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New Westminster Alumni Dinner

I heard them loud and clear. I was told that it was hard for some of our guys to push against traffic to get to the Downtown dinners – especially those that lived anywhere past Surrey. So, I listened. We moved our dinner to New West, by the sky train, and in the middle. I believe in fairness and in ‘meeting in the middle.’ I can’t even fathom the traffic that people endure day after day here. Crazy making at best, I’m sure.

This dinner was a hard one for me. A close client passed away and he was the one who would make it to every alumni event, he would meet-up with me for coffee or a chat, drive me home after the dinners, and we talked a lot. He’d call me ‘Jaymie-boo’ which I found extremely amusing – as did he, I am sure…

So, we raised our sparkling waters that night and pledged in supporting one another and ourselves better. It was in lieu of his ongoing support and advocacy for the SCHC support meetings in Vancouver and Langley.

It was one of the largest Vancouver meet-ups. It was bustling with laughter, people excited to see others they haven’t seen in a while, it was love and comradery.  It was GREAT! A few of us stuck behind and enjoyed some java and talked about how life is in recovery.

It was time well spent that night. I left with my leftovers, a skip in my step, a grin that was ear to ear, and a full love tank. Imagine 30+ men doing well in their recovery and that is enough to make anyone believe it can and has been done. It is ongoing and has bumps along the way, but it is so worth the journey.

“Just keep swimming” – to quote Finding Nemo

Since 2011, Jaymie has worked with clients at Sunshine Coast Health Center, creating an environment for clients that supports their needs. Jaymie has also battled and conquered substance abuse issues of her own and understands the dynamics of what it takes to be successful, healthy and happy. In 2011 she received an Addiction’s Careworker Diploma through McMaster University and continues to pursue her education in Counselling Psychology.

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I recently attended the Family Weekend at Sunshine Coast Health Centre and was so impressed with not only the tranquil beauty of the facility but, more importantly, the commitment of the staff in supporting the residents in all aspects of their journey to recovery. Myself and other Family Weekend participants were directly exposed to the tenets of the program thus facilitating our own acceptance of our loved ones' hardships or failings through to confidence that they will leave well armed with the tools to effectively manage their sobriety. It was truly a worthwhile experience and I left for home fully convinced that our selection of SCHC as the facility to bring our loved one through this very difficult journey was absolutely the right choice. We are so grateful for their professional skills and unwavering support for the whole family.

- Janice

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