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Topic: Makerspace / Men Sheds

Speaker: Max Schlagel,  CFA, Managing Director, Fuse 33; Joe Boivin, CALL Program Committee

Imagine having a friend, like Tim the Tool Man, who owns the best workshop you have ever seen. Imagine being able to use all the tools in his shop to build things. Imagine that the friend is, unlike Tim, highly competent at what he does. He will be there to help you through the hard parts.

We have access to such a place - Fuse 33 - called a makerspace. A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing,  that uses high tech to no tech tools. We have invited a representative from Fuse 33 to explain the facilities available to us and the collaboration we want to develop between CALL and Fuse33.

In conjunction with this collaboration, we want to introduce the concept of starting up a Men Shed. A Men Shed is a place for men to hang out together and do stuff. The Men Shed movement started in Australia in 2007 and has spread throughout the Commonwealth. Canada’s first one started in Winnipeg in 2011 and branches have sprung up in BC, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. They provide an opportunity for people to get together and work on projects for themselves or to help others, and to provide the community we often miss once we have left our work life behind.

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