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Navigating Fatherhood: Canberra

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The Dock

81 Giles Street

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Kingston, ACT 2604

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Blokepedia is back to host another "Conversations that Matter" event in Canberra on Thursday the 11th of April. This time we'll be discussing all things to do with fatherhood.

Our guest speakers Tim Shaw, Martin Fisk, and Blake Woodward will explore the struggles and joys of parenting, including becoming a new dad, managing work/life balance, lifestyle changes, separation & divorce, and much more.

Thanks to our sponsors, The Dock, light refreshments will be provided for guests to enjoy on the night.



Guest Speakers

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw is an award-winning journalist with over twenty years’ experience in television and radio broadcasting as a highly respected Host, Presenter & Producer, MC & Keynote Speaker.

Tim has been the host of 1206 2CC Canberra Breakfast radio 2CC.net.au since January 2016 (530am to 9 weekdays on 1206 on your AM Dial)

Tim is a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery & The National Press Club of Australia. He was the 2017 Winner of Best Current Affairs Presenter at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Prior to coming to Canberra, Tim was the Thailand based Correspondent for the Seven Network Australia as a senior journalist.

"We are our children's Fathers for the whole of our lives as long as we live. Children develop in part from the guidance we as Dad's provide & profer. We are not always right, but our children should know our words for them are because we truly care, even with the ups and downs of life of all of our lives!" says Tim

"It can be very hard for some single & separated Dad's who cannot spend as much time with their children as they may wish."

Tim will be sharing some tips on how to deal with those challenges ahead, through separation & divorce.

Martin Fisk

Martin is the Chief Executive of Menslink and joined in March 2011 after a twenty-five year career in both the private and public sectors, including nearly ten years running his own business and a few years as a senior Federal Public Servant. Since joining Menslink, he has significantly expanded the reach of our direct support programs, more than quadrupling the number of young men accessing our free counselling and mentoring services.

An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups across the region about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including family violence, mental health, drugs and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.

Martin has been married (for the second time) for five years, although nearly didn't get married when his (then) fiancee nearly died from encephalitis in January 2014. It's been a long slow and continuing journey through rehabilitation. Martin and his wife both love the outdoors but also combine that with the delights of city living whenever they can - Canberra's a great city to combine the two!

Martin has two daughters - the eldest has just turned eighteen and graduated from Year 12 and is doing a gap year before pursuing a medical career with many years of long study at Uni. The youngest is fifteen and studies dance (ballet and contemporary) as well as Year Ten at high school. In addition, Martin has two step kids aged 21 and 24.


Blake Woodward

Blake is a first-time dad (with another on the way). He is also a management consultant and founder of suittiestroller.com - a website supporting corporate dads to become more active in caring for their children and find work-life balance while raising a family. Blake and his wife both work for PwC, which offers equal parental leave for all parents. Blake ended up taking 9 months off work during his son’s first 14 months of life, including 4 months as primary carer to support his wife return to work. He now works 4 days a week, spending the 5th day caring for his son.

Blake’s experience in assuming primary carer responsibilities made him realise how few men are afforded this opportunity. He was confronted by how much of the new parent experience is aimed exclusively at mums. He also found that much of this experience is driven by outdated parental leave policies (both government and corporate) that exclude men from becoming primary carers. This inspired Blake to develop suittiestroller.com and begin advocating for change.

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