The Ann Davis Transition Society (ADTS) recently received a donation of money from a group of men holding a joint birthday bash.
“It is so heartening to see the initiative by these caring local men to be leaders in making a difference and we thank them very much,” ADTS executive director Patti MacAhonic said.
MacAhonic said she was approached by a long-time community member Darryl Heinrich with the offer to do a fundraiser to support the good work of Ann Davis. He said that every year he and a group of long-term friends hold the joint birthday bash. And this year they decided to give back to an organization that has helped people that they know over the years.
They held the event at the Triple Play Pub on May 5 where owner, Joanne Thompson, shared that she has a family connection to the real Ann Davis from the 1920s who started by helping women and children fleeing violence from her own home.
“There is a growing body of work in research that shows that men and boys can be effective in diminishing domestic violence and Ann Davis Transition Society has been a front runner in B.C. in adopting innovative approaches that involve men and boys in domestic violence prevention,” MacAhonic said. “The idea is that by addressing the root causes, these programs can stop domestic violence from occurring in the first place.”
Men’s involvement in preventing domestic violence in their families, workplaces and communities can be part of the global effort to promote safety and equality for women, and to end victimization in all its forms.