DHWFD Honours Michael Stewart on International Men’s Day

Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, (left, front row), Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development and. Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry, (right, front row) Administrator pose for a photo with some of the men of the Division after they were honoured.Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, (left, front row), Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development and. Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry, (right, front row) Administrator pose for a photo with some of the men of the Division after they were honoured.

“As we recognize our men on International men’s Day, it is important to highlight the excellent work being done by some of our men, who succeed in empowering other men in our society.” This according to Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development at an event held today, 19th November, at the Division’s Head Office, to honour the men of the Division and Michael Stewart for his contributions toward empowering other men in Tobago and to celebrate International Men’s Day with other men of the Division.

 

Dr. Carrington explained that the Division will be honouring a male who has been doing significant work for men, commencing with Michael Stewart in 2018. She said “just last year we partnered with Mr. Stewart, which saw over 100 men in Tobago benefit from information on prostate cancer and other aspects of men’s health”. She also explained that Mr. Stewart is the Caribbean Coordinator of International Men’s Day and he leads or collaborates on several initiatives to continually help our men and boys.

 

Dr. Carrington shared “in addition to honouring Mr. Stewart, the Division will execute several activities aimed at men for the remainder of Movember.” She explained that these activities will include engaging our men on diet, exercise and family support. Dr Carrington also urged men to engage in the activities being planned for them and to ensure boys within their families accompany them to benefit from the information as well. She said “we must ensure to groom our boys well today to ensure a stronger society tomorrow because stronger men equal stronger families and stronger families equal stronger societies.”

 

Dr. Carrington also explained that the Division experienced some challenges to deliver the Blue Room for men that was scheduled to be commissioned on International Men’s Day. “Despite the challenges, the safe space for men [Blue Room] will be delivered in early 2019. Dr. Carrington explained that the Blue Room is a space for all men and boys to interact and share with each other, despite the issue. She explained “many of our men face discrimination, stigma and even abuse so there is a need for a safe space for them to talk amongst themselves.” She further explained that this space can make them comfortable enough to engage in the services that are available to help them cope with their situations.

 

In response to being honoured, Mr. Stewart said “I am indeed surprised and touched by being recognized for the work I have been doing with men and boys.” He shared success stories that were generated from the collaborative event with the Division in 2017. He shared “I know one person who has been motivated to check his prostate and has since had a successful surgery and another person who indicated he was too was motivated to check his prostate and was deemed healthy.” He ended by reiterating the need to continue having conversations with men. The event ended with a toast to all men and the men engaging in discussions on topical issues.

 

International Men's Day (IMD) is about promoting awareness of male health, discrimination and gender relations. Re-initialized in 1998 in Trinidad and Tobago by Dr,Jerome Teelucksingh, IMD is being celebrated in over 80 countries of the world. The main objectives of International Men’s Day are to promote positive male role models; celebrate men’s positive contributions to society; focus on men’s health and well-being; highlight discrimination against men; improve gender relations and promote gender equality and create a safer and better world.

 

Michael A.T Stewart is a Professional motivational speaker. He was trained by two of the top five international professional speakers in the world, Les Brown and Leadership guru John Maxwell of which he is a certified leadership teacher and coach. He graduated from the University of the West Indies Mona Jamaica in the area of Communications. He is a father of four children, past PTA president at Bishops High School, Caribbean Coordinator of International Men’s Day and World Day of the Boy Child, founder of the Boys Polishing camp, a Communication Consultant, Columnist, Radio and Television hosts, Certified Mediator, Counsellor and life coach for over 20 years. He has been recognized by the Van Leer Foundation for his contribution in support of fatherhood through his media programs.

 

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