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Member Statement
(6 December 2017)

From Hansard - 6 December 2017

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Teen Challenge Women’s Centre Under Construction

Hon. Ms. Heppner: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Last week I had the honour to meet with two organizers of Teen Challenge, Drew Byers and Cary Snyder. Teen Challenge is a faith-based addictions recovery program that offers one-year in-patient programs. Their focus is on healing the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their clients’ lives. And I realize their name can be confusing. While they accept clients starting at age 18, their oldest graduate is actually 66 years old, which shows that it’s never too late to make a change in your life.

This organization has programming across Canada, but most notably for us is their men’s program that operates at Allan, Saskatchewan. Over their decade of helping men, over 100 men have graduated from this program. We know that addictions doesn’t discriminate based on gender, age, financial circumstances, where you live, how you were raised, and what your job is. People battling addictions don’t take drugs or alcohol to feel better; they take them to feel not as bad. And we know that addictions affects the whole family. I lost my own brother to his addictions just a few years ago. He was only 43 years old.

I met with these representatives to discuss an exciting new venture they have started in our province. They are planning to open a 24-bed in-patient facility for women called the Prairie Hope Women’s Centre, located near Hague. I am excited by their vision for helping women, not only from our province but those who come to this facility from across Canada as well. The building construction has begun, and they are hoping to have the doors open in the fall of 2018. They rely solely on donations for capital and operations. And, Mr. Speaker, if you’re interested in finding out more about Teen Challenge or their fundraising campaign, you can check out their website at teenchallenge.ca. Thank you.

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