Recovery Day Ottawa

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Join with us for the official Recovery Day Ottawa celebration in the National Capital at Ottawa City Hall, on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

During the month of September, Canadians are gathering to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a world where all individuals will have access to the support they need when seeking help.

We believe by speaking out as people living in recovery, or as family, friends and supporters of those affected by addiction, we save lives.

Through our personal stories and shared experience, we hope to inspire others to join us. Together, we demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.

SISTER LOUISE DUNN

2016 RECIPIENT OF THE RECOVERY DAY OTTAWA AWARD

On July 4, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended Sister Louise Dunn for her "remarkable work and her service to others." Sister Louise was deeply touched and said it was "a heart to heart moment for her. The Prime Minister was incredibly gracious, fully present to the moment." Sister Louise and the Prime Minister took a few minutes alone and that conversation, says Sister Louise, "will remain between us." 

David McGuinty MP, Ottawa South said, "It is a privilege to continue to work with Sister Louise; her dedication to helping families overcome addictions is appreciated by our entire community. She has helped countless Canadians and we are simply blessed to benefit from her kindness, experience, generosity and compassion."

"It was a remarkable moment," said Wally Clare, Executive Director of Serenity Renewal. "If you know and love Sister Louise it was more than special. She was absolutely marvellous."

A WOMAN OF MANY GIFTS

Sister Louise, age 83, works a full five-day schedule plus some weekends counselling clients and facilitating workshops. Sister Louise, along with Alexa Smith, co-founded Serenity Renewal for Families in 1983 as a non-denominational organization to help all family members, including children, cope with the destructive force on the family as a whole.

Since its founding, Serenity Renewal for Families has had more than 100,000 enrolments in a diverse range of workshops and counselling opportunities. 

2016 RECOVERY DAY OTTAWA AWARD

After the meeting with the Prime Minister, Gord Garner, Chair, Recovery Day Ottawa (RDO) announced that Sister Louise had been the unanimous selection to receive the second annual Recovery Day Ottawa Award for Perseverance and Commitment to Addiction Recovery. RDO is a public celebration of addiction recovery held on September 24 at Ottawa City Hall. Mayor Jim Watson will also be in attendance and issue an official Recovery Day Ottawa Proclamation. Join us to thank Sister Louise for her dedication to our community!

To learn more about Sister Louise and the organization she founded, visit http://www.serenityrenewal.ca.