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October 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Dave Oliver

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Rugby union has been a part of Dave's life for longer than he can remember. It was never something he just did on weekends. It became his identity. Dave started playing when he was at Cranbrook after moving to Sydney for school when I was 12, then joined Easts. Eventually he became a manager and a coach at the club. He knew he was gay at about age 17. He struggled to come to terms with what was going on through his late teens, hoping it may have been fleeting bi-sexuality. But he hid his sexuality for 18 years,  struggling with addiction as he tried to cope with the shame he felt. Dave has been in recovery for three years and after some serious soul searching he now wants to tell as many people as possible, mainly blokes, that things are going to be OK. Dave intends to build a resource for presentation to students and rugby players to share his story and raise awareness about toxic shame and why it is important to have genuinely inclusive rugby clubs. 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 families.…

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November 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Matt Davis

November 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - February 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Matt Davis is one of Menslinks amazing mentors who has committed to spending the next two years mentoring a young guy who needs the guidance of a resilient adult male. in 2014 Matt was fixing a fuel line on his motorbike in his garage when a petrol fuled explosion took place causing burns to 60% of his body and destroying his home. Matthew spent months in Sydney's Concord Hospital, battling septicemia, pneumonia and kidney failure and then re-learning how to eat, stand, sit, shower, turn a doorknob and walk. Matt's story is one of inner strength and resilience, embodying what menslink is all about. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6067505/canberras-matthew-davis-recovers-from-life-changing-burns/ 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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December 2020

Menslink Midweeker with Barnie van Wyk

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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Mr Barnie van Wyk commenced his role as the new CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn in February 2017. He has 21 years of international board and strategic experience in governance, change management, business, operational risk management, sales and financial management in the Private, Public and Not for Profit Sectors. He has managed companies with structured investment portfolios in excess of $1.5 billion, provided leadership to businesses of up to 300 staff with a service/output culture.  He introduced and managed the establishment of newly created businesses and organisational structures with all audit and compliance requirements, and participated as part of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) launch team to launch the first 15 trial sites across Australia. 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 families.…

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February 2021

Menslink Midweeker with Bill Stefaniak

February 24, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, 16 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603 Australia
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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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