BLAST RADIUS – News & Events

September 9th, 2016

fentanylposterPreventable Deaths: Inside B.C.’s Fentanyl Crisis

CBC Investigates presents “Preventable Deaths: Inside B.C.’s Fentanyl Crisis.” Tune in to this special multi-platform series on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition, CBC Vancouver News, or follow the series online at

First Episode – Saturday, September 10: Broken Rehab Promise – In the context of public health crisis, did B.C. blow its chance to prevent an estimated 800 overdose deaths this year in B.C. alone, where deaths are up 73% over last year?
Episodes starting Sept 10th – Sept 17th on CBC

Together We Can – Staff Spotlights

staff_courtney1Courtney Nichols
Art Therapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Courtney Nichols obtained a Master’s degree in Art Therapy in 2003 and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C. She is also Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for anxiety disorders with additional specialty training and experience working in the areas of depression, PTSD, OCD & psychosis.


louiegrant_200x250Louis Grant
Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist

Staff member Louis Grant is a highly experienced and certified addictions counsellor at Together We Can who has worked in the addiction recovery field for over 13 years. He is registered with the FNWACCB and has acquired an ICAS III – SAAT III designation as a Level Three Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist. Louis employs a variety of traditional approaches to healing, and uses the principles and concepts embedded in Aboriginal spirituality for use in his daily therapeutic treatments and counselling sessions.


RIDE – BWSS & Beauty Night Society Fundraiser

RTR Poster webIn support of BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services & Beauty Night Society, Together We Can organized a RIDE preceding The Recovery Day Street Festival on September 10th at 6th and 6th in New Westminster. A great day of fellowship, food and unity! All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Beauty Night Society and Battered Women’s Support Services.

Learn more about Battered Women’s Support Services  and the Beauty Night Society

We hope to see you at Together We Can on September 10th in support of this great cause!


The Alliance Program

TWC Staff Dr. Courtney Nichols - Registered Clinical Counsellor Don Presland - Addictions Counsellor
TWC Staff
Dr. Courtney Nichols – Registered Clinical Counsellor
Don Presland – Addictions Counsellor

The Alliance Program encompasses  a broad range of recovery principles and philosophies garnered from SMART recovery, NA, AA, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and REBT (rational emotive behavioural therapy).

Led by professionals with experience in the addictions field, clients also participate in additional programs including Reiki healing sessions, Yoga with an emphasis on breathing and relaxation, guided meditations and video presentations. Alliance strives to promote unity and create lasting, meaningful relationships between clients.

Counsellors at the Alliance Program ensure that a safe atmosphere, based on acceptance and inclusiveness, is maintained at all times. Clients are encouraged to express their feelings openly and honestly during daily process groups and one-on-one counselling sessions.


Untoxicated 2016

13901430_10153540282300876_37960183953065483_nA Vancouver Pride Society Partnered event, featured International Drag Star Courtney Act and Guest DJ Karsten Sollars. Other performers at the event included Morgan McMichaels, Jaylene Tyme, Iona Whip, Scizzor Fairy and many more.

Events such as Untoxicated promote unity and fellowship on a deep, meaningful level and harnesses the inviting atmosphere we strive to create here at Together We Can.


PTSD Awareness – Stanley Park Tire Flip

ptsd1Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society is very proud of TWC Alumni and former BC first responder Terrance Joseph Kosikar for his commitment to raising awareness for those who suffer with PTSD and addictions.

Terrance set out to bring the tragic results of untreated PTSD by flipping a 400 pound tractor tire several kilometres around Stanley Park while shackled in over 50 pounds of solid steel chain on two different occasions.

Terrance and everyone involved hope to honour the memory of Nodar Kumaritashvilli and the over 100 Canadian First Responders who have passed away due to suicide over the last two years.


SLAM Recovery Slo-Pitch Tournament

p1030670One behalf of everyone here at Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society we want to thank all those who volunteered, played, supported and helped organize this amazing weekend of Sport and Fellowship. With over 20 teams, 6 fields and 4 divisions of players, needless to say it was action packed!

Geoff ‘HoneyBoy’ Wilson played a mean broke blues guitar and sang with an emotive soul driven voice. Before Honeyboy and his band hit the stage, the crowd enjoyed the musical talents of Scizzor Fairy, Lance Larose and Gord Reimer.


Recovery Day 2016 – Rally Against Addiction! 

Recovery Day BC webThe TWC family was very excited to be a part of the 2016 Recovery Day Festival in New Westminster, BC. Public celebrations like these go very far to bridge the gap so families can begin to both learn about addiction and celebrate sobriety. 

Recovery day first began in September of 2012 in the cities of Victoria and Vancouver. Greg Williams, a passionate filmmaker, caught the attention of Lorinda Strang and Annie McCullough of the Orchard Recovery society with his pitch on the fundraising website “Kickstart”. Greg’s goal was to help educate people on the emerging “Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement” comprised of men and women living successful and happy lives in recovery. His film, “Faces and Voices of Recovery” created the catalyst for a movement which has swept across the country, evolving into a celebration allowing individuals to speak their truth and spread messages of hope on a grand scale.


Pride Parade 2016 – Equality In Recovery

pride1The 38th Annual Pride Parade took place on July 31st and TWC’s beach fantasy float was a definite crowd-pleaser! Volunteers, alumni, clients, family members and staff joined together to decorate, dance and join in to the festivities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the event and even stopped by to shake hands with TWC pride goers before the float departed.

This was a special day for TWC since it was our first ever year entering a float into Vancouver’s legendary annual pride weekend. DJ Stamina undoubtedly followed through with his promise to keep onlookers and participants jumping at with high-octane beats that literally shook the float.


Recent Sobriety Milestones

birthdaysMick Dosanjh – Addictions Counsellor at TWC – August 5th, 2016 – 10 Years Sober

Daniel M – August 5th, 2016 – Funding Coordinator at TWC – 1 Year Sober

Don Presland – September 6th, 2016 – TWC Alliance Program Coordinator – 1 Year Sober – Cake at The VRC on Saturday, September 10th at 7:30

Rodrigo Rementeria  – August 7th, 2016 – House Manager at TWC Alliance Program – 1 Year Sober

Johnny Ruth – Support Worker at TWC – 19 Years Sober – August 20th, 2016

Dan Bernard – Counsellor – 8 Years Sober – September 6, 2016

Jess Charbonneau – Alumni – 1 Year Sober – August 9th, 2016

Mike Knutson – August 17th, 2016 – Alumni – 1 Year Sober

Frank K – September 6, 2016 – Alumni – Alumni – 6 Years Sober

Jeremy F – September 12, 2016 – Alumni – 1 Year Sober



twc-the-originals-sept-ns-alanoTWC – THE ORIGINALS is expanding!!! We will still be at The VRC once a month, but we are adding both the Vancouver Alano Club, and North Shore Alano Club to our venue roster. We’re looking forward to one of our favourite events!

Please join us for an evening of live performances, celebrating the arts in recovery! 9:00pm Friday Sept 16th at the The North Shore Alano Club. 176 East 2nd St, N.Vancouver


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