Join us Nov. 17 for the Canadian Centre for Men and Families - Ottawa Gala Dinner

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here.

The CCMF-O is an inclusive, safe place in Ottawa-Gatineau where men and boys can go when they need help, including therapy and counseling, peer support, a legal clinic, fathering programs, mentorship and support services for male victims of trauma and violence.

This year’s Gala will feature Joe Enberg’s tale of hardship and recovery, as well as updates on the Centre’s work, a fine buffet and the Capital City Chorus Barbershop Quartet, as well as a silent and live auction to assist in funding the Centre for the coming year.

If you want to know why our work is important, watch this testimonial video from men who’ve benefited from having a safe place to turn to when they need one.

Wish I'd said that - October 11, 2019

“Man must be taught to see things as symbols – must be trained to use them for effect, and never for themselves. Above all, the door of delight must remain firmly closed.”

Some bright young devil's pitch to Satan at a board meeting in Hell in Robert Capon The Supper of the Lamb p. 111 (hence Capon’s imagined “Harry” who on p. 112 refuses noodles with the Chicken Paprikash because he’s counting calories. “There are, to be sure, greater blasphemies than that against the goodness of creation; but none illustrates better the fundamental antimaterialism of the age. Harry sits in front of one of the finest and simplest goods in the world, and he begs off, not because he does not like it, but because he has ceased to see it. Noodles, for him, are not unique and delightful beings; they have become an abstract subject called highly caloric food. No matter to him that Martha made the noodles herself – that he has before him something he will not meet again for years: He turns them down precisely because they are, to him, no matter at all. It is calories, not noodles, that count…. How sad, then, to see real beings – Harry and all his fellow calorie counters – living their lives in abject terror of things that do not even go bump in the night.”