Strengthening Your Voice trains people with lived experience of problematic use of opioids in sharing their stories with others. This training is inclusive of and honours all recovery choices (including methadone and other harm reduction options, abstinence, and 12-step approaches).
At the end of the training, you will:
- Feel confident framing, sharing, and delivering your story in an unbiased and safe way.
- Know how to deal with personal triggers, multiple audience dynamics, and potential responses and reactions.
- Be connected with a network of people who use their personal stories to build understanding and break down stigma about opioid use.
- Receive a certificate of completion from the Provincial System Support Program at CAMH.
Cost - FREE. Honoraria will be provided and reasonable travel expenses will be covered. Breakfast and lunch are included.
- Lived experience of opioid misuse (self, family, or significant other).
- Interested in sharing your story publicly to build understanding and break down stigma.
- Have achieved a significant level of recovery.
*Please note that, depending on the number of applications, not every person who applies will be accepted as a participant.
Sean LeBlanc founded the Drug Users Advocacy League in Ottawa and is a peer support worker and community researcher.
Betty-Lou Kristy lost her son, Pete, to an accidental overdose. She dedicates her time as a provincial systems level, lived experience and "family" advisor / consultant.
APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6.
APPLICANTS WHO HAVE APPLIED PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 30 WILL BE INFORMED OF THE STATUS OF THEIR APPLICATION ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5.