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March 23, 2006

Event to Explore Diverse Roles of Drumming

The University of Guelph’s JourneyMen men’s program and Counselling Services are hosting a special March 29 event aimed at exploring the traditions and significance of African drumming. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall and is free and open to the public.

The event will feature traditional African drumming and storytelling led by Fule and Adwoa Badoe from Ghana, West Africa. There will also be a discussion on the role of traditional drumming in helping to build healthy men and communities, and how those lessons might be applied to men here in Guelph and Canada.

“Every year, we host a JourneyMen’s evening, and we try to do something different each time,” says Bruno Mancini, director of Student Life and Counselling Services. “This year, we decided to look at African drumming, both in terms of its central role to many African cultures and traditions, and its unique purpose in the lives of men.”

Provided through Counselling Services, JourneyMen is designed to assist men in the process of self-exploration, self-discovery and personal growth. It is provided for students, with an annual event that is open to the larger community.

“The program is operated within the belief that healthier, happier boys and men translate into healthier, happier and better functioning families and communities,” says Rob Baldwin, a counsellor/therapist who co-ordinates JourneyMen. Counselling Services also offers a “Men’s Group” during the fall and winter semesters that offers men a confidential and respectful environment to talk openly and honestly about any concern or issue they might have.

Space for the March 29 event is limited. People are asked to register in advance by visiting the Connection Centre on Level 3 of the University Centre, by calling (519) 824-4120, Ext. 52214 or by sending an email to

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