Men’s Sheds in Lanark County: A space for community and camaraderie

Posted on: October 26, 2016

By Jane Hobson

The Table Community Food Centre in Perth was livelier than usual last night (Sept. 20) as people gathered to eat, mingle and learn about Men’s Sheds in Lanark County.

Men’s Sheds are collaborative, communal spaces where men gather to woodwork, cook, and yell at the television during playoff season together.

There are currently two Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Hackberry Men’s Shed in Carleton Place and Perth Men’s Shed.

“Despite the name, Men’s Sheds are usually hosted in community spaces,” said Ramsey Hart, who works at the Table. He runs the Perth Men’s Shed and often hosts it at the Table.

Doug Mackie, a Winnipeg native who attended the event, introduced Men’s Sheds to Canada. He created Woodhaven Men’s Shed in Winnipeg about seven years ago.

“Men’s Shed is a place that encourages socializing, camaraderie and mental well-being,” Mackie, 76, said.

Men’s Sheds started in Australia in 2007 and are multiplying across the globe.

The evening was funded through a grant from Movember Canada in support of men’s health.

Check out Lanark County Men’s Sheds on Facebook to get involved.