The Rowan House held their 2nd Annual Breakfast with the Guys on Nov. 1 at the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club in Okotoks. The event sold out as 121 guests attended.
“Rowan House was thrilled to be able to sell out this event in just its second year running,” said Community Relations Coordinator for Rowan House, Ally Cramm.
“Last year we had about 80 people in the room, not including staff, so it felt pretty amazing to increase that by, what’s that, 25 per cent?”
The event is about teaching small steps that will have a big impact. Rowan House believes that together we can create a safer future for those who live with violence every day.
“While we definitely raised some valuable dollars from this event which will go back into our Preventative Education program – this event is mainly about the message and the education piece,” said Cramm.
“As our launch to Family Violence Prevention Month, Breakfast with the Guys is about bringing the community together to help members understand how important it is for us all to work together to end abuse.”
Speaker and philanthropist Mike Cameron was the special guest speaker at the breakfast. Cameron’s girlfriend Colleen was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 2015. Organizations like the Rowan House are important to Cameron and he believes that what the Rowan House provides and does is amazing, and pointed out specifically the education and prevention that the Rowan House does.
His goal is to help prevent any sort of domestic violence, so to maybe prevent a situation like what occurred to his ex-girlfriend.
Cameron has been speaking professionally in the sales and leadership field for over 20 years.
“I talked about the impact that emotion has on human behavior and sort of turned my skills to domestic violence prevention,” he said.
“The things we talk about in the sales and leadership environment sort of equally hold true in everyday life.”
Cameron does a lot of work at women’s shelters across Alberta and Canada.
“After my girlfriend at the time was killed, I wanted to know how do we prevent men like that from existing in the first place?” he said.
“What I talk about is, men showing up as allies in the fight against gender based violence, or really in the quest for gender equity period, it’s not so much about showing up to help out, it’s about stepping back and taking care of own problems.”
“We need to give men permission to feel. Because that in my opinion is a large part of the problem. We bottle up, we suppress, we avoid our emotions and as a result when something happens and we get angry… worst case scenario this guy made a decision that had very permanent consequences.”
“Perhaps if he had been better equipped to deal with his emotions, this could have been prevented.”
The guests at the breakfast all took Cameron’s message in.
“I think Mike did a great job of bringing the message home and we felt the room would agree. We are just so pleased with how it all came together and want to thank everyone who came out to be a part of it,” said Cramm.
The Rowan House mission is to help for those affected by family violence in rural communities and their vision is every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.
To support the Rowan House or for more info go to rowanhouse.ca
Cameron just released a book “Becoming A Better Man: When “Something’s Gotta Change”, Maybe It’s You!” Available on Amazon or online at all major retailers.