Recovery Day Winnipeg Helping To End Stigma of Addiction and Recovery

Recovery Day Winnipeg Helping To End Stigma of Addiction and Recovery

St. Raphael Wellness Centre (SRWC) and Aurora Recovery Centre are hosting

Recovery Day Winnipeg 2020
September 12 from 5 pm to 7 pm

Due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s event is online via Facebook Live. Viewers can tune into the event through the Recovery Day website or Facebook page.


Recovery Day Winnipeg (RDW) held its inaugural event in September 2018, organized by SRWC, and again in 2019 at The Forks by both organizations, which was a momentous success with an estimated crowd of around 5,000 event goers.

“Even with the chaos of the pandemic, we were able to involve some very strong voices for this year’s event, which goes to show you not only the depth of how addiction and recovery impact us all but also how important it is to end the stigma around it,” explains Barret Davies, Marketing Director at Aurora Recovery Centre and RDW Co-Executive Leader.

Recovery Day gives Winnipeg a chance to build awareness around addiction and mental health, challenge social stigma, celebrate recovery, and improves life for individuals, families, communities, and businesses. Recovery Day, which happens every year in cities across Canada and the United States, supports those in recovery and their loved ones, aims to end the stigma of addictions and mental health, provides resources for those who might be seeking help, and brings the community together in unity to fight against such a terrible disease.

“We’ve come a long way since SRWC inaugurated Recovery Day Winnipeg back in 2018, but we still have a long way to go. Our hope is that our message gets louder and reaches more people every year, as the stigma needs to end. Addiction impacts everyone. It does not discriminate,” states Colleen Allan, Executive Director of St. Raphael Wellness Centre and RDW Co-Executive Leader.

Recovery Day allows people to engage with their own stories of recovery, have their voices heard, and their passion demonstrated. Addiction impacts everyone. No one is safe from it. This special day opens the conversation so that individuals and families will not experience shame in seeking help.

This year’s event features:

  • Professional comedian and TV host, Jon Ljungberg (Emcee)
  • Actor, musician, and activist, Tom Jackson (Headliner)
  • Local music by:
    • Grammy-nominated rap artist, Fresh IE
    • Indigenous singer/songwriter Violet Vopni and jazz guitarist Clinton Giesbrecht, The Keen and The Kind
  • Speakers:
    • Best Selling Author, celebrated sports broadcaster and host of The Rod Pedersen Show, Rod Pedersen
    • Member/player/writer/producer with groups like the Waking Eyes, Imaginary Cities, the Weakerthans and the Sheepdogs, Rusty Matyas
  • Greetings from:
    • Mayor Brian Bowman
    • Honourable MP Dan Vandal

This year’s event was made possible through the organizational support of St. Raphael Wellness Centre and Aurora Recovery Centre, and by sponsorship from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, MJ Roofing, Two Ten Recovery, and Edgewood Health Network.