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Healthy Families Week Photo Round Up

Hi everyone,
During our first annual “Healthy Fathers Make Healthy Families” week, CAFE hosted or participated in seven events in seven days. Below and in a subsequent email are some photos showcasing some of our amazing volunteers hard at work on behalf of a great cause. Enjoy!
A very special thanks to Denise Fong for having taken such spectacular photos.

York Pride Fest

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Healthy Fathers Make Healthy Families – Word on the Street

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Prostate Walk

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Father’s Day Picnic
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Golf Tournament 2017

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First Responder’s Unity Festival (in celebration of Pride)
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CAFE AGM Elects New Board of Directors

CAFE AGM Elects New Board of Directors

Thank you to the nearly 50 people who participated in our Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017. We want to especially acknowledge all candidates in this year’s election for the Board of directors. The level of participation is testament to the growth of CAFE.

The membership approved an updated and much modernized set of National By-Laws which will support our organization’s growing governance and infrastructure. Click here to read the new CAFE By-Laws

With the passage of these bylaws, henceforth Directors will serve a staggered 2 year term, with 6 out of 12 Director positions elected at each AGM.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors:

Elected to a 2 year term:
Robert Samery
Paulette MacDonald
David Shackleton
Gayatri Navaratnam
Edward Sullivan
Denise Fong

Elected to a 1 year term:
Paul Sandor
Andrew Tramontin
Mark Austerberry
Kevin Arriola
James Brown
Geoff Stone

Thank you for joining us from all across Canada. We had representation from Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, London, Toronto and points beyond!

See you all again very soon.

Justin Trottier

My Presentation to an All Girls Class

I had a great time last week presenting on men’s issues to a classroom at the Toronto all girls school Madonna Catholic Secondary School.
The invitation came from four students as part of their class project around gender equality. The response was overwhelmingly positive. The questions were intelligent and sympathetic, including queries regarding the biggest issues for which our clients need help, why I joined CAFE and what are our biggest challenges in raising awareness of men’s issues. It was a very positive and engaging experience.
Thank you to the students and teacher in this amazing class!

Get CAFE to the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017!

Help Ensure Full Canadian Participation in the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017!The International Shared Parenting Conference in Boston May 29-30 is shaping up to be a landmark event, bringing together most of the world’s leading researchers focused on improving the welfare of children in separated and divorced families.

Father involvement is a key area of CAFE’s mandate and the reason many of you joined the organization. Whether advancing policy reform to make our family justice system just, or increasing our legal and support services to alienated fathers and children, we would gain tremendously through our participation in this conference.

Here’s the good news. CAFE Board members Paulette MacDonald and Robert Samery are leading Canadian authorities on parental alienation and veterans of equal parenting policy reform. They’re lining up critical meetings with experts from around the world at the Boston Conference.

Now we need you to help get them there.

Click here to make a special one-time donation so CAFE can participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity!

A Message from Paulette MacDonald

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) and former Co-President of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council (CEPC), I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of attending the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017 in Boston.

Having said that, I need your help to make this happen. Pease support my trip to this great event so that I can continue my advocacy work in pursuing family law reforms in the best interest of the children in Canada.

There is now intense interest in the apparently powerful effects of family structure on children’s outcomes. This timely conference will explore 40 years of research on how children fare in different post-divorce parenting arrangements.

Research suggests that fully half of troubled children and adolescents derive from conflicted, separated and divorced families. The conference offers the rare opportunity to interact with leading legal and mental health scholars from around the world on this important topic. The program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and break-out workshops.

Given the high prevalence of conflicted, separated and divorced families, this conference will be of great benefit to all varieties of child and family practitioners and scholars, including any who deal with family policy, family law, psychology, child mental and physical health, alienation, domestic violence or family dynamics.

Please help CAFE take full advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from so many distinguished scholars from Australia to Europe to North America, any of whom would qualify as a keynote speaker, all at one conference.


CAFE Adopts New Bilingualism Policy

Canadian Association for Equality

Bilingualism Policy

Board of Directors Approval Date: May 11, 2017

Given CAFE’s focus on advancing education by providing evidence-based research and balanced information, and conducting inclusive conversations, it is acknowledged that access to CAFE’s information and services should be available to speakers of both of Canada’s two official languages (English and French). CAFE is committed to making available its key educational materials in both languages and with providing services in an official language wherever there is a substantial population speaking this language. We will implement this policy as far as we can given our financial and human resources.