The Arnprior-McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed celebrates a successful first year of helping senior men and building a healthier community

March 12, 2020 – The Arnprior-McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed marked their 1st anniversary with an open house event to showcase to the community their projects and the positive impact the Men’s Shed has had on local senior men’s lives.

“Men’s Sheds are actually all about helping men and building healthy communities,” said Darrel O’Shaughnessy, Chair, Greater Arnprior Seniors Council and a founding member of the local Men’s Shed. “We have created opportunities to mentor others and problem solve, all working together, shoulder-to-shoulder with respect and dignity for each other. But most importantly, we feel useful and have purpose, and we just feel really good about ourselves. The end result is that we are determined to give much more than we receive.”

The Men’s Shed first opened its doors in February 2019 as a program of the Arnprior McNab/Braeside Seniors Active Living Centre. It was created as a place to connect senior men to their community through social interaction and woodworking projects.

“I’m pleased to congratulate the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Men’s Shed on their first Anniversary” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care and the MPP for Kanata-Carleton. “The Men’s Shed is doing incredible work addressing the social isolation experienced by many senior men by helping them to remain productive, healthy, active and engaged in their community. I look forward to the continued positive impacts of this initiative in the lives of our senior men and their families.”

One year later, the Men’s Shed has 30 members and a growing list of community projects.

“Arnprior Regional Health is driven by the goal of creating a healthier community and we know that part of this is working together with our local partners to establish and invest in an age-friendly community,” said Brad Hilker, Vice President, Finance & Support Services, Chief Financial Officer, Arnprior Regional Health.  “The Men’s Shed has been an incredible success in our efforts to help seniors thrive and stay healthy.”

The woodworking project have evolved throughout the first year of operations. To date, the Men’s Shed community projects have included:

  • 34 accessible picnic tables
  • 8 Little Lending Libraries
  • 8 planter boxes for The Grove and Town of Arnprior
  • 50 bird houses
  • 30 bat houses
  • 20 bird feeders
  • 2 puddle rinks for Arnprior
  • 1 recycle storage building for The Grove

“The Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) committee is a group of citizens who care greatly about the health and well-being of our senior folks,” said Tom Peckett, Mayor, Township of McNab/Braeside. “The Men’s Shed came about through discussions at our committee meeting driven by Darrel O’Shaughnessy, who along with help from others, including Jean Guy Asselin the owner of the property where the Shed is located, brought this senior activity to life. Those involved enjoy companionship and conversation, coming together to build many projects that are needed throughout the area.”

The Men’s Shed is made possible through a partnership between Arnprior Regional Health, the Town of Arnprior, the Township of McNab/Braeside and the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Walter Stack, Mayor, Town of Arnprior, said, “the Men’s Shed is a great addition to our greater community of Arnprior and McNab Braeside, checking off a strategic goal from the Age-friendly Community Plan by allowing us to maintain and grow social, recreational and educational opportunities for seniors and provide a much-needed space for senior men to socialize. The Town also benefits from projects that make our community more beautiful and inclusive.”

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 105-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

For more information:

Melissa McDermott

Communications Manager

Arnprior Regional Health

[email protected]