Abbotsford Addictions Centre (AAC) presented its Lifesaver Award last Thursday (Nov. 22) to three women in the community.
The award recognizes people who have made a difference in the life of a person struggling with addiction.
It was presented as part of a ceremony that also included the Brave Heart Awards, recognizing clients who have shown courage and commitment in their own recovery and life changes.
Dr. Elizabeth Watt was a recipient of the Lifesaver Award for her contributions over the years to many of the AAC clients, while Laurie Mossey was recognized for making a difference in the community following her own loss.
Mossey’s son, Tyler Miller, died of an ecstasy-related death a year ago, and Mossey has since begun the Pajama Project, which supports grieving moms.
Honoured posthumously at the awards reception was Diane Robinson, a counsellor with AAC for many years who created these awards, and passed away last year.
“At Abbotsford Addictions Centre we are honoured when someone chooses to reach out to our services to make a change or to support others in making changes,” said Josie Kane, an ACC counsellor, of the awards.
AAC is one of almost 130 programs and services offered by Abbotsford Community Services. It provides drug and alcohol counselling, prevention services in the community, and collaboration with other agencies.