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Father’s Day on the Hill is an annual event that brings together Members of Parliament from all parties, key mental health stakeholders and policy makers to discuss mental health with a focus on men and fathers. 

 

This non-partisan initiative is led by Matt Jeneroux with help from Members of Parliament Majid Jowhari and Gord Johns and in partnership with Movember and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In past years, our event has featured prominent Canadian men including Peter Mansbridge, Bryan Baeumler, Georges Laraque among others.

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Movember’s Family Man is the world’s first online parenting program designed with dads in mind, helping to navigate tricky parenting situations, particularly in children aged 2-8 years old. The free, online course is designed to equip parents, particularly dads, with the practical skills needed to help cope with frustrating situations with an ultimate goal of improving their mental wellbeing by empowering them to feel more confident and engaged in the parenting process. The free evidence-based online course is currently comprised of three modules and built with time-poor dads in mind, taking only an hour to complete. The program is available in English and French.

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Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men's health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world. In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives. The charity's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. To donate or learn more, please visit Movember.com.

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.

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Matt Jeneroux

Matt is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend. A long-time resident of south Edmonton, Matt is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. While serving as an MLA, Matt successfully introduced a Private Member’s Bill for Compassionate Care Leave legislation, the first of its kind in the history of Alberta. The legislation provides a leave of absence for an employee while taking care of a terminally ill loved one. At the federal level, Matt had a Private Member’s Bill to extend bereavement leave for Canadian employees pass unanimously in the House of Commons in May 2021. Additionally, Matt has also taken a leading role in advocating for support for mental health initiatives with a particular focus on addressing the stigma of mental health in young men, through his annual Father’s Day on the Hill event, and increased advocacy for young girls involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields of study and work by co-sponsoring an event with LEGO on Parliament Hill.

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Majid Jowhari 

Majid Jowhari is a Canadian Liberal politician who represents the riding of Richmond Hill in the House of Commons of Canada. He was first elected in the 2015 federal election and was re-elected in 2019. As the first federal nominee and candidate of Iranian heritage, Jowhari is also the Founder of the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus and holds roles on Parliamentary Committees, Parliamentary Associations, and Interparliamentary Groups. With a passion for mental health, Jowhari is actively involved in advocating for this matter through his work in Parliament and was named as Parliamentary Mental Health Champion by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). Jowhari's dedication to his constituency is also illustrated through his work in establishing the Richmond Hill Constituency Youth Council and securing significant amounts of funding for programs and policies that benefit the community.

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Gord Johns

As MP since 2015, Gord has fought to bring the voices of Courtenay-Alberni to Parliament.  He continues to advocate for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and for universal pharmacare, dental care and affordable housing.

 

He has collaborated with local governments in the riding for historic investment in infrastructure, environmental mitigation and with small businesses and tourism operators for emergency benefits to protect jobs and solvency during the pandemic. 

Gord has spoken the most frequently on local issues in the history of the riding and achieved unanimous approval by all parties for motions on combating ocean plastics and support for veterans. He has sponsored legislation to transition away from open pen fish farms, to create an Indigenous led Auxiliary Coast Guard Program and support for local farmers markets.