Local Group Starts Men’s Shed
A local resident is trying to bring a men’s group movement, which has grown substantially in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, to the Okanagan.
Art Post, founder of Okanagan Men’s Sheds, first heard about the men’s sheds concept from his daughter-in-law, who is from Australia.
The idea is to give men in the community—especially those who are retired—a group to meet with regularly to work on individual or group projects, but also to socialize with other group members.
Those projects may include boat building, car restoration, wood carving, leather work, cooking classes or photography. But, according to Post, there isn’t a limit to the possibilities.
“The whole secret success (of) it is that the guys who are in the room decide what it is that their group is going to be doing,” said Post.
According to Post, shed is a term that refers to work shop in Australia.
He said men’s sheds organizations can provide health benefits as they allow members to be social, productive and maintain an active body and mind.
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