Okanagan Men’s Shed in the News

Posted on March 21, 2016

Our shed was recently featured in a CBC article and podcast, and in Kelowna’s Daily Courier. Check out the CBC coverage here, and the Daily Courier story here.

Okanagan Men's Shed

Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC’s Okanagan Campus, thanks President Art Post of the Okanagan Men’s Shed for hosting an Open House as one of the 2016 Embrace Aging events.

Men’s Shed Article published on sageing.ca

Posted on July 7, 2015

The Okanagan Men’s Sheds Association (OKMSA),  is a special initiative for men, described as: “A community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organization that is accessible to men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men”. 

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Working it out: A Vanderhoof project is tinkering with a new approach to men’s health

Posted on July 5, 2015

When John Allen describes Vanderhoof’s Men’s Shed his first thought isn’t the new 4,000-square-foot space full of tools, car parts and half-finished projects.

The Northern Health worker doesn’t discuss the pool table, or the dart board, or the couches for the men to lounge on at Burrard Market shop, or even the gap in men’s support services that it seeks to fill.


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Men find their place at Men’s Sheds

Posted on June 24, 2015

John Evoy knows what it’s like to feel isolated. During his late 20s he spent most of his time alone – living and working on a farm with his grandmother. He wasn’t diagnosed with depression, but he knew something wasn’t right. “I definitely can empathize with a lot of the guys who might be going through something similar,” he said.



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Move out of the man cave and into the shed: UBC researcher

Posted on April 16, 2015

Forget man caves. A University of B.C. researcher wants to see more men gathering in sheds in Vancouver.

Based on a model from Australia, “men’s sheds” is a community program that sees men gather in a workshop or clubhouse to take part in woodworking, gardening, bike repair or other hobbies while in the company of other men.

Unlike so-called “man caves,” sheds encourage social interaction, which brings a host of health benefits, said UBC nursing professor John Oliffe

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Attention men: Get out of your mancave into the men’s shed

Posted on April 15, 2015

If UBC researcher John Oliffe had his way, more “men’s sheds” would be built in the Lower Mainland and across Canada.

The nursing professor, who co-heads UBC’s Men’s Health Research program with John Ogrodniczuk from UBC Psychiatry, has seen the tremendous value of these sheds in fostering social connections among men—particularly seniors and retirees—who would otherwise just stay home, possibly isolated or depressed.

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