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The Best of New West and The Boathouse

I was lucky enough to meet up with an alumnus to Skytrain-it to New West. To have the company and catch-up was AWESOME! He is doing so good – words that are a total understatement. It’s nice to listen to his successes. To hear the joy and happiness in his voice. It made for a fast ride.

The dinner bustled that night. Almost 30 men joined us and many of us lounged around for coffee and dessert afterwards. The time flew by.

As we went around the table and shared introductions – it was apparent that many men were successful in their recoveries! We had many men who had celebrated multiple years, there were multiple months, there were some that were almost at a year, and there were a few that had their struggles. More-so though they still found it in them to come out and get the support.

At one point I leaned back and just listened and enjoyed the chatter, the laughter, and the stories. It was an absolute delight to hear their booming voices talk about their recovery, Sober sports ball hockey, the water volleyball, the knitting, and the brotherhood they miss.

There is no doubt in my mind that we are doing our best by them and that we always wholeheartedly pursue ‘client-centred care.’ Many laugh and say, “can you believe it when I say I miss that place, I miss the guys, the ice cream” …laughter ensues. But that’s an honest statement I hear often. You know that old saying, “If I had a penny for everytime someone said that I’d be rich.”

I must add that,  The Boathouse and their staff, in New Westminster, always go above and beyond for us. Remarkable team. Our server tells me that, “we must continue to do the meaningful and good work we are doing.” She loves serving the guys and remembered some of the faces from last time.

It’s a big undertaking and to some, it might be the question: “why pay for a dinner 3 times a year?” To us, it’s why not? Social connection over a meal is what families do. We are like a family.

Once an alumni always an alumni.

Beautiful if you ask me.

I am forever grateful that I get to be a part of so many journeys in recovery.

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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