Rising From The Ashes... The Journey To Living The Good Life

The Edmonton National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) Committee will kick off the week by joining Mayor Stephen Mandel in proclaiming Nov. 18-24 National Addictions Awareness Week at a City Hall ceremony, Nov. 19. The theme of the week is “Rising from the ashes… the journey to living the good life.” The event will take place at noon and will feature speakers from REACH Edmonton, the NAAW Committee, Alberta Health Services and the Edmonton Police Service. On Saturday, Nov. 24 Edmonton families are invited to join in the fun at Ross Shepherd School as the Edmonton NAAW Committee celebrates making healthy life choices. Rising From the Ashes will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s gymnasiums and will feature free demonstrations in dance, yoga, hula hoop, break dancing and drumming. Free lunch will be served and prizes will be available to be won. In addition to tons of family fun, a variety of organizations will have display booths with relevant information for individuals and families to take home. A number of local presenters will share stories on themes of overcoming addictions and choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. One of these speakers is Jamie Courtorielle, of Riding 4 Mentors. Courtorielle is a 26-year-old Aboriginal who spent 10 years fighting addictions and living the “street life,” participating in theft, drug dealing and eventually a home invasion. Three years ago, Courtorielle decided that he was tired of spinning his wheels and made up his mind to make some life-altering changes. After completing treatment and graduating from university, he dedicated his life to sharing his experiences and promoting positive choices. Courtorielle has completed a bike ride across Canada to share his message - Riding 4 Mentors and Cycling 4 Change. “My goal was to pedal to every major city in each province across Canada,” said Courtorielle. “My history is my tool for both educational and inspirational purposes. Sharing my life in going from addiction to success has become my gift.” He hopes his story will inspire young people, service providers and people who are caught up in addictions themselves. Courtorielle is just one of the inspiring speakers who will be sharing their stories and ideas on addictions and prevention issues. For an interview with Jamie Courtorielle please contact Jamie at (780) 802-3366 or email jamiecourtorielle@live.com For all other enquiries regarding NAAW please contact Alar Aksberg at (780) 909-0215 or email EdmontonNAAW@gmail.com