After only half-a-year of meetings, the Portage Men's Shed is halfway to their first milestone.
The Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) has created a place for men to meet, chat, and play board and/or card games. Aaron Pierre, the Indigenous Seniors Resource Coordinator at the PCRC says that he could not be happier with the outcome in the six months that they have been in Portage.
"Yeah, it's been really successful. We've got a pretty consistent number of attendees that are coming, so we're getting comfortable with each other and even the guys that partnered with McMunn and Yates Building Supplies to build a shed," he continues. "That opportunity just gave us some other bonding time and inside jokes were kind of formed. But, on top of that. we were still coming to the Tuesday night meetings, so we weren't losing focus on the bigger group."
Pierre notes that he has noticed even more community involvement that makes him thankful not only to be a integral part of the Men's Shed, but also a Portager.
"It feels great, I can say I got Men's Shed up and running. Mitch (Portage Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator at the PCRC) said, 'I'm the face of the Men's Shed.' It is great to see them getting more noticed in public, people offering to help organize and get us even more noticed."
The organizer notes that they are always looking for more people to come to meetings and "meet the guys".
"Whether you are from Portage, if you are a newcomer, if they're from Ukraine, there's room at the table."
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