2nd annual men’s breakfast workshop ” What Would You Do If…?” Saturday, May 13, 2017

The purpose of the men’s breakfast is to get the dialog started. It is to bring awareness to the men in our community of the effect sexual crimes have on not only the victim but also on the family and the local community. What should you do or not do, say or not say? Well, the men’s breakfast was a success! Men from all demographics and cultural diversities attended the breakfast. The attendance was moderate but mighty. The panelists were just as diverse as the guests.

The attendees were very engaged in the workshop. The workshop began with a hungry man’s breakfast provided by volunteer cooks. After breakfast, the panelist spoke followed by discussions. The men were divided into small groups and were given scenarios to discuss. The men engaged in dialog within their groups then came back together and discussed each scenario. They discussed how they can help improve the life of the community by supporting survivors of sex crimes. Suggestions and answers were not only received from the panelists but the attendees as well. One attendee was very hesitant on attending however after the workshop he was extremely happy he attended and very grateful for the workshop. Shawn Dorrough did an excellent job as the MC. Osiris Wade pulled double duty and did an excellent job as a panelist and the workshop facilitator. See the bio’s of the panelist below.

PANELIST for men’s breakfast workshop 2017

Judge Cañas– is the presiding judge of the County Criminal Court #10, the first Latino to hold that position. In 2013, and again in 2015, the Department of Justice designated his court a Domestic Violence Mentor Court, one of only six in the entire nation.  In 2013, Judge Cañas received the Champion of Human Rights Award from Mosaic Family Services.  In past years, he has received the 2009 Make A Difference Award from New Beginnings Center.  Judge Cañas serves on the Mayor’s Executive Task Force on Domestic Violence for the City of Dallas and on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.  Judge Cañas has trained other judges on the issue of domestic violence all over the country and in the summer of 2016, he traveled to Columbia and India to train judges there as well.

Michael Guinn – A survivor, after years of being a victim of abuse, assault, and neglect as a child. Michael Guinn holds a Masters in Social work from UT Arlington and Bachelors from Stephen F. Austin. Mike Guinn worked as a CPS investigator for the state of Texas. What he experienced as survivor combined with what he witnessed as a state social worker inspired him to begin writing heart-wrenching truths that changed the direction of his life. Now he is one of the most active grassroots promoters of social awareness utilizing spoken word events in the country.

Osiris Wade –  Father, Psychotherapist, LPC-Supervisor at Wade Counseling of Frisco. Mr. Wade has been in private practice as a mental health counselor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. For the last ten years, he worked with individuals, teens, and families impacted by depression, trauma, and assault. He continues to provide lectures, mental health, and wellness seminars for the community to provide support where it is needed.

 Photos of the workshop.


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Kenny Henderson – Photographer

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