Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Peel Region

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A New Program in Peel Region: Support Services for Men and Families

Schedule:
Wednesdays from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, with opportunities for additional individual counselling. Once a month we have a lawyer available to provide legal services. To find out when the next lawyer will join the group contact us.

Location:
We are currently transitioning to a new location. Please contact info@menandfamilies.org if you wish to register to join the group at this time.

After an amazing two years in operations in downtown Toronto, we are excited to announce the launch of a new program for men and families in Peel Region. We are offering the Peel Group for Men and Families, consisting of peer support, counselling and legal assistance to the community. The program will be available for men in the Peel Region (Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon) and beyond beginning November 9, 2016.

The program consists of a weekly Peer Support Group supplemented by one on one counselling and a once a month legal clinic where we will be joined by a lawyer qualified to provide advice and support in family, criminal and other areas of the law.

Register Here for this Program 

For more information contact info@menandfamilies.org

Peer Support:

The Peer Support group provides a safe space for men of all ages, where they can feel free to discuss/share whatever problems they are currently dealing with in a friendly, supportive atmosphere free from judgement and oppression.

Participants of the Peer Support Group come from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and have dealt with or experienced a wide range of difficulties and hardships, both personally and professionally. Issues may range from domestic troubles such as family break-up/divorce, custody battles, domestic abuse (mental, emotional or physical), or the loss of a loved one, to professional challenges such as loss of/difficulty finding employment or workplace abuse/harassment.

The Peer Support Group seeks to provide participants with support—both personal and practical—all within a welcoming, friendly and safe environment where they are free to learn, listen, and be heard.

Where possible we will also provide additional one on one counselling following the group peer support meeting.

Legal Services

Once a month we’ll supplement our Peer Support group with a Legal Clinic to provide you with resources, tools and information to assist you in navigating the legal system. Legal resources will be provided in group setting as well as one on one with a lawyer where circumstances allow. You’ll be able to share your situation with others who have gone through the system and discuss your matter in a welcoming group setting. This group is especially useful to those who are self-representing, in low-income situations or for people looking for general legal advice. The legal clinic will not provide you with legal representation, nor is it a substitute for hiring a lawyer.

We are authorized by Legal Aid Ontario to provide certificates for two hours of one-on-one legal aid specifically for male domestic violence victims from anywhere in Ontario. The certificate provides access to an advice lawyer to discuss family or immigration law. As far as we’re aware, we are the first agency working on behalf of male domestic abuse victims to be granted this authority. If you intend to request a legal aid certificate you must contact us before attending the program.

Our Facilitators

Program Coordinator:
Winston Fleming-Smikle: Winston holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. He has more than 10 years’ experience post-graduate counselling dealing with multiple populations including youth, adults, couples and families in a range of settings and supporting a variety of issues including substance abuse, mental health, trauma and high-risk crises.

Suranjan Jegatheeswaran: Suranjan is a graduate from the Police Foundations Program at Confederation College.

Farokh (Fred) Farhadi: Farokh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counselling psychology. He works as Child and Youth Worker at Cornerstone Group Homes in Brampton.

Our Lawyers

Kavita V. Bhagat
Certified Family Law Specialist & Accredited Family mediator
www.BramptonFamilyLawyers.ca

Devin Maguire 
Real Estate, Family, Wills, Estates and Trusts Law

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