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The Mates of Menslink initiative engages high-profile Canberran men to support the work of Menslink and act as role models for young guys and men in our community.


Mates of Menslink are good local men in the community who come along to events like the Menslink Midweeker or our monthly mentoring activities (called Linkups) to talk candidly about their life experiences, use their profile to promote the work of Menslink or just hang out with the young guys in our programs.IMG_0035

Mates of Menslink know that blokes need positive role models. They understand the importance of having mates you can talk to about issues and stuff in your life and they’re not afraid to admit that they’ve had problems too – no matter how successful they are.

Being a mate of Menslink’s isn’t a huge time commitment but can make a huge difference as people (whether young guys, parents or just people in the community) hear them share their stories of good times and bad and how they’ve overcome challenges in their life to get to where they are now.

IMG_0145aMates of Menslink come from all walks of life: famous sports people past and present, politicians, senior executives, business leaders, authors, policemen, comedians – often a combination of many of the above! We welcome anyone who could be a positive role model for our young guys – just get in contact with our CEO to talk about how you could get involved.

Here’s a sample of some of Menslink’s mates:


  • Alan Clements, former Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Alan Tongue, former Raiders captain
  • Andrew Barr, Deputy Chief Minister ACT
  • Andrew Blyth, former CEO ACT Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Leigh, Federal Labor politician
  • Andrew Wall, Liberal MLA and Youth Spokesperson
  • Ben Alexander, Brumbies and Wallby forward
  • Brett McNamara, Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service
  • Cade Brown, former ACT and PMXI cricketer, PWC Director
  • Cam Sulling, MIX 106.3 radio announcer
  • Chris Bourke, ACT Labor MLA and former Menslink mentor
  • Clyde Rathbone, former Brumby and Wallaby
  • David Lamont, former ACT Deputy Chief Minister
  • David Morrison AO, former Chief of Army
  • David Shillington, former senior Raiders player
  • Dayne Rathbone, comedian
  • Eoghan O’Byrne, former Canberra FM General Manager
  • Gary Humphries, former ACT Chief Minister and Senator
  • Glenn Keyes, Founder and CEO Aspen Medical
  • Ian Meikle AM, owner and editor of Canberra CityNews
  • Jay Sullivan, comedian
  • Joe Roff, former Wallaby and CEO University of Canberra Union
  • Mark Vergano, GM Community Rugby Canberra Raiders
  • Marcus Paul, 2CC radio announcer
  • Michael Milton, Paralympian & Australian speed skiing record holder
  • Pat McCabe, former Brumby and Wallaby
  • Paul Trezise – former local Vinnies CEO
  • Paul Vaughan, Raider front rower
  • Paul Walshe, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at ActewAGL
  • Philip Clark, ABC 666 radio announcer
  • Richard Agnew, mountaineer, summitted the highest peaks in all seven continents
  • Richard Luton, CEO Luton Properties
  • Ricky Stuart, Raiders head coach
  • Roman Quadvlieg, CEO Australian Border Force, former Chief Police Officer ACT
  • Rudi Lammers, former ACT Chief Police Officer
  • Shane Rattenbury, Greens MLA and Minister
  • Simon Corbell,  former Deputy Chief Minister
  • Stephen Hodge, former Olympic & Tour de France cyclist
  • Stephen Larkham, Brumbies head coach
  • Stephen Parker, former Vice Chancellor at University of Canberra
  • Tim Gavel, ABC Radio Sport’s Canberra broadcaster
  • Tim Kirk, Chief Winemaker, Clonakilla Wines
  • Zed Seselja, Federal Liberal Senator and former Menslink mentor

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