City of Brantford Proclaims September 23 – 29, 2018 as "Recovery Week" in Brantford 

For Immediate Release
9/24/2018 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications & Community Engagement 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

Brantford, ON – At its meeting held on July 24, 2018 Brantford City Council officially proclaimed the week of September 23rd, 2018 as “Recovery Week” in Brantford.

The City is proud to join the Brant County Health Unit and St. Leonard’s Community Services to build community awareness, challenge stigma and celebrate the dramatic positive impact that recovery can have on individuals, families and communities.

Recovery Week celebrates the many pathways to recovery, supporting individuals to return to their quality of life as they overcome the challenges associated with entering and maintaining recovery.

"A key objective of Recovery Week is to challenge societal stigma and raise awareness to remove barriers to support”, said Alexandra Graham, Manager, Strategic Planning and Community Partnerships. “We’re grateful to Council for bringing awareness to this important initiative as a focus on treatment and recovery is such a vital part of the Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy."

Kim Baker, Director of Clinical Services at St. Leonard's Community Services notes that, "St. Leonard's Community Services is committed to collaborating with our partners to ensure that individuals struggling with addiction have access to services that support their recovery. The proclamation of Recovery Week is a significant step to reducing stigma in our community."

"The Health Unit is pleased to support Recovery Week Brantford. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the recovery community in our city," said Christina Rajsic, Director, Program Standards at the Brant County Health Unit.

Quick Facts

The Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada Report (2017) surveyed individual’s experiences pre and post recovery, highlighting the positive changes that happen in recovery.

  • 96% of those in recovery reported having stable housing compared to 65% in active addiction.
  • 79% of those surveyed in recovery reported remaining steadily employed compared to 53% in active addiction.
  • 90% of those in recovery reported participating in family activities compared to 31% of those in active addiction.
  • 89% of those surveyed in recovery reported planning for the future compared to 22% of those in active addiction.

Related Links

Follow @StLeonardsC on Twitter for updated information regarding Recovery Week events and activities.

Media Contacts

Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | mvisocchi@brantford.ca

Courtney Westerhof, Communications Advisor
Brant County Health Unit | Office: 519-753-4937, ext. 347| courtney.westerhof@bchu.org