About the Network

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The Alberta Men's Network was formed out of the collaborative, community based research of the Alberta Men’s Survey (AMS). The AMS was created by over 70 men and women and over 18 organizations committed to enhancing men’s roles in violence prevention.    

The AMS was distributed from July through October 2015 using Survey Monkey and through trained research assistants. A tremendous strength of the project was a culturally-diverse team of community-based research assistants. Supported by a leadership group of 18 organizations and numerous volunteers, the survey reached men in over 35 Alberta localities. Edmonton, Calgary and Sherwood Park were the top three cities that drew respondents.

Building men’s capacities to participate in gender-based violence prevention work is long overdue. Research shows that violence against women (VAW) and girls is a global phenomenon. In Canada, men commit the majority of sexual assaults, physical assaults with a weapon and homicides. Men and boys are also negatively impacted by male violence and rigid gender/sexuality stereotypes and expectations. Men’s perceptions and attitudes towards non-violent relationships and lifestyles are critical to inform supports, services and programs to prevent gender-based violence. While there is recognition of the important role of men in violence reduction initiatives, very little data exists in terms of what men need in order to build and sustain healthy relationships in Alberta. This lack of data contributes to the barriers that men face in accessing existing programming related to healthy relationships, as well as gaps in developing new services to address men’s needs.

It is our hope that the learning from the AMS will support the efforts of community members, governments and the numerous organizations that are working on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of preventative services that focus on men and boys. The AMS was supported through funding provided by United Way of Calgary and Area, the Alberta Human Rights, Education, and Multiculturalism Fund and The Calgary Foundation to the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, the Alberta Men’s survey is the first of its kind in Alberta in its focus, reach and level of collaboration.

The survey is dedicated in loving memory to Patrick Dillon, Manmeet Bhullar, and Andrew Mackenzie Robertson

For information about the Alberta Men’s Survey:

Liza Lorenzetti, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary: Lakloren@ucalgary.ca

Vic Lantion, Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary: vic.lantion@ecccalgary.com

Michael Hoyt, City of Edmonton: michael.hoyt@edmonton.ca

Dave Este, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary: deste@ucalgary.ca

 

The Alberta Men’s Survey Leadership Team includes: Alberta Father Involvement Initiative Alberta Human Rights CommissionCity of EdmontonStrathcona County Family & Community Services (Community & Social Development Sector), Edmonton/Evergreen Family Violence Committee, Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC)Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Beaumont Men’s Action Network Calgary (MAN-C)Men Edmonton (ME.)REACH EdmontonNorwood Family Centre, The Calgary FoundationUnited Way of Calgary and AreaUniversity of Calgary, Faculty of Social WorkCalgary Immigration Women's AssociationAssociation of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, and Calgary Sexual Health Centre.

The project also received tremendous support from many individuals, community members, and organizations who have contributed in different capacities in different phases of the initiative.

Project Supporters: Alberta Human Rights Commission, City of Edmonton, Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, The Calgary Foundation, United Way of Calgary and Area, and University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work.

Research Leads: Dave Este and Liza Lorenzetti. 

Research Advisor: Leslie Tutty.

Tool Development Leads: Abbas Mancey, Adrian Wolfleg, Arya Boustani, Binu Sebastian, Dario Ontolan, Dave Este, Derek Sehn, Derrick Osborne, Donna Brock, Ethel Stonechild, Fanny Oliphant, George Ishiekwene, Grant Neufeld, Joe Campbell, Justin Otteson, Kyle Mack, Lado Luala, Lemlem Haile, Liza Lorenzetti, Madan Nath, Marnie Lee, Michael Hoyt, Michael Lander, Patrick Dillon, Percy Murwisi, Rebecca Robertson, Ryan Valley, Teigist Dessalegn, Thomas Poulsen, Tim Fox, and Vic Lantion.

Research Coordinators: Amanda Ulrickson (Leduc), Brodie Stenthouse (Beaumont), Marg Clark (Sturgeon County), Michael Hoyt (Edmonton), Tracy Gravelle (Strathcona County), and Vic Lantion (Calgary).

Data Management and Analysis: Percy Murwisi.

Data Analysis: Abbas Mancey, Adrian Wolfleg, Aneesh Joseph, Bayo Ogunbote, Camilo Gil, Dave Este, Derrick Osborne, Erfan Tabarsi, Fanny Oliphant, Gautum Verma, Hemlata Sadhwani, Justin Otteson, Lemlem Haile, Leslie Tutty, Liza Lorenzetti, Michael Hoyt, Patrick Dillon, Percy Murwisi, Ryan Valley, Tatiana Ochsepkova, Veronika Ilich, Jeremiah Levine and Vic Lantion. 

Developmental Evaluation: Bayo Ogunbote, Denise Lysda Mitchell, Ethel Stonechild, Fanny Oliphant, and Liza Lorenzetti.

Videography: Arya Boustani, Grant Neufeld, and Hans Ocenar.

Training: Adrian Wolfleg, Bayo Ogunbote, Ethel Stonechild, Fanny Oliphant, Justin Otteson, Liza Lorenzetti, Michael Hoyt, Michael Lander, Percy Murwisi, Rebecca Robertson, Ryan Valley, and Vic Lantion.

Translations: Bela Gupta and Fanny Oliphant.

Encoding: Adrian Wolfleg, Fanny Oliphant, Patrick Breaker, and Percy Murwisi.

Resource Mobilization: Dave Este, Doug Murphy, Lemlem Haile, Liza Lorenzetti, Marichu Antonio, Martha Fanjoy, Michael Hoyt, Patrick Dillon, and Vic Lantion.

Media and Promotions: Abbas Mancey, Adrian Wolfleg, Dave Este, Justin Otteson, Liza Lorenzetti, Natalie Dawes, Ryan Valley and Vic Lantion.

Review of Related Literature: Madan Nath and Martha Fanjoy.

Launch Planning Committee: Abbas Mancey, Adrian Wolfleg, Aneesh Joseph, Bayo Ogunbote, Bela Gupta, Camilo Gil, Dave Este, Derek Sehn, Diana Wark, Fanny Oliphant, Grant Neufeld, Heather Morrison, Hemlata Sadhwani, Jeremiah Levine, Joe Campbell, Justin Otteson, Lemlem Haile, Liza Lorenzetti, Malik Walker, Martha Fanjoy, Michael Hoyt, Patrick Dillon, Percy Murwisi, Pol Ngeth, Ryan Valley, and Vic Lantion.

Dialogues:  Abbas Mancey, Bayo Ogunbote, Camilo Gil, Fanny Oliphant, Gautum Verma, Michael Hoyt, Percy Murwisi, Pol Ngeth, Veronika Ilich, Ryan Valley, Tatiana Ochsepkova, and Vic Lantion.

Reviewers: Dr. Dave Este, ECCC Research and Policy Committee, Project Partners and Alberta Men’s Survey Leadership Team.


In loving memory

Patrick Dillon: A founding member of the Alberta Men's Network

Patrick was a graduate of Vancouver Community College and dedicated his whole life to the service of others. He was a volunteer firefighter, which he often referred to as "the best job ever"; the architect of many human service organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Camrose, and the Today Family Violence Help Centre in Edmonton.

For many years, Patrick was a Family Violence and Bullying Prevention Coordinator with Central Alberta Child and Family Services (provincial government). In 2011 he assumed the role of Provincial Coordinator for the Alberta Father Involvement Initiative. Patrick took it from a fledgling organization to a provincial project that coordinated with national and international similar organizations. He coined the phrase "There is a DAD for that" and created resources and delivered seminars across the province to support communities and organizations to promote positive fathering. Patrick was a force of nature and wherever Patrick lived or worked, he changed the world for the better. One of the things that gave Patrick great joy was to be "Santa" at Christmas time. There are countless children into whose lives he brought a bit of magic each year. He also had an incredible network of friends and colleagues who will miss him.


Patrick was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and grew up across the country including Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. After he and Kelly were married in 2009, they settled in Edmonton. A forever Green Bay Packers fan, Patrick lived life like it was an adventure – he loved volleyball, sailing, photography and last year fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a motor home. He was looking forward to camping trips with Kelly and Eggbert this summer and exploring new places together. 

 

Manmeet Bhullar: Yes, Manmeet... "this world needs healing"

Manmeet Bhullar, was a dynamic leader who consistently supported noble causes.  Born, raised and lived in northeast (NE) Calgary, he graduated from Lester Pearson High School. Manmeet earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Athabasca University and Law degree from the University of Windsor.

Manmeet was a true champion of equality and inclusion. As one of Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary’s Youth Caucus volunteers in 2006, he joined youth leaders to raise awareness and engage ethno-cultural youth in addressing racial discrimination. He went on to become Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the northeast constituency of Calgary-Montrose in 2008 (now called Calgary Greenway). He was the youngest member to be elected to Alberta’s 27th legislature. As MLA, Manmeet was one of legislators who echoed voices of impacted groups in the Parliament to protect vulnerable population against hate speech in the Human Rights Bill. On the 2015 United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Manmeet shared his story as a child who was bullied in school, but determined to face and challenge the barriers that confront him and many youth like him.

As Minister  for  various government ministries, he was well known for getting results. He helped get the Genesis Centre built and several schools were also constructed in NE Calgary. In fact, one school to be opened on 2017 is named after him. In addition, he used data to build better systems for children, fought to change unfair cell phone rules and passed laws to protect consumers.

Manmeet was a passionate advocate for children and their families from ensuring facilities were in place like the Parent Link Centre in NE Calgary, new playgrounds and upgrades of parks, and new rink boards, to legislation for children who die in care in Alberta, providing greater transparency, truth, and options to parents. He made sure to meet personally with members of the community to seek the voice and participation in transforming the child welfare system.

It was in his dedication for equality and inclusion, and advocacy for children and families that Manmeet’s work crossed path with the Alberta Men’s Network (AMN).  Manmeet and the AMN knew very well that adverse childhood experiences particularly child abuse could affect the child’s future significantly and could be cyclical where abused children may likely grow up to become abusers themselves. He shared in his speech at the Alberta Men’s Survey launch the importance of knowing what are the capacities, supports, services and resources needed by men to prevent this and to promote healthy relationships. He emphasized that something had to be done and few minutes before he left  the Alberta Men’s Survey event at the University of Calgary on November 23, 2015, he left a lasting message through twiteer – “this world needs healing”. Indeed this was one of his last tweets. Manmeet Bhullar was killed on the QE2 highway after he stopped to help another motorist that had been involved in a crash.

This message served as inspiration of the Alberta Men’s Network and a wellspring of hope and strength of the men and women in carrying out the recommendations of Alberta Men’s Survey. Manmeet’s memory, legacy, and dream for a better world will continue to live in our hearts. Yes, Manmeet, there are still so much work to do on equality and inclusion… infrastructure and facilities to ensure children and families live in a violence-free world…to end the cycle of violence… and we agree…”this world needs healing”.   

Andrew Mackenzie RobertsonA Founding Member of Alberta Men’s Network

Andrew Mackenzie Robertson, known friends and family as “Andy” and “Andy-Mac,” was a beloved son, brother and friend who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 25. Andy was one of the many participants who attended the multi-agency training day held by the Alberta Men’s Survey team in the spring of 2015. As a young Indigenous man, Andy was proud to contribute to the discussion surrounding the accessibility of mental health supports and services for men (especially services for Indigenous youth and communities).

            Born and raised in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Andy was a dedicated athlete who excelled at skateboarding, hockey, skiing, soccer, skidooing, snowboarding, Arctic sports (and pretty much any other activity requiring kinesthetic abilities!). Andy loved being outdoors and going out on the land, and became a skilled tradesperson in his adult years, excelling at carpentry, cabinet making, framing, welding, roofing, landscaping and many other trade skills. Andy often acted as a mentor and support for boys and other young men in his community; he also openly recognized the need for well-funded, supportive and accessible mental services for men of all ages across Canada.

 


 

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