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June 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Nathan Spiteri

June 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Actor and Writer and local Canberran, Nathan, was sexually abused as an eight-year-old at a local swimming pool which then lead to years of manipulation from his attacker. He moved to New York to pursue his passion for acting and starred in independent films, TV commercials, and stage productions. Nathan’s recently released book, Toy Cars, tells the story of his abuse and trauma addiction and violence and came about after his psychologist's suggestion to write down his experience as a form of Therapy. Nathan is now a Child Sex Abuse Activist amongst the ongoing development of his artistic career and hopes his story can help others. Content warning: We advise that this session may be triggering to some individuals and content may be graphically described or confronting in nature. Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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July 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Robert Cook

July 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Bob has over 25 years of experience working in the Australian legal system and in 2013 was appointed a Magistrate for the ACT. In this role, Bob presides over legal proceedings in the ACT Children’s Court. It’s here that he crosses paths with numerous young people in desperate situations and who have hit rock bottom early in life. Bob’s judgments and the legal system surrounding him play an important next step in their futures. Bob's formative legal experience was developed over 20 years in the RAAF as a senior legal officer and a prosecuting officer was a partner in multiple private practices and has served in multiple roles in the ACT tribunals system. Join us to hear how his deep, lived personal and professional experience with the justice system brought him to where he is now and what he has learned along the way. Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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August 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Ben Farrinazzo

August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Remarkable physical strength helped Ben Farrinazzo, former Australian Army officer, to achieve two gold medals at the Invictus Games. His mental strength is the real story of his success at the Invictus Games. Mr Farinazzo's journey to the Games began with his deployment to East Timor in the late 1990s, something he regards as a highlight of his career because of the deep emotional connection he forged with the locals. However, his service left him with emotional scars, eventually being diagnosed with PTSD. Ben Decided to use sport as a way to get on top of his physical and mental health, a fall on his mountain bike set him back again after breaking his neck and back in five places. In Hospital, Ben had to learn to walk again and it was in here that he had some important realisations about how to cope with life's challenges. Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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September 2021

Menslink Business Breakfast 2021

September 21 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am

The Menslink Business Breakfast is our annual business fundraising event and draws hundreds of business leaders from across Canberra to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other community-minded people, and support the great work of Menslink. The Menslink Business Breakfast continues its tradition in 2021 of hosting important speakers on issues of critical importance to the Canberra Community. This years Breakfast will be held at the QT Hotel and avaialble to stream online, with Speakers announced in June…

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Menslink Midweeker with Bill Stefaniak

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia

Bill Stefaniak is a former Major in the Australian Army Reserve, former leader of the Opposition in the ACT, President of long term Menslink supporter 'ACT Veteran's Rugby Club'  and currently the Appeals President of the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal. Throughout his lifetime Bill has shown great leadership and determination. In 2018 Bill experienced an enormous family tragedy, losing a son in a horrific car accident and enduring the subsequent investigations. This event understandably changed his life forever.   https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/angela-smith-jozef-stefaniak-canberra-sentence/10916646   Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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October 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Dion Devow

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Dion has over 20 years of experience working in and around community development and has established two successful businesses. Dion was awarded ACT NAIDOC Person of The Year for 2016. Dion is also an Ambassador for Indigenous Community Volunteers and was appointed to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body. Dion was deeply honoured by being named ACT Australian of the Year 2018. He hopes to use this profile to encourage Indigenous business and to progress the many social initiatives he has established. Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their…

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