The TWC family was very excited to be a part of the 2016 Recovery Day Festival in New Westminster, BC. What an amazing day in recovery!!! A huge thank you goes out to all the event organizers and volunteers.
Public celebrations like these go very far to bridge the healing gap, so families can begin to both learn more about addiction, and celebrate sobriety.
STACY WILSON – Executive Director, Together We Can
Recovery day first began in September of 2012 in the cities of Victoria and Vancouver. Greg Williams, a passionate filmmaker, caught the attention of Lorinda Strang and Annie McCullough of the Orchard Recovery society with his pitch on the fundraising website “Kickstart”. Greg’s goal was to help educate people on the emerging “Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement” comprised of men and women living successful and happy lives in recovery. His film, “Faces and Voices of Recovery” created the catalyst for a movement which has swept across the country, evolving into a celebration allowing individuals to speak their truth and spread messages of hope on a grand scale.
Since it’s commencement, Recovery Day has steadily blossomed into a nation-wide event of massive proportions. People across the country will be rallying together to broadcast solutions for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Social stigma around mental illness and addiction, bred from ignorance and lack of education, still prevails in our society even as we venture forward into new realms of neuroscience and insight.
Bif Naked, who has had personal struggles with drugs and alcohol, will be the headline performer at this year’s event. Other attractions include street vendors, local musical talents, a TEDtalks style Wellness Centre, a kid’s zone and much more.
People from all walks of life will be present including politicians, entertainment personalities, and athletes to share in the common theme of unity and compassion. Last year, over 30 cities across Canada participated with the primary purpose of informing those suffering with addictions of a better way of life.