Thorpe Recovery Centre set to celebrate 40 years


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September 1, 2015 8:15 AM

The Thorpe Recovery Centre will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this September with a few events as well as its annual general meeting (AGM). The events will take place on Sept. 15, 17 and 19 and will include meals, guest speakers and tours of the facility.

Events kick off on Sept. 15 with the AGM where there will be an annual review of the recovery centre’s activities and a buffet dinner. Board members will also be elected and accept financial statements. The AGM will take place in the Thorpe Recovery Centre Gymnasium at 21,060 Tranquility Way, Blackfoot, Alta.

“Then we have a pancake breakfast planned for the (Sept. 17) morning,” said Marie Gerhardt, board member and chairperson of the 40th anniversary committee. “This is a free event for everyone to come and attend. It will be from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lloydminster Legacy Centre.”

The celebration anniversary luncheon will be happening on Sept. 19 beginning at 11 a.m. and will include lunch, a tour, historical information about the centre and keynote speakers Scott and Anne Oake. Scott Oake is most known for work he has done with Hockey Night in Canada and his coverage of winter and summer Olympic Games.

Scott and Anne lost their 25-year-old son, Bruce, to an accidental drug overdose in 2011.

“So the Thorpe Recovery Centre is something that is dear to their hearts as well as getting people into recovery,” said Gerhardt. “I believe what they’re going to be talking about is their journey through their son’s addiction and recovery and just talking about how important it is for family support and having that ‘after care.’”

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 with a $15 receiptable portion that will go to the Thorpe Recovery Centre’s health and wellness initiative. They can be purchased at the centre, Cliff Rose for Clothes and Verses. The health and wellness initiative helps clients change their focus from addictive behaviours to healthier actions like coping strategies, nutrition and fitness, among others.

The Thorpe Recovery Centre helps people with a wide range of addiction difficulties and tries to put people on a healthier path to clean living.

“The treatment there is basically medically supported detox and a residential addiction programming for chemical, drug, alcohol and process addictions such as sex and gambling for adults,” said Gerhardt.

“They also provide a family program that teaches family members of addicts how to cope with addiction in their lives. So basically it’s starting right from the family, how to get healthy to working with the addict.”

Since it began its work in 1975, the Thorpe Recovery Centre has helped over 12,000 people on their path to recovery and has affected over 20,000 Canadians through its services.

People can also keep an ear out during early September as the Thorpe Centre is running on-air radio auctions, all the proceeds of which will be going to the health and wellness initiative as well. Items up for auction will be a watch from Richardson’s Jewellery, Edmonton Oilers tickets, a LloydMall gift card, a week-long holiday condo rental in Kimberly, B.C. and a painting by Shannon Cross, wife of former NHLer Cory Cross.

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