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Founder -  Family Recovery Society of Canada

Here to Help

A labour of love for me has been my passion for creating a supportive community for mothers and fathers on a path of recovery to know they are not alone and recovery is possible. Since 2017, this began as an idea for supporting mothers in recovery through a Facebook group based in New Westminster, BC.

 

In 2018, when my children moved in with their father, I poured my time, energy and love into making Mother's Recovery Society a nonprofit organization to access more funding and supports for our members.

In 2020, with the effects of COVID-19 and the opioid crisis, MRS became Family Recovery Society of Canada a nonprofit organization with the purpose to support the whole family to recover from the effects of substance misuse and intergenerational trauma.

 

Today, this community has connected nearly 2K mothers and fathers in recovery from across Canada with connection, courage and virtual supports. The mission to engage, educate and empower parents in recovery from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse by increasing access to community, education and resources that decrease intergenerational trauma, develop recovery capital and support the maintenance of long-term recovery from substance misuse... will continue on. 

I am grateful to God for giving me the blessing of the vision for this supportive community of growing, learning and inspiring mothers and fathers in recovery. I will be forever blessed by the inspiration, creation and realization of this beautiful community.  

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Talk Recovery Radio  

A Radio Show About Recovery and Addiction Issues 

I could not be more grateful for my time (2013 - 2018) and experience co-creating Talk Recovery Radio with my friends and co-hosts Giuseppe and Darren from the Last Door. It was a learning experience in so many ways and I will be forever grateful for our friendship, meeting amazing guests and all the FUN! 

Talk Recovery Radio airs every Thursday on 100.5 fm in Vancouver from 12 pm to 1 pm, hundreds of shows over 6 years.  Bringing addiction recovery issues to the airways. Powered by Last Door Recovery Society

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Family ...

The most important thing is love. 

Every parent desires to be the best parent they can be. When a parent struggles with mental health and addiction, parenting can be more challenging but it is still definitely possible. In my experience what is most important is honesty, personal responsibility, communication, character and a faith in a Higher Power. I could not have been a mother to my children without my faith in God. Being a mother to three children has been the most challenging, but the most rewarding experience of my life. They made me want to be a better person to love them as they deserve to be loved. They are absolutely the light and joy of my life and my love for them is everlasting and eternal.  

Writer 

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway

For me, writing is a gift and a burden. I feel called to write my stories and truth in a way that often breaks my own heart, but heals it at the same time. I write to connect with with my spirit and engage in my own recovery process to learn lessons, gain wisdom and in the hope of learning and growing as a person from the act of thoughtful self-reflection. I also hope my musings will help others walking a similar path to know they are not alone, they can make a difference and that always,  "where there is life, there is hope." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

My first book, "A Reflection of Love - A Different Kind of Love Story" was written to save my life and in many ways it did, just not in the ways I thought it would. Fame and fortune did not come, but I was led to a recovery community of people following God and seeking purpose in their lives that was authentic, attainable and fun to me. Sober friends, fun and purpose helped me finally commit to my own sobriety. 

In 2020, I am in the midst of writing my second memoir about my past addiction and mental health journey in the midst of experiencing extreme poverty as a single mother of three children. The level of poverty I experienced gave me a passion for advocacy and led me to becoming Vice-President of the single-mother led nonprofit organization, Single Mothers Alliance of BC. We joined our voices with First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and many other hard working politicians and advocates, to call for the BC government to stop clawing back child support payments from single parents on social assistance. We were all justifiably afraid, but by sharing our stories and even filing legal action against the BC government, this policy officially ended in British Columbia in February 2015. Sadly this policy still continues in provinces across Canada today. 

The secret hope I have in telling my story is that it will inspire others to have the courage to make the necessary changes in their own world, to create a positive impact in the world of their families and the world. To stop listening to all the voices that say you can't and listen to the One that says you can. I must admit, the thing I love the very most about writing is when I get absolutely lost in it, lose all sense of time and place and am left in awe of what is revealed to me. It is the closest I ever feel to being completely and totally present while at the same time, being lost in magic and mystery of all that is God, Spirit and One. I guess that is because I write from my heart, where the deepest and truest parts of me and God, meet.  

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