Recovery Day


RECOVERY DAY BC, overcoming addiction, September 10, 2016

The Orchard Recovery Center is proudly joining forces with our allies across the recovery community to bring you the 5th annual Recovery Day in BC! Check out Recovery Day BC’s Facebook page

Recovery Day BC - 2016


Where: New Westminster BC, 6th Street and 6th Avenue, Uptown New West

When: September 10, 2016 @ 2 pm to 6 pm


The Recovery Day Vancouver Society hosts the Fifth Annual “Recovery Day BC” in New Westminster. This year’s event has grown into a FREE street festival with headliner entertainment “Bif Naked” and her full rock show.  “Recovery Day BC” celebrates Canadians in recovery with a sole purpose of ‘ending the stigma’, people do recover from addiction and their families can heal.  The event is accompanied by an official Provincial Proclamation from Elizabeth the Second recognizing September 10, 2016 as Recovery Day BC. 


Special Performances by Bif Naked and her full rock show, local entertainment such at the R&B All Stars, a Wellness Centre featuring TEDx style speakers with 10 expert speakers discussing the many pathways to recovery, a family kids zone area and a street fair with over 40 service providers discussing recovery options.  A great place to learn about BC’s recovery services.   


The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the National Recovery Advisory Committee (NRAC) will attend this year’s event to share a preview of key findings from the first Canadian survey examining life in recovery in Canada. The survey gathered information on the life experiences of individuals in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs in Canada, including the personal journeys and different pathways that exist for Canadians.

From Recovery Day’s main stage, Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance will provide a preview of the key findings. Ms. Notarandrea will also be available for media interviews following her remarks. Together, CCSA and NRAC are sharing this preview as a first step to building a deeper understanding and compassion for those living through addiction and recovery. The development of the “Survey of Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada” is part of our ongoing efforts to bring people and organizations together to build awareness, challenge social stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities. The full report will be released in November.


  • 1000’s of recovering individuals and their allies celebrate recovery while  remembering those lost due to overdoses 
  • Nationally, organize and mobilize the millions of Canadians in long-term recovery from alcohol, drug and other addictions, our families, friends, and allies, to speak with one voice, that we do recover
  • Change public perception of recovery
  • Promote effective public policy in Ottawa and all provinces and territories
  • Keep a focus on the fact that recovery works and is making life better for Canadians
  • Share knowledge about the many pathways to recovery
  • It is our mission to bring the power and proof of recovery to everyone in Canada!

Our Part – Recovery Day’s History:

In July of 2012, Executive Director Lorinda Strang and her team at the Orchard Recovery Center were researching films for their upcoming film festival about raising awareness and sharing stories of hope in recovery. They were sent a link to filmmaker Greg William’s page on Kickstarter, a website that facilitates fundraising through online donations.

Williams’ project, The Anonymous People, aimed to publicize "the emerging Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement" in order to break the stigma of addiction and shift the focus from the problem to the solution.  Struck immediately by the filmmaker’s vision and eager to become involved with the project, the Orchard Recovery Center pledged $3000 to the project.  Over the next month, The Anonymous People surpassed its $45,000 fundraising goal through the donations of 272 backers to the sum of $70,061.  Williams was invited to speak at the Orchard’s 2nd Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival in October 2012.

Lorinda and her then communications director Anne Marie McCullough were aware that the US Government recognizes September as “Recovery Month” however, they found that Canada had no equivalent, and decided to start planning a local and public celebration of recovery.  Putting together a team with history in Canadian recovery was key to strengthening the movement – so the Orchard partnered with David Berner and Chuck Doucette of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada and Giuseppe Ganci of the Last Door Recovery Society.  They  obtained a permit for the event and David Berner wrote the proclamation that was officially issued by the mayor. This inspirational document signed by Mayor Gregor Robertson officially recognized September 30th, 2012 as Recovery Day in Vancouver.

An early idea for the event was to hold hands across the Lions Gate Bridge (a personal dream of Lorinda’s that would be tricky to get permits for) but the day evolved into an afternoon celebration including the proclamation being read by City Councilor Geoff Meggs with a rally and march on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The 2012 Recovery Day event and the Orchard’s 2012 REEL Recovery Film Festival were both documented by Williams for his film. He came back to Vancouver in May 2013 to show the completed film to a full house at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts theatre.  That night, it was announced that 12 cities across Canada would be hosting Recovery Day events throughout the month of September.

The Orchard is proud to have been a part of a team that initiated the Recovery Day movement across Canada, and continues to support the movement year after year with Executive Director Lorinda Strang serving on the Recovery Day Vancouver Society board as Treasurer. One day, Lorinda hopes the movement can evolve into joining hands across the Canadian/American border – bringing together our friends in the recovery across North America, to further give hope to those in recovery everywhere. 


Recovery Day BC Poster - 2016