There are more than 4 million Canadians in
recovery from addiction, contributing to the health and well-being of
our communities. Best selling author, Ann Dowsett Johnston is one of
them. She takes a hard look at the stigma around the disease of
addiction. As well, she explores closing the gender gap on problematic
drinking, the role of marketing, campus culture, plus socio-economic
pressures influencing the way in which women drink. Her aim: to
jumpstart a national dialogue on a public health challenge.
John Weston, MP - West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country
John Weston, MP has spearheaded several health and substance-related
initiatives, including two Private Members' Bills that became law
(Tackling Crystal Meth and Ecstasy; National Health & Fitness Day).
He co-chairs the Conservative Caucus on Combating Substance Abuse and
is heavily involved in efforts to deal with prescription drug abuse and
to promote recovery from substance abuse.
Dr. Maire Durnin, MD, PhD, Msc, BA(Mod), CCFP (c) ISAM, ABAM, MRO Dr. Maire Durnin has been in medical
practice for 20 years and is certified in addiction medicine. In
addition to being an integral part of the treatment team at the
Orchard Recovery Center, Dr. Durnin is an advocate for continuing
education and de-stigmatizing the disease of addiction in our
About the Speaker
Ann Dowsett Johnston is an award-winning journalist, best known as the
chief architect of the Maclean's rankngs of Canadian universities. She
is the bestselling author of Drink: The Initmate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.
Winner of the Atkinson Fellowship on Public Policy, Dowsett Johnston
is also the founder of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and
Alcohol and a founding director of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada.
She is currently CEO of Pine River Foundation.
Other Proud Partners of the Event:
West Vancouver School District
The Orchard Recovery Center, Bowen Island
Dr. Sandra Wiebe, Family Physician, North Shore