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Man Made: Exploring Masculinity Through Community & Wellness


Going Beyond Boys Will Be Boys

We often tell men and boys not to be ‘that guy’, but fail to have a conversation that supports healthy and fulfilling alternatives to the status quo. Man Made aims to do just that, by facilitating interactive and supportive workshops with male-identified youth and any other community members interested in having meaningful conversations about masculinity. Our programming explores healthy expressions of masculinity and developing strategies to help end both relationship and gender-based violence.

Man Made facilitates a community workshop series that connects youth to challenging topics associated with relationship violence and discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, or ability. Our intention is to encourage relational wellness by inviting our program participants to cultivate skills of self-expression, empathy, validation, inclusive practices, and emotional support. Man Made is typically directed towards supporting male identified  participants by exploring the lived experience of masculinity. However, we invite people of any age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or ability to connect with our program.

Who We Are

Nick Sandor (BSW, MA) is both the program developer and facilitator of Man Made. He was employed by Island Sexual Health Society in 2016, where he works doing program development and community education. Nick’s professional experience includes social work, youth support work, and both anti-violence and sexual health education. He is passionate about hearing the perspectives and experiences from diverse community members as an opportunity to encourage gender affirming practices through an anti-oppressive and strength-based lens. Nick’s goal is to help masculine identifying folks to strengthen their relationships with both other people and themselves.

What We Do

All workshops are flexible in design and delivery. Connect with Man Made facilitators to build workshops and discussions that meet the particular needs of your group or community.
All workshop options are created to be community directed, interactive, and discussion-based.
All pricing is donation-based/pay what you can. No one will be turned away from programming due to financial barriers.

Introduction To Masculinities (Suggested Donation $100)

This workshop is intended to provide a brief introduction to masculinities and healthy relationships. These sessions usually last about an hour to an hour and a half and provide an overview of fundamental concepts related to masculinity,  addressing gender-based violence, and navigating consent. We recommend that the complete foundations program is required to facilitate meaningful engagement with the program topics and skill development.

Foundations Workshop Series (Suggested donation $300)

Our foundations workshop series encourages youth to be active in their own education by inviting them to explore their perceptions and personal life experiences and through facilitated discussions, and collaborative activities. Our program is designed to be facilitated over a five part foundations workshop series that explores both individual and relational wellness through:

  • Identity Mapping
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Media and Learning
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Community Building

Foundations + (Suggested donation $400)

Our Foundations + series includes our foundations workshop series, but offers a more student directed and experiential approach that extends learning to group outings, talking circles, community action projects, or other participant directed projects. This option provides youth with the ability to build peer support and create community connections.

Guys Talking Circles (Pricing based on number of sessions)

Man Made talking circles cover similar content found in our workshop series, but offers a format that is causal and participant led. Each session can be focused on themes such as consent, dating, gender, social justice and other topics to assist men and boys to develop community and connect with support. These sessions can be led by Man Made facilitators or co-facilitated in collaboration with teachers, support workers, or youth based on the needs of your particular group or community.

Man Made Jr. (Suggested donation $400)

This program is facilitated as an after school program for male identified elementary school students (grades 4 and 5). The program includes the core themes that are covered in our regular foundations program at an introductory level, supporting learning related to personal expression, emotional support, and community building. Currently, Man Made Jr. offers up to 8 sessions in this workshop series.

Leadership & Role Modelling Workshops (Suggested donation $150 per session)

Man Made is dedicated to supporting your school or group to continue conversations about masculinities in your own community. Our role modelling workshops help teachers, parents, and support workers to develop intergenerational relationships that encourage non-violent and healthy expressions of masculinity. Our facilitators are able to guide you through the process of being an advocate for change and can help you to develop groups and support services on the topic of masculinities at your school, organization, or community group.


Program delivery options are flexible. Don’t hesitate to contact us about opportunities for programming that meet the particular needs of the community members you work with. Financial barriers should not limit access to community education. Man Made pricing is based on a pay what you can/sliding scale donation to the program.

Opportunities to Collaborate

Man Made is always looking for new opportunities to engage with community. Currently we are working to with other community groups to build men’s circles, parent groups, and resource sharing. If you would like to collaborate with Man Made don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas or opportunities to collaborate.


Sign Up or Questions

If you are interested in registering for Man Made programming or would like more information please visit Man Made’s website; contact Man Made’s facilitator, Nick Sandor or, add us on Facebook for news and updates.


Financial Contributions

Many thanks to The Victoria FoundationCoast Capital Savings, Intact Insurance and Telus Community Fund for their generous support of the programming.