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This approach and the dedicated staff at Fresh Start offer individuals the best chance for lasting sobriety.”
– Craig Borgland •  Board Chairman, FSRC

 

Fresh Start Recovery Centre Board of Directors

Fresh Start is fortunate to rely on the sound judgment and wisdom of a very experienced and diverse Board of Directors. Their passion for excellence and their belief in the value of our work serve us well.

Craig H. BorglandCraig H. Borgland, BA Econ

Board Chairman and Fund Development Committee

Oil & Gas
Board Member since April 2011


“My goal is to contribute my resources to helping families overcome addiction, and I believe that the Fresh Start approach provides the best opportunity for success. It’s the comprehensive therapeutic approach, powered by the passion, expertise and dedication of its staff that makes Fresh Start so successful.”

 

Dale BurstallDale Burstall

Vice Chair, Secretary and Audit Committee

Law
Board Member since November 2002


“Being part of Fresh Start allows me to dedicate my expertise and life values to helping those struggling with addiction. I believe that the continued successes of Fresh Start towards helping these men and their families, is truly a blessing to society.”

 

Charlene McLaughlinCharlene McLaughlin

Fund Development Committee Chair


Law
Board Member since 2014


“Fresh Start is family. I came to know Fresh Start when looking for help for a loved one.  What I discovered was an organization doing tremendous work for addiction recovery, with knowledgeable caring counselors and executive, dedicated alumni and community supporters, and committed board members. It is inspiring, and a privilege to participate in the success of Fresh Start.”

 

Wilfreda E ThurstonWilfreda E Thurston

Governance Committee Committee

Professor -Department Community Health Sciences
Board Member since November 2013


“Many years ago I worked in addictions prevention and treatment. Also, my family has not been left unscarred by addictions. I know what a devastating role addictions has in our communities. When I was approached to be on the board, Fresh Start had just opened a new facility and I knew adaptation was ahead. Still there was the real possibility of more challenges and growth. Having served on other non-profit boards I was pleased to offer my experience in support.”

Stephanie BorglandStephanie Borgland

Fund Development Committee

Medical
Board Member since June 2015


“Addiction is highly prevalent and affects everyone. I have a strong interest in supporting Fresh Start which offers an integrated approach of in-house and in-community support to individuals and their families. This approach and the dedicated staff at Fresh Start offer individuals the best chance for lasting sobriety.”

 

 

Stephanie BorglandGlen Rumpel

Director

Board Member since November 2016


My first recollection of an alcoholic was my father when I was around six. That same year he joined AA, got sober and went on to live an incredible rewarding life. He often said that the program saved his life. I guess you could say I followed in my father's footsteps finding sobriety at the age of 34. The last 28 years have been a constant reminder of what one can achieve when you get clean. I have witnessed firsthand what addiction looks like in the eyes of a family. I have lost a son and brother to drugs. If my being on the board of Fresh Start results in saving just one soul from the disease of addiction and then I will consider my time well served.

 

 

JanJan Gryckiewicz

Director

Board Member since November 2016


Addiction has impacted both my personal and business life .. I would like to help both the addict and their families battle this terrible disease and the epidemic it has become.

 

 

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So my ten year journey has been one with many, many setbacks and pain, but ultimately so much opportunity for growth. The NA/AA programs and steps let me see who I was, and all the love and encouragement I received from friends and family led me to a life worth living.

You can ask me has it been easy. No! I have never worked so hard in all my years. Yet the work goes on, progress, not perfection! Every day brings me closer to the man I should be, and further from the wretch I was. Keeping growth and gratitude is difficult, but the grace of God and the love I receive, keeps me there.

Is it easy? No!  Is it worth it Yes, yes and yes!

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We ARE a community that shows up for one another –whether you are a donor, supporter, family member, resident, alumni, volunteer, board member, staff or friend of Fresh Start - - this movement is about the tapestry of lives woven together to make lasting change… and change we are making. In ourselves, in others, in this city and country.

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The journey of addiction IS someone’s dark night of the soul… the journey of recovery asks us all to cast a light upon the silence, the shame and the stigma... and that takes courage.  We need you and your support to courageously shine the light. You have an opportunity to cast out the darkness.  You have an opportunity to be someone for someone. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Family Healing Program Alumni Meeting

Feb-14-2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This is a weekly meeting on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm at Fresh Start.  This meeting is open to anyone who has completed the Family Healing program. 
 
Alumni meetings are another tool to support the ongoing recovery of Alumni.  They serve as a bridge for the new members during the transition from attending group to life in their own homes and community.  For a newcomer in the FHP relationships to a group of people who share a common experience can be a key element to making that transition as smooth as possible.  These relationships foster a sense of unity, community, and belonging.  Having said that, this group will work most effectively with your help through attendance, chairing the meetings, being part of a planning committee and eventually creating an alumni board.    For more details please contact jennifer@freshstartrecovery.ca