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This website is a comprehensive resource for DUAL members and the Ottawa community.  From here, you can contact DUAL’s Chairperson, Sean LeBlanc, learn about how to join DUAL, check out the resources and efforts of the DUAL working groups and donate.  DUAL members can also access the private members-only page for announcements and community.

If you would like to contact DUAL, visit the Contact page.

Speakers Training for Lived Experience!!! (in T.O.)


Monday, October 27, 2014
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Rm 2029, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street, Toronto, M5S 2S1
In June 2013, the OpiATE Initiative at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) launched a new resource to train people with lived experience of problematic use of opioids in sharing their stories with others called Strengthening Your Voice.

On October 27, 2014, we are hosting a day-long training that is based on this interactive FREE resource and is for individuals who would like to share their personal experiences with problematic use of opioids. This training session will be facilitated by two lived experience/family and peer advocates along with a CAMH trainer with support from our community partner, Breakaway Addiction Services.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the training you will:
 Understand how to use the Strengthening Your Voice Guide
 Feel confident framing, sharing and delivering your story in an unbiased and safe way
 Know how to deal with personal triggers, multiple audience dynamics and potential responses/reactions
 Be bridged to resources in your region
 Receive a training certificate from CAMH
In advance of the training, please spend some time thinking about your story.

Cost per person: FREE (Includes light breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments)
Limited seats: First come, first served basis
Honoraria will be provided and reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Betty-Lou Kristy, Provincial Systems Level, Lived Experience advocate, educator and speaker
Sean LeBlanc, founder/chairperson of DUAL (Drug Users Advocacy League), and principal co-investigator of PROUD (Participatory Research in Ottawa Understanding Drugs)
Rebecca Higgins, Co-Lead, OpiATE Initiative, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto

There will be two therapists from opioid specific programs at Breakaway Addiction Services providing support to participants, if needed, at the event.

 Are you 18 years of age or older?
 Do you feel confident about sharing your story with others? Do you feel emotionally prepared to speak?
 Do you have someone (e.g., a friend, a support worker) you can talk to and who can support you with sharing your story publicly?
 This training will be inclusive of and honour all treatment and recovery choices (including methadone treatment and other harm reduction options, abstinence, and 12-step approaches). Are you willing to participate in a training that supports a nonjudgmental atmosphere accepting of different journeys?

To apply online for this event: click here
Application Deadline: October 13, 2014
In case you would like to apply by fax or email, see attached application form.
For more information, please contact Monika Munjal by e-mail at monika.munjal@camh.ca
The OpiATE Initiative at CAMH reserves the right to refuse an application for safety reasons.
Application Form (for applying by fax or email)
Strengthening Your Voice Training
LOCATION: Rm 2029, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street, Toronto, M5S 2S1
DATE: Monday, October 27, 2014 Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Cost: FREE

Please submit form
By fax to: 416-593-4694
To the attention of: Rosemary Feeney
By e-mail to: rosemary.feeney@camh.ca
Application Deadline: October 13, 2014

First Name:
Last Name:

Dietary Restrictions:

Please describe your lived experience with opioids.

How have you achieved your current level of wellness?

Please describe your interest in sharing your experiences as a public speaker.

Would you like to be accompanied by a support person (friend, partner, worker, etc.)? Please provide their name and contact information.
Please complete all parts of the application form.

The OpiATE Initiative at CAMH reserves the right to refuse an application for safety reasons.