Throughout his career, Eric Schweig was involved in various community organizations. In 2014, he participated in the “2014 Annual Dude’s Health Fair” in Vancouver (Canada), organized by The DUDES club.
The “DUDES Club” provides events and activities that focus on the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of wellness in men residing on the Downtown Eastside (Vancouver). It focuses on connecting men with health care professionals and other support services, as well as instilling a sense of solidarity and empowerment within the community.
The DUDES’ Club is committed to carrying out its stated objectives in an inclusive, non-judgmental and holistic way. Underlying the three main objectives is an ongoing emphasis on the importance of respect, brotherhood, equity and spirituality in helping men feel more complete.
The DUDES’ Club is committed to dialogue, collaboration and teamwork in all what they do. It recognizes that trauma, addiction, poverty, social marginalization and chronic health issues affect many of the native men and it works to address the structural factors that have a destructive impact on the overall health of men in the community.
Health topic discussions are driven primarily through peer-support facilitated by Elders, guest speakers, physicians, psychologists and street nurses. Moreover, gatherings are accompanied with hot meals, activities and haircuts organized by the Dudes’, building a sense of brotherhood, solidarity and spirituality.