Community discussions to seek substance use solutions

Discussion focuses on generating solutions to challenging community issues

Are you concerned about the impact of substance use issues on the community?

Are you or someone you love suffering due to substance use?

Do you have ideas for local solutions to these difficult problems?

Attend a free community presentation on ‘Co-creating Belonging and Re-visioning Community’ on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Sportsplex, Room 2/3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Colin Sanders will facilitate this discussion focused on generating solutions to challenging community issues.

Sanders is a highly regarded family therapist, university instructor, and community activist. He brings a perspective developed over 20 years of working with persons and families addressing substance use problems, as well as working alongside people dealing with homelessness and persistent mental illness in the Vancouver area.

Sanders will use appreciative inquiry to encourage the sharing of ideas. Appreciative inquiry highlights what has worked well so that the community can continue to build on its strengths in the future. He will also talk about the relationship between substance use, persistent mental illness, and chronic and acute homelessness.

Earlier on the same date, Sanders will lead a free discussion for service providers from 1-3:30 pm in Room 2/3 at the Sportsplex. This discussion will focus on information about the current evidence based practices to address substance misuse and abuse. Sanders will reference cultural factors that influence substance use—for example, alcohol advertising targeted at youth.

Anyone working with individuals or families experiencing problems related to substance use is encouraged to attend the afternoon session. Pre-register with Michelle at

The Campbell River Community Alcohol and Drug Action Committee (CADAC) is hosting Sanders. CADAC is made up of individuals representing many community organizations who have united to address concerns relating to substance abuse in this community.

For further information about the Colin Sanders discussions, contact Gary Hartford at The John Howard Society of North Island: 250-286-0611 or