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.



1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We are pleased to present our lineup of public speakers for Recovery Day Ottawa. Join us in welcoming Patrick Dion, Joe Roberts, Brooke M. Feldman and Chris Grosso to the RDO2016 Stage. Also speaking are Dr. Isra Levy, Chief Medical Officer for Health, City of Ottawa; and Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will proclaim September 24 as Recovery Day in Ottawa.


Patrick Dion

Master of Ceremonies — Patrick is a leading government relations professional and community leader. He has an active role in many local endeavours, including local and national mental health, homelessness and philanthropy.  He serves as vice chair to the board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is a recipient of the Order of Ottawa.

Claudette Commanda

Professor Claudette Commanda is an Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation located in the province of Quebec.

Claudette is an alumni of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and Faculty of Arts. She has dedicated the last 30 years promoting First Nations people, history, culture and rights in various capacities as a University of Ottawa student, professor, member and chair of the aboriginal education council; and in the public forum via speaking events. She is a professor for the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Women’s Studies; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Law; and the Aboriginal Studies Program, teaching courses on First Nations Women; Native Education; First Nations People and History; Indigenous Traditions; and Decolonization.

In addition, she is the Executive Director of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, a national organization which protects and promotes First Nations culture, languages and traditional knowledge. She is inducted into the Common Law Honour Society; served two terms on the Board of Governors for the First Nations University of Canada; and three terms as a duly elected official on the Kitigan Zibi Band Council. 

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Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change.

Joe has witnessed human behaviour at its depths and its peaks, in personal and professional life, and he has captured his experiences in thought-leading principles that are critical to success.

He is the former President and CEO of a successful multimedia company. Joe is a well polished inspirational speaker that has delivered his keynote to over 1,000,000 people over the last 15 years.

He is committed to helping young people break through their most difficult barriers and is the perfect front man for The Push for Change.



Brooke is a mental health and addiction recovery advocate, and Director of Recovery Support & Health Promotion Initiatives; Achara Consulting, Inc. 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brooke openly identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ communities and a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. What this means for Brooke is that she has not used alcohol or other drugs for close to 11 years and, in turn, has been able to stop the intergenerational transmission of addiction that claimed her own mother’s life at a young age. Having spent the past decade working in various direct care, community outreach, administrative/policy, program coordination and training roles under some of the field's highest regarded leaders, Brooke has combined her lived experience with a wide spectrum of professional experience to serve as a support to those in or seeking recovery.