A fifth installment of the popular Sarnia Speaks series will focus on addiction, says organizer Danielle Cooper.
“It’s something that touches many lives in Sarnia-Lambton…there are many who are suffering in silence and in the shadows, and it’s important to me that people have a place where they can share openly and not be ashamed or judged,” she said.
“If people are looking for a platform to share their raw, powerful struggles with one form of addiction or another, Sarnia Speaks should be able to provide it.”
The event, to be held Nov. 10 at the Sarnia Library, includes panelists Nancy Roy, Brian White and Crystal Fach — on hand to share their own experience with addiction.
As with past Sarnia Speaks events, Cooper is anticipating an emotional evening where participants, including audience members, are encouraged to listen and share personal stories in a safe, open environment.
“It means a lot to me when people reach out and confide in me with their stories,” said Cooper, noting she’s approached at least once a week, by people wanting to get involved in some way. “The fact that people have taken to the idea and are resonating with it means so much.”
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or addiction problem within any given year.
Participants are invited to meet and greet with panelists, speak with debriefers, local service agencies and collect resources from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., following the dialogue.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Sarnia Speaks: Addiction
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Sarnia Library Auditorium
DETAILS: Admission is free; open to the public