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Fresh Start offers an integrated approach of in-house and in-community support to individuals and their families.”
– Jennifer Kent-Charpentier • Program Manager, FSRC

 

The Fresh Start Staff

Fresh Start employs a staff of dedicated and compassionate professionals and volunteers.

Our commitment to the success of our program is reflected in the high standard of our work, and our adherence to our core values. We place a premium on the ethics, education and training that will serve to provide our clients with the best path to recovery. Our professional and volunteer experience is augmented by the fact that a significant number of us are in recovery ourselves, and are proud to serve as examples that change is possible.

Stacey Petersen

Stacey Petersen
Executive Director

Bruce Holstead

Bruce Holstead
Director of Operations

Wayne Steer

Wayne Steer
Director of Fund Development

Kate King

Kate King
Executive Assistant

Pat Cole

Pat Cole
Financial Administrator

Lisa Simone

Lisa Simone
National Communications Director

Jennifer Kent-Charpentier

Jennifer Kent-Charpentier
Program Manager

Jennifer Kent-Charpentier

Gillian Baay
Events Coordiantor

Nicole Mckenna

Nicole Mckenna
Intake Coordinator & Program Support

Tony Kokol

Tony Kokol
Lead Addiction Counselor

Ian Hipperson

Ian Hipperson
Addiction Counselor

Ian McGregor

Ian McGregor
Addiction Counselor

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg
Addiction Counselor

Andrew "AJ" Jenkins

Andrew "AJ" Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

Wayne Porter

Wayne Porter
Lead Supervisor

Kevin McPherson

Kevin McPherson
Head Chef

Grant Clowes

Grant Clowes
Facilities Manager

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat
Facilities Manager

Connie Rogiani

Connie Rogiani
Administrative Assistant

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Tuesday I became a dad.  Yesterday was my one year anniversary with my amazing and supportive wife.  Today is my first Father's  Day with our five day old baby girl Zoey and on Tuesday we will be purchasing a condo in Hawaii (yes Hawaii) where we moved a few months ago.  To say my life is a miracle is an understatement; and with the gift I have an opportunity to share it with others in hopes of helping, inspiring,or perhaps creating a little more ease in ones life.  If you are struggling - I get it. I did too.  For most of my life.  What I know is that you have to want this.  With a true desire to change your life, a support system and a higher power - you can and will get better.  I offer you how i worked the steps as you must do the work also to get better.  Faith without works in dead. 

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Bob L. at the Banff Round Up left us with this aphorism: “I was always cleaning up the wreckage of the future.”


One understanding of this is the fear and anxiety that I experience during the day. Often, I have started the day with a sense of impending doom. At other times, I don’t start with that feeling but acquire it through the day. The feeling seems to arise spontaneously. No reason or cause for that feeling of dread and doom that I can see or discern, but the feeling is there. And I combine this feeling with the alcoholic magic trick of converting feelings to facts. If I feel it, then it must be true.

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I am an alcoholic. I drank alcoholically all the time. That is an excellent name for my condition. It helps to know the name of the problem, but it does not fix it. I have to have a spiritual awakening to fix it, and I can achieve that by doing the steps. The steps have one promise and one promise only. The result of these steps is a spiritual awakening. That will fix the alcoholic problem.

I suffer from Narcissistic Injuries all the time. That is an excellent name for my sensitive nature. Narcissistic Injury – a psychological term - taking personally utterly indifferent and objective events. I do that when my sense of self is fragile and when I depend on life going my way all the time. It helps to have a name, but that does not fix it. I have to do something to fix it.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug-25-2018
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally


Aug-29-2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration


Sep-13-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

START DATE - Family Healing Program


Sep-20-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program


Sep-26-2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration