Thursday, May 25, 2017
Respect, inclusiveness, honesty, confronting the culture of masculinity, promoting positive change, being an upstander… these are only few of the many topics of conversation at the 17th Annual Father’s Day Breakfast held by Western’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) on May 25th. With an emphasis on coaching boys into men to promote healthy relationships, the Centre for School Mental Health and The Fourth R continue to support this long-time annual event as sponsors.
Promoted to male youth and their coaches in the area, the event featured keynote speaker Don McPherson, retired NFL football player, advocate, college football hall of famer, and Greg Marshall, Western University’s Football Coach whom made the special introductions for the event.
Biography – Don McPherson: Don McPherson was an All-American quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. He was the captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won more than 18 national “player of the year” awards, including the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the inaugural Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting. For the past 22 years, he has turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. McPherson is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, at Stony Brook University in New York. He has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military.
Biography – Greg Marshall: Greg Marshall has been the outstanding coach for the Western Mustangs for over a decade. He has taken his teams to the Yates Cup seven times and won four titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013). Marshall began his career at Western in 1978 as a fullback and lead the Mustangs to three consecutive Yates Cup championships. He captured the Hec Crighton Trophy as Canadian university football’s Most Outstanding Player in 1980. Marshall is one of only two people to win the Hec Crighton and CIS Coach of the Year award. Following his time as a player in a Mustangs uniform, Marshall was drafted by the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, where he won a Grey Cup in 1982. He was the first Canadian-born head coach in the history of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the first-ever head coach to make the jump directly from the Canadian university football ranks to become a head coach in the Canadian Football League.
Photo album courtesy of Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children