Men's conference focuses on balance
Men have to perform a balancing act between work and family. Sometimes it isn't as easy as we think.
Meeting rigid deadlines at work while remembering to pick up milk and to take the children to hockey and dance can be stressful. And, what do you mean we have to go to the doctor or dentist for a check-up once in a while? Isn't that just for children?
The second annual men's conference in Camrose will help males find that balance during the Friday, April 27, workshop at the Camrose Golf Course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "We want a diverse group of men to attend this conference," said organizer Clarence Hastings. "Danny Hooper breaks it down to having a daily check list. It gives him a sense of setting goals to accomplish on a daily, weekly and monthly basis."
The Camrose and District Support Services, Rural Community Program is organizing the A Better Balance men’s conference.
The work-life balance focus of this conference will equip participants with information and tools to cope with the stresses specific to men at work and at home.
The conference will be hosted by Danny Hooper, master of ceremonies, motivational speaker, auctioneer and entertainer. Workshop presenters also include, Dr. David Long from the King's University College in Edmonton, local entrepreneur Colin Millang and health specialist Roger Millard who will have everyone sharing in the fun and be an invaluable part of the conference experience. "Colin will be talking about health and life issues. There is a real separation between men who need support and men who actually go get support," said Clarence.
"As guys, we think "suck it up." But, as humans we still need support and that is something we struggle with as men. From my preventive point of view, I want guys to be aware of potential problems. It is okay to reach out."
Designed specifically for men, this one-day conference will support small- and medium-sized employers, their male employees and all men involved in agriculture, with tools and networking opportunities in order to maximize their performance by addressing men’s wellness.
"Laugh so hard that even sorrow smiles at you, fight so strong that even fate accepts defeat, love so true that even hatred walks out of the way," said presenter Roger Millard. "Live life so well that even death loves to see you exist."
Clarence added, "With local resources and provincial information, the one-day men's conference will provide men with the tools to use in their workplace and at home. Using a wellness wheel approach, the conference will be structured to ensure employers have sufficient knowledge to support male employees. This conference will address some misconceptions. We want everyone to live a healthy, balanced life."
Cost to attend the conference is $25, which includes a man’s steak lunch and live auction. For more information and to register, call Clarence Hastings at 780-672-0141 or go on the www.camrosefcss.ca web site. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, April 20.
Donated items will be auctioned to help raise funds to cover the cost of the conference and to ensure it is held again next year. "This is a great opportunity to make connections with others and meet people, while having some fun," said Clarence.