Men’s Shed Society Member

2:30 – 3:15 pm PLENARY SESSION

  • The Men’s Shed Movement – A UWHA Perspective
  • Chair: Robert Goluch, Vice President MSABC
    • Kahir Lalji, Provincial Director, Government Relations and Programs, United Way British Columbia
    • Barbara McMillan, Provincial Coordinator – Community Engagement, Population Health, United Way British Columbia

3:15 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:30 – 3:35 Wellness Exercise with Shakya

3:35 – 5:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Chair: The Rev Scott P. Agur – Comox Men’s Shed

Session One

  • How to Start Sheds and Strengthen Existing Ones – The Men’s Shed Vernon Story. Learn about the key elements of starting and developing a Shed
  • Chair: David Friesen – Chair, Men’s Shed Vernon

Session Two

  • How do we strengthen MSABC – Sharing Your Ideas
  • Chair: Mike Jennings, President – MSABC

Session Three

  • The Importance of Media Relations for Sheds
  • Chair: Jennifer Thuncher, Editor – The Squamish Chief

5:00 – 6:00 pm Hotel Checkout

LOCATION GARIBALDI ROOM

6:00 – 8:00 pm Wind up Dinner

  • The Men’s Shed Movement – the Company of Men – Dr. Barry Golding – Author / Keynote Guest Speaker (Virtual)
  • Virtual Greetings from David Helmers – Executive Officer – Australian Men’s Shed Association
  • Book Launch of Dr. Barry Golding’s Second Book – Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement

Evaluation/End of Conference

Thursday, Oct 28, 2021:

  • 7:30 – 11:00 Hotel check out and departures for longer distance Shedders

Thank you Robert

Great conference, personally I can’t thank Robert, Squamish, everyone who took part and everyone who attended enough for making this such a success. It is going to be a hard act to follow. Maybe we can get every shedder in the province out to the next one. Did you notice that, while we were at the conference, the federal government made Carolyn Bennett the Minister of Men’s Sheds (some call her the minister for mental health and addictions)? As most Sheds have a great relationship with their MP, I suggest that we get in touch with them and let them know that we are here to support her in this new roll and to make sure that she knows about all the great work Men’s Sheds are doing in their riding. This should help Doug in his efforts to get recognition on the national stage. We also need to do the same thing with our own Minister of Men’s Sheds, She Malcolmson. She is the MLA for Nanaimo.

All the best. Mike Jennings. Men Helping Men help their Minister of Men’s Sheds.