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Spotlighting Outstanding Achievements

Kamloops, B.C. – Day One Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on September 26, 2023 was an evening filled with heartfelt recognition and a strong sense of purpose. The event brought together dedicated community members and partners to celebrate the organization's achievements and honour outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact on its mission to bring help, hope, and healing to the community.


As part of Day One Society’s belief in transformation and their commitment to supporting young people in recovery in realizing their educational pursuits, this year’s AGM celebrated the two deserving recipients of the Out of the Ashes Bursary – Michelle Raglin and Haley Baker, who were awarded $2,500 each. Their inspiring stories of resilience and determination serve as a testament to the power of second chances and an inspiration to all young people who have struggled with substance use and wish to further their education.


Out of the Ashes Bursary Recipients Haley Baker and Michelle Raglin with Day One Society Executive Director, Sian Lewis.

“Completing a minimum of one year recovery time is always admirable, which is why each and every one of the applicants’ stories stands out to us. This year, we had only two individuals apply for this award, but we are glad we can honour them both and help them on their journey toward recovery,” expressed Sian Lewis, executive director of Day One Society.

(L to R) Aleece Laird of Amplify Consulting Inc., Sian Lewis of Day One Society, and Liam Hall of Kiwi Man Creative with a gold Hermes Creative Award for the short film, "One Day at a Time."

The evening followed with a presentation of the Hermes Creative Award for the film ‘One Day at a Time’, produced in collaboration with Kiwi Man Creative and Amplify Consulting Inc. While the film premiered in January of this year during Day One Society’s 50th anniversary celebration, Lewis explained that this recognition underscores the profound impact the organization has had on individuals and the community.


“This film not only recognizes our 50 years of service, but more importantly, it tells the story of the journey from addiction to recovery in a way that engages people emotionally and captures all the senses. Viewers are able to connect to the issue in a deeper way, whether they have been personally impacted by it or not. Anyone who watches this film will walk away with a better understanding that will help reduce the stigma around substance use.”


Reflecting on the AGM, Day One Society extends its heartfelt gratitude to all attendees and to those who continue to support the cause. Their presence and engagement were invaluable, and their dedication to the organization's mission is deeply appreciated.


“We are always absolutely thrilled when community partners and Kamloops’ citizens who are interested in the work we do come to our AGM,” said Lewis. “For me, this not only means people have a desire to learn more about what is going on in regard to substance use in the community and about the services available, but it also says that they have compassion about this social issue and that in itself is extremely heartwarming.”

Looking forward, Day One Society will work in partnership with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to carry out an art project at their new youth detox unit, continuing to collaborate with Indigenous partners to create inclusive and safe spaces for those who access their services.


In the spirit of unity and community, the organization also extends an invitation to nurses and healthcare professionals to join the Day One Society team, particularly within the youth detox wing, which is an essential resource for young individuals on their path to recovery.


For further information regarding Day One Society and its dedication to supporting people and their families on their journey to recovery, please visit www.dayonesociety.ca.


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