Kathryn Wallace’s first encounter with Ryerson field placement coordinator, Heather Bain, came at the end of January of this year.
That’s when the 24-year-old social work student stopped by Bain’s office to tell her she’d like to do her third-year placement with the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF), an offshoot of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE).
The Centre, which opened in 2014, offers counseling and group support to men about such issues as fathering, trauma, family law and suicide prevention. CCMF executive director Justin Trottier says they have one of Toronto’s only groups for victims of domestic assault.
You would have thought she’d asked Bain to send her to Russia.
“Next thing I know she’s telling me it’s problematic because it exists …that the place is an act of violence,” said Wallace last week.