Get to know the Movember Foundation Mo Bro with Cooper the Boston Terrier
By the Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
We’re not sure if Jesse Lee Hayman is on Tinder, but if he is, he probably gets swiped right 100% of the time. Not only does he have a super-warm, personable attitude, (let’s be honest, that wouldn’t show up on Tinder), he’s got a great job at a hip organization that has literally changed the face of men’s health, he plays rugby, and he’s got a dog that rides in his bicycle basket (with the photo to prove it). He’s pretty much an ideal match for everybody.
Along with Cooper, his longtime friend and generally awesome Boston Terrier, Jesse lives a pretty cool life in downtown Toronto. If you frequent Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods and the many hotspots the area offers, you’re bound to run into Jesse. So look out for this man about town and his best mate, Cooper! Get to to know this dashing duo in the profile below.
Please tell us about yourself:
Well, I’m a lucky guy — my life has a lot of love in it. I have a pretty damn special, albeit weird family, beautiful friends and a stinky, but sweet pup. I’ve been a Mo Bro since 2008 and began working at the Movember Foundation leading our community in 2010. We have an unreal community full of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that make me love my job more every day. Recently, I’ve made a large transition to our program teams, focusing on our mental health projects and how we can scale them to make an even more significant impact on the lives of men across Canada. Working within mental health is where my heart’s at. The Movember Foundation is truly changing the world and it’s pretty exciting to be a part of. My routine? Not much of any routine for me.
A bit about your pet:
Cooper’s a Boston Terrier. He’s 10 years old as of April 24th. He really is the sweetest and most mild-mannered dog you’ll ever meet. He loves everyone. I grew up in two households that always had dogs. When I went to university, I missed having a pup around. I found a breeder online in the summer between first and second year university and gave the breeder a call; I came home with Cooper a few days later. It’s worked out swimmingly. I’m all over the place (I travel a lot and am always doing something) and he’s down for anything and very adaptable. If there’s metal around, he has to lick it — this makes taking the streetcar a problem. We’re both weird; he’s probably a little more weird though.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
Dinner and a few drinks on Friday night. Saturday morning breakfast with Lee at UFO, he really runs the greatest greasy spoon in Toronto. Rugby Saturday afternoon and recover on Sunday at Bellwoods or somewhere else outside in the sun with Coop and some friends. I’ve recently started doing yoga, so maybe I’ll throw that in; still can’t touch my toes.
Describe your personal style:
I don’t buy myself much when it comes to clothing, which means I stick to the basics and I’m committed to them until they fall apart or someone forces me to throw them out.
What inspires you?
Love. We’re all in this together, so let’s be there for each other and be kind to each other. I try to surround myself with people that feel the same way and act like it. Seeing new places and being outdoors is cool too. Dr. Paul Farmer inspires me; he’s changed the world and isn’t afraid to piss people off.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
It’s a small space, so I tried to make it as functional and open as possible. Classic with some modern touches.
A story about your Cooper:
I was driving North on Bayview Ave. passing Major Mackenzie with my friend Steph when Cooper was about a year-old. Cooper was sitting on her lap and he jumped out the window. Steph looked at me and nonchalantly said “Oh, Cooper jumped out the window (I think she was in a bit of shock).” I slammed on the breaks, jumped out of the car and grabbed him as he was nonchalantly walking into the other lane full of oncoming traffic. He’s always been in his own world and living life without a care. Little guy has had a unique life, fitting for a dog that licks weird things and makes way too much noise for a 30 lb animal (you should hear his goobering right now).