Each month, we introduce a member from MentorAction’s steering group. MentorAction is a program of Interval House of Hamilton and is located within the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. MentorAction engages youth and men who are committed to eradicating gender-based violence and through education, mentorship and community participation challenge existing norms that sustain or perpetuate gender-based violence. The Steering Group is comprised of male-identified allies who regularly meet and provide guidance and strategic planning with a focus on raising awareness and creating safer communities. Committee members are volunteers and serve on the committee for a minimum of two years. Each member is responsible to honour the voices and experiences of women, as well as the leadership of women.
This month, we would like to introduce Val Sarjeant. Val is a Health, Safety, Wellness (HSW) Specialist with the City of Hamilton and has worked for over 30 years in the field of Occupational Health and Safety specifically in the government sector. Val is a graduate of the Safety Engineering Technology and Industrial Management Engineering Technology programs at Humber College, a Registered Certified Safety Professional and an advocate for safe and healthy communities. He is also an instructor with McMaster’s Department of Athletics and Recreation and their Department of Continuing Education. Val is a founding member of MentorAction and served as Chair for 8 years.