First Step toward the Creation of a Therapeutic Recovery Community in Vancouver Island
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I am writing to you on behalf of the Nanaimo Area Chamber of Commerce and First Nations, as well as the Nanaimo Region Chamber of Commerce and the Nanaimo Chapter of the Canadian Council of Lobbying (CCL).
Your organizations are providing significant grants to organizations working hard to address important issues facing our community. The Nanaimo and Area Chamber of Commerce is working closely with the Nanaimo Region Chamber of Commerce where our offices are located as well as our community members. In this way, the CCL and Nanaimo Area Chamber of Commerce have united to ensure that our community’s business and educational community remain on the cutting edge of the issues facing our community.
As a result, we have made a commitment to provide $1 million in grants through the Nanaimo Region Chamber of Commerce and the Nanaimo Chapter of the Canadian Council of Lobbying (CCL).
In addition, we are also engaging our federal, provincial and municipal partners to identify grants that can support our programs. As I have been making this commitment, we are in the process of securing up to $500,000. This amount will be used to fund programs across our board, to support the programs we are already providing, to provide additional grants to our partners and to increase the number of organizations that can access the grants that we are already making available.
To date, the Nanaimo area businesses that are eligible for these grants include not only those that are engaged in the services of the chamber, but also those that are providing other services.
We are thankful for the hard work that our local organizations and staff have engaged in to provide a variety of services to the public.
I look forward to working with the government, businesses, labour, community and other partners to ensure that our organizations are providing services to the community that will help our region thrive as a place to live, find, work and play.
First step toward the creation of a therapeutic recovery community in Vancouver Island.
Article Title: First step toward the creation of a therapeutic recovery community in Vancouver Island | Programming.
The first step towards the creation of a therapeutic recovery community in Vancouver Island takes the form of an international collaboration of people who are trained to implement and work with people in their own community. This community, called L’Île Des Pêches, is the result of this work and the ongoing efforts of the International Association of Community Therapists (IACT). The IACT’s mission is to develop community-engaged, service-oriented professionals to serve as advocates for people in need or as service providers who are committed to helping people with addiction recover from their dependency on drugs or alcohol or other addictive behaviors. We are working to provide a framework for people who are committed to their recovery from addiction to work with other people in their community to improve their lives through the work of recovery.
In the spring of 2005, two young men, James and Sam, with a lot of promise, were enrolled in a residential drug and alcohol intervention program at the Mount Pleasant School on Vancouver Island. James and Sam were both involved in recovery from their addictions for about three years. James was participating in the Mount Pleasant program and Sam and Sam’s friend John were participating in an IACT-run residential recovery program in Burnaby, British Columbia. Together the two young men had done the IACT’s Recovery Program Introduction Course, completed a training course at the IACT’s Recovery Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and had been working with the IACT to help them understand more about the ways recovery from addiction has a transformative effect on their lives. After James and Sam had worked with the IACT for several years and had helped them learn more about the impact of recovery from addiction, they were eager to join the L’Île Des Pêches Project.
James and Sam met with IACT colleagues on Vancouver Island to discuss the purpose and the structure of L’Île Des Pêches. The members of this group were drawn to these young men because they had worked with IACT colleagues on recovery as part of the Recovery Program Introduction Course at the Mount Pleasant School and because they had done the recovery work of the Recovery Program Introduction Course that they had done elsewhere.
The Therapeutic Recovery Community of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMAS ).
This study was funded by a grant (no. 547) from the Therapeutic Recovery Community of the Canadian Mental Health Association to the Department of Health, Family and Community Medicine at McGill University.
The Therapeutic Recovery Communities (TRCs) serve a broad population of Canadians who seek to engage in a community-based course to promote recovery and well being. The TRCs facilitate and enhance the recovery experience for people who have alcohol and/or substance use disorders. They create individualized therapeutic environments that support the client to be successful in life and the process of recovery, and they offer therapeutic tools to help clients achieve optimal outcomes in their lives. This article explores how the TRCs work, and how they are different from other recovery programs.
The TRCs involve a number of different types of structures, as well as a number of different treatment plans.
The recovery community where the treatment occurs.
An individual assessment and referral system.
A clinical team consisting of clinical case workers (CWCs ), psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals.
An assessment group that includes all the above people.
An in-house treatment group that includes the above people.
A network of support and resources that includes the above people.
Each of these components work differentially with the individual client to facilitate or enhance the therapeutic process. For example, the recovery community has a number of different structures that include the community and the individual assessment, as well as a larger organizational structure, the network of support and resources, the in-house treatment group, and the assessment group. This organizational structure is particularly important because it provides the client with the opportunity to develop a sense of community in the presence of an experienced clinician. It also facilitates the individual assessment. It can also facilitate the development of the treatment plan. Each of these components work on the level of the individual.
Supporting local journalism during the pandemic.
Article Title: Supporting local journalism during the pandemic | Programming.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is making the news more difficult for many people.
While the media is under quarantine, and many are trying to create a self-sustaining media ecosystem, our own community of journalists are also facing pressure — at a time when we couldn’t just open up and let people express themselves any other way. We’re in need of a space for those of us who are local journalists to have our voices heard while maintaining the health and safety of everyone.
We need to hold those who are making headlines accountable for their actions and actions against the public good. We need to speak freely, and in the name of the public good.
We need to stand up for the truth, and in favor of a community of journalism where people can get their news.
We need a space that is open for the most basic forms of journalism, where people can make their voice heard, without fear of reprisal.
We need a space where people are free to express how they feel, without censorship or threats.
“What’s the best way to tell the government they need to enforce social distancing and lockdowns?” asks the reporter.
“Let them come to us. We’ll take care of it,” says one person.
We need to go into the dark, and into the isolation, and find ways to give people what they need — in this moment. The information age has changed the way we are used to looking at the world. The pandemic has altered the way we look at news — and people who are out of work and facing bankruptcy, and losing homes.
“There’s this thing called journalism, and it’s a job that people choose to do, and sometimes that job is very difficult. And the hardest job of all is reporting the news.
– John Lautenberg, U.
“It’s amazing — a lot of people who’ve gotten out of the workforce.
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