About us

The Canterbury Men’s Centre emerged from the August 2007 Men’s Issues Summit. Since then our manager, staff and board have been diligently working on achieving our mission statement of Healthy Happy Canterbury Men.  Canterbury Mens Centre Annual Report for 2016 year describes best what we are up to now.

Our Board:

Nick Adams, Chair. “I was introduced to the Canterbury Men’s Centre when approached for help with funding for the “Blokes Book” through my role as trade sales manager at PlaceMakers. I was struck with the passion and honesty those involved with the centre brought to their work so when approached to join the board I didn’t hesitate. Having previously done some peer counselling I hope the combination of my business acumen and empathy will add something to the board”.

Dennis Valentine, Secretary/Treasurer. Dennis has served as a board member on a variety of community organisations and until recently practiced as a registered Marriage celebrant. With Donald, Dennis was part of the original working party. He has been with the Canterbury Men’s Centre since day one and was CMC’s inaugural Chairman.

Business ownership and management is the background against which Dennis transitioned to a career in the Social Work sector where he practiced as a Prison Educator Tutor, Group Facilitator and Alcohol & Drug Counselor. He practiced for over 18 years as a Relationship Counselor specializing in Relationship breakdown and disputes between parents.

Dennis has spent nine years as a Family Court Coordinator working for the Ministry of Justice. Just recently he has retired after a nine years with the Ministry of Social Development as a Family Violence Response Coordinator for the Canterbury region where he also served on the Care & Protection Panel for Child Youth & Family.

Michael Hempseed, Board Member. Michael Hempseed is the managing director of the Employee Solution Service, a specialist HR company. He is a regular contributor to www.stuff.co.nz. In addition to this Michael is a professional speaker, who has spoken at TEDxDARWIN. Michael has a real heart for charities and has a particular passion for reducing New Zealand’s staggeringly high suicide rate.

Sharon Necklen, Board Member. My interactions with the CMC started off when I was a social work student on placement. I enjoyed the hands on element of the Men’s Centre. They really tap into the community and align themselves with the current needs that are out there. I am excited to be joining the board as I have a passion for bringing awareness to issues which the greater society are either unaware or ignore. I bring a social work background/ skill set to the mix. I have grown up in Canterbury my entire life and love seeing our city change and develop as each new challenge comes about.


Our Staff:

Donald Pettitt, Chief Executive Officer, has been with the CMC from inception. Donald is an MANZASW Social Worker and has experience working in a range of community groups as well as a background in child protection services. His training includes a Masters Degree in Applied Social Work from Massey University as well as a Bachelors of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering). Donald is key to shaping our projects and seeing that the agency functions optimally.
Karl Belcher, Service Manager, appointed in January 2017, has been involved with the service for the past three years. Initially Karl became involved as a social work student and since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2014 with First Class Honors in Social Work. He later was asked to join the CMC board where he eventually became treasurer until December 2016. Prior to joining our staff, Karl worked in Specialist Mental Health Services, (Canterbury District Health Board), and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Recovery and Health. Karl’s new role will be developing service delivery and daily management of the CMC.
Counsellors and Coaches We also have a range of counselors and coaches contracted to the CMC and more about these can be found at  counsellingformen.org.nz.