News

Story 6/25 Survivor: Lillian Howard

Story 6/25 Survivor: Lillian Howard
My name is Lillian Howard and I am a fourth generation Indian Residential School survivor. At 6 years old I was sexually abused by an Oblate brother at a residential school. This had a negative impact on me for a good part of my life. The essence of my was being was shattered and scarred for life. I was faced with challenges throughout my life; aside from the...

Story 5/25 Survivor: Louise Cooksey

Story 5/25 Survivor: Louise Cooksey

In September 2014 I made the hardest call of life. That day I called my friend Jason’s sister, Sunshine to tell her that her brother had been killed. I remember the wail of anguish that echoed through the phone and a part of me registered how penetrating and deep her anguish must be for her to emit such a cry. We see in movies and on the news…the wail of a parent...

Story 4/25 Survivor: Shannon Henderson

Story 4/25 Survivor: Shannon Henderson

I am the mother of a recovering drug addict. 

My son went through years and years of addiction. He lived in hell. We had no idea the extent of what he was going through and have learned so much by listening to others along his recovery path. I have no intention of minimizing what he has now accomplished. We are so proud. He has risen above this past darklife...

Story 3/25 Survivor: Rob Schindel



Story 3/25 Survivor: Rob Schindel
I was raised in a good family with lots of love. When I was sexually abused in the church, the controversy got glossed over to avoid attention. My shame & rage was suppressed until I found drugs as a pre-teen. Since I had such low self-esteem I was bullied all throughout school. I felt the need to stand up for myself on many occasions. Which is how I began to earn...

Story 2/25 Survivor: Linda Lane

Story 2/25 Survivor: Linda Lane

I have been on this journey of recovery for 20 years now and have to say that it has not been what I imagined. I came to the realization that if I trusted the process my life would improve. To describe my life before recovery I would say pain, suffering and loss with whatever I came across. My mother died when I was at the age of 15 and from there the inability to...