For the last eleven years I have been engaging with you on behalf of FSRC through social media channels, our website and blogs; and in person through events, advocacy, community and one on one. It is with a heavy heart and mixed emotions that this will be my last “official Fresh Start” post.  For me, it is not about saying no to a relationship with Fresh Start, but about leaning in to a bigger YES!

My journey with Fresh Start began in December of 2010 just after I celebrated one-year of continuous sobriety. I feel I uncovered much of the goodness within my being because of the experiences I was gifted with during my time here. I am truly grateful for being able to learn, grow, expand, advocate, teach and be an ambassador for this incredible organization.

My time at FSRC did not just teach me grace, but how to be GRACEFUL. I learned in my time here that small risks can lead to big rewards, and that when we can see with our hearts, we help others tap into theirs. THIS is Recovery.

Over the past five years I have built a lovely community yoga studio (www.bridgewateryoga.ca) on the water in Chippawa, Ontario where my family and I live above. Moving to Ontario was a huge risk for us when we left Calgary, and it has turned out to be a huge reward. I have become a yoga teacher and certified to teach Yoga for 12-Step Recovery. Together with my husband Chris, and a staff of remarkable instructors, we have been leading these classes for the last few years, and we now have the inspired idea to transition our studio into a Recovery Community Center. I will continue to use what I’ve learned at Fresh Start, to lead with love, and support those who come to our Centre looking for recovery.

I have also built a successful Recovery Coaching, Counselling and Companioning business that is incredibly rewarding. It has been a significant calling for me in recent years, and my biggest ‘hell yes!’

On the website we say, “We know it may not feel like it right now, but trust us—change can start right here,” and it does. Over the past 11-years I have witnessed some miraculous changes in the staff, men, women, and families we serve; that has been both a privilege and an honour. I have watched our team help individuals and families recover and find the courage to change by using the tools they have gained at Fresh Start to live happy productive lives in recovery.

Many of you know Robby Sidhu through FSRC or thorough recovery and service. For the past month I have had the blessing of mentoring him on the parts of my role he will undoubtedly take to the next level. As I log out out of social media for the last time, I am sending you all so much love and with profound gratitude saying ‘see you later.’

Lisa Simone

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Government of Alberta supports Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Recovery-Oriented Communities of Care which include addiction treatment and post-treatment housing. Their goal is to create lasting Recovery in Alberta for individuals, families, and entire communities promoting the fact that Recovery is Real, Attainable, and Sustainable. All Albertans can experience the positive and healing effects of Recovery Capital. For more information please visit their website https://www.alberta.ca/addiction-mental-health.aspx

Mission Fit

Ron Jarrett, owner of Mission Fitness is what a committed and helpful community partner is all about. He trains the clients in the house weekly and believes that true strength and progress can only be made from a solid foundation.  That foundation includes alignment, mobility and stability, and must address any muscular imbalances, weaknesses and lack of connection.  Achieving this level means the body is able to progress safely without fear of injury. www.missionfit.ca

for more information about Fresh Start Recovery Centre or any of our programs.

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