Recovery Day Ottawa


Join with us for the official Recovery Day Ottawa celebration in the National Capital at Ottawa City Hall.

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.

A Conversation about Addiction and Treatment:
What Does the Science say?

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Colonel By Room - Ottawa City Hall (Second Floor)

Recovery Day Ottawa pre-rally conversation about addiction and treatment in our times by professionals in the field. Hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).


Dr. Kim Corace

Dr. Kim Corace is the Director of Clinical Programming and Research in the Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, a Clinical Health Psychologist, and an Associate Professor at University of Ottawa. She works at local, provincial, and national levels to improve access to care and treatment outcomes for those struggling with mental health and substance use co-morbidities.


Dr. Kim Hellemans

Dr. Kim Hellemans is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. Her research has explored the biological basis of vulnerability to addiction.


Dr. John Weekes

Dr. John Weekes is an addictions researcher and drug strategy advisor who has worked in the criminal justice system in Canada and internationally for almost 30 years.