I was the first responder to a fatal accident during an event at the Whistler Sliding Center during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Although I was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, I was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, I developed Post Traumatic Stress Injury ( ptsd ) that launched me into a very costly downward spiral.
During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, I lost my family, my career, and nearly my life. Pushed to my breaking point, I found salvation within. Escaping to the back-country near Lillooet, BC, I found peace and purpose in mother nature’s beauty and simplicity. Many others who have suffered from PTS have not been so lucky.
It is my mission in life to help people who are suffering from PTS overcome this terrible injury. We will be offering a series of week long introspective nature retreats at Camp My Way. These trips will give people suffering from PTS – Mental Health and Substance Abuse challenges an opportunity to leave their real world problems behind, and to find themselves in some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. In my experience, this has proven to be an incredibly effective method to help manage my life .
Mallory Fewster is a mother in recovery with two vibrant and beautiful girls. She is well known in the recovery community for her involvement with Elizabeth Fry Society, Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre and the Growing Great Kids program. During COVID-19 she began attending mothers on recovery Zoom meetings on a regular basis and immediately got involved in helping out with hosting meetings to encourage and support other mothers in recovery. She is the perfect choice to help lead Family Recovery Society’s Outreach & Events Team because she knows how it feels to feel alone, and always makes a special effort to make every single mother and father in our community feel welcome and appreciated at meetings and events. Her energy, creativity and joy are a gift to our community and we are grateful for her service!
Family Recovery Society
Family Recovery Society is a non-profit organization that supports parents on their pathway to recovery from addiction. We offer weekly support meetings, leadership opportunities, education and resources that help build strong, empowered families.
We believe that supporting and connecting parents is the best way to build long-term, sustainable recovery for families. The work we do in Family Recovery Society is helping break generational trauma patterns by creating opportunities for connection, education and empowerment to the mothers, fathers and children in our recovery community.