Gentle Heroes: Men as Nurturing Caregivers

November 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gentle Heroes is a workshop in 3 parts.  It is offered free of charge to downtown agencies working with dads/male caregivers.

Men will develop their capacity to explore and share their own experiences of being around nurturing gentle heroes (grandfathers, elders, community leaders, teachers, fathers) using the senses to delve into these gentle stories.

Storytelling has been part of our cultures for millennia, as entertainment and as a way of sharing knowledge, building attachment, and empowerment. Stories help us reflect on and overcome our challenges and develop skills like empathy, gratitude, and more.

This workshop will develop and enhance our appreciation of diversity.  It will give participants an opportunity and method to communicate their “story”. This is made possible through speaking, listening, reading and writing, art, music, humour, and role-playing, providing a language-rich environment for children, essential for early literacy.  Honouring each family’s culture through storytelling encourages attachment and bonding by giving parents the opportunity to be a significant part of the literacy process as a storyteller.

Dates: Tuesday, November 30, Wednesday, December 1, Thursday, December 2

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Online via Zoom (participants will be emailed the login details after registering)

Cost: Free to Downtown agencies


The Workshop:

Part 1 – Sharing stories and storytelling about men as gentle heroes. 

Part 2 – Stories that develop storytelling skills in dads using folktales where they can gain the confidence of sharing stories with children while having fun and being goofy and active.

Part 3 – Men as gentle heroes connected to personal stories and storytelling.


Recommended Participants: 

  • Community leaders and administrators
  • Family support practitioners
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Child care centre administrators
  • Program leaders and facilitators

Register here