twitter facebook

Activities 2018

  • Events in:

  • Surrey

    Event: International OD Awareness Day 2018
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 13550 105 ave Surrey BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Lookout Housing and Health Society
    Contact: Irvine Harvey
    Phone: 604-315-0141
    Email: gbmanager@lookoutsociety.ca

    Information tables, public speaking of MP’s and MLA’s, luncheon.

    Sarnia

    ontario

    Event: community BBQ and Naloxone trainning day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: BMC Pharmacy
    118 Victoria street, North
    Sarnia, Ontario
    N7T 5W9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: BMC Pharmacy
    Contact: marcel laporte
    Phone: 519-337-9900
    Email: mlaporte@fulcrum.ca

    BBQ and Naloxone trainning

    Vancouver

    BC

    Event: Landmark Lighting
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: BC Pavilion Corporation
    Contact: Duncan Blomfield
    Phone: 6046617360
    Email: dblomfield@bcpavco.com

    BC Place will light the stadium’s roof lights purple for International Overdose Awareness Day

    Calgary

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: #230 Pine Creek Road, Heritage Pointe, Alberta
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Willows Spa & Coffee Bar
    Contact: Jennifer
    Phone: 4038051669
    Email: info@thewillowsspa.com

    50% of any beverage or food item proceeds sold from our coffee bar will be donated to this cause.

    Smithers

    British Columbia

    Event: Smithers Awareness
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Smithers Main St.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Positive Living North
    Contact: Chris Blois
    Phone: 2508770042
    Email: cblois@positivelivingnorth.org

    Setting up a table to bring break stigma around drug use and bring awareness to the overdose crisis in our area.

    Sechelt

    BC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day, Sunshine Coast BC
    Date: 01/09/2018
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Roberts Creek pier.
    999 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek, BC V0N 2W4
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs
    Contact: Hawkfeather Peterson
    Phone: 6047472878
    Email: Hawkfeather333@gmail.com

    This event is an opportunity for the Sunshine Coast to join thousands of people and multiple communities in honouring the monumental loss of life that has resulted from a preventable health emergency.
    We will say a few words, acknowledge those we have lost. Hold silence and light candles~ in memory and with respect and love. We can offer support to each other and to our community.
    Anyone is welcome to participate… music, prayer or anything you are called to share.
    If you have photos of someone you have lost you are welcome to bring it along.

    This is a memorial event, but also a call to action. Gathering sends a message that we see this crisis continuing and that we demand action.

    **There will be free naloxone training and kits provided before this event. If you need training and/or a kit please come by early. We will be present from 5:00 on.**

    Edmonton

    Alberta

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Table
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Royal Alexandra Hospital
    In the Atrium
    10240 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3V9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Inner City Health and Wellness Program – Addiction Recovery and Community Health
    Contact: Jennifer Hermann
    Phone: 780-613-5537
    Email: jennifer.hermann@albertahealthservices.ca

    On Friday, August 31 – International Overdose Awareness Day – you are invited to the Addiction Recovery Community Health (ARCH) team’s table in the Royal Alexandra Hospital atrium between 1130 and 1330! There will be plenty to learn and do including overdose recognition and response, Take Home Naloxone kit education, practicing rescue breathing on a mannequin, and playing the “Doctors Against Tragedies” card game. We will also be providing overdose awareness pins and cake. We hope to see you there!

    Regina

    Saskatchewan

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Heritage Community Association,1654 11th Ave. Regina, SK
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Saskatchewan Health Authority & Street Culture Project
    Contact: Jamie Crossman
    Phone: 306-766-6857
    Email: jamie.crossman@saskhealthauthority.ca

    – Guest speakers
    – Naloxone kits & training
    – Memorial Banner
    – Free BBQ

    White Rock

    British Columbia

    Event: IOAD Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: South Meridian Park
    163rd Street and 12th Avenue
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Dr. Jen
    Phone: 604-244-6969
    Email: info@counsellinggroup.co

    August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. We will be having a candlelight vigil to remember our loved ones who have succumbed to an ever growing opioid overdose crisis, and to bring awareness to those who have not.
    Please join us at 7pm South Meridian Park on the corner of 163rd Street and 12th Avenue. Bring a candle. Anyone is welcome.

    Owen Sound

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: 310 8th Street East, Owen Sound
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Grey Bruce Health Unit with Safe ‘n Sound
    Contact: Laurie Moore
    Phone: 519-376-9420
    Email: l.moore@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

    In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Grey Bruce Health Unit joins with Safe ‘n Sound to host a Community BBQ on Friday, August 31, from 12noon – 2pm at Safe ‘n Sound, 310 8th Street East, Owen Sound.

    This event will bring the community together to remember the loved ones we have lost and acknowledge the grief felt by friends, family and the community as a whole. The aim is to raise awareness and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Prevention, education and recognition of an overdose all play an important role in saving lives.

    Nurses from the Grey Bruce Health Unit will be available at the BBQ to deliver Overdose Awareness Education and dispense the lifesaving medication Naloxone. Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available free of charge to family, friends and people at risk for overdose.

    “We know that only 7% of Canadians report knowing how to obtain and administer Naloxone. We are working to increase this knowledge,” says Laurie Moore, a Registered Practical Nurse with the Harm Reduction Program.

    Naloxone is available at the Grey Bruce Health Unit as well as select local pharmacies and community partners. Visit Ontario.ca/overdose to find out more.

    Revelstoke

    British Columbia

    Event: Education Booth
    Date: 01/09/2018
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Revelstoke Farmer’s Market on the corner of 1st St. and MacKenzie St.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Revelstoke Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team
    Contact: Stacie Byrne
    Phone: 2502000022
    Email: revelstokecymhsu@gmail.com

    The CYMSHU will set up an information/education/advocacy booth at the local Farmer’s Market. At the booth with be: a public health nurse, community paramedic, a registered nurse, physician, community member volunteers, advocate who works in film and education, and anyone else who wished to come and be a resource. We will be doing Naloxone kit training, handing out educational resources and information (some from the Overdoseday.com website, some from Interior Health, and some created by the CYMHSU with local contact numbers and websites for support).
    We will also have a space to light candles and write notes to honour those lives that have been lost or affected in some other way by overdose.

    Grande Prairie

    Alberta

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 29/08/2018
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Muskoseepi Park Amphitheater 102nd Street & 102nd Avenue Grande Prairie
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Crime Prevention – Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition committee
    Contact: Tyla Savard
    Phone: 780-897-4875
    Email: tyla@synergypromotions.ca

    Meet at 4pm HIV North office to create you Somebody’s Someone sign for your loved one.
    430pm leave for the Awareness March through downtown Grande Prairie, ending in Muskoseepi Park at the Amphitheater (pavilion if bad weather).
    530pm free BBQ
    6pm Program and presentations.
    Community coming together to better understand the impact of the opioid epidemic and its impact, reduce stigma – Everyone is Somebody’s Someone. What resources we have in our community, updates on community initiatives to create better supports and remove stigma because Everyone is Somebody’s Someone!

    Halifax

    Nova Scotia

    Event: Peaceful Protest, Naloxone training, barbecue
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 2158 Gottingen Street Halifax NS
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Direction 180, Mainline Needle Exchange and Halifax Area Network of People who Use Drugs HANDUP
    Contact: Natasha Touesnard
    Phone: 9028182442
    Email: natashatouesnard@gmail.com

    This year we are gathering on Gottingen Street in front of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center at 11:00am and leaving to walk to City Hall at 11:30am. In peaceful protest we will hold signs to raise awareness as we walk to symbolize our impatience in waiting for changes in Canadian Drug Policy.
    At 11:45 we will have 3 moments of silence.
    One moment will be for those who have died unnecessarily from a drug overdose, the second moment is for their family and loved ones, the final moment of silence is to appeal for evidence based interventions, services and supports to mitigate the risks for people who use drugs.
    We invite everyone to join us at Mainline Needle Exchange after for a free barbecue of hot dogs and cold beverages.
    Naloxone training and kit available before and after the protest.

    Nanaimo

    British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 01:03 pm
    Location: Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Rd
    1 PM TO 3:30 PM
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Wisteria Community Association
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net

    Gathering in the Park
    We have guest speakers from all different areas speaking to bring awareness

    Abbotsford

    BC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Clean Up and Bubble Release
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Grant Park Abbotsford BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Drug War Survivors Fraser Valley Chapter
    Contact: Amanda Bonella
    Phone: 7783473840
    Email: Amanda@impactabby.com

    Clean up of park and temperance ceremony where we will send bibles up into the sky with our thoughts and love we will share stories of those we lost.

    Calgary

    Alberta

    Event: Open Art Group
    Date: 27/08/2018
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: 1603 10th ave SW- Upstairs Boardroom
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ignite- Opioid Awareness Project
    Contact: Brianna Willey
    Phone: 587-349-6304
    Email: brianna.willey@cjhs.ca

    Open Art Group- Mondays in August
    1-3pm
    All Materials Provided
    Drawing, Painting, Wood Carving, Wood Burning, Clay Sculpting, Collage

    Ignite is the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS)’s new public awareness project that will showcase art representing individuals’ experiences with substance use and the stigma associated with it.

    Funded by Alberta Health, Ignite will run from May to December 2018 and will use creativity as a therapeutic outlet for those who have experienced the crisis, and a learning tool for the public through art exhibits in Calgary.

    CJHS will provide all materials needed at no charge, and will display the art projects throughout Calgary with the opportunity for artists to sell their work, retaining 100% of the profit.

    Amherst

    Nova Scotia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Victoria Square
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Northern Healthy Connections Society
    Contact: Megan Netzke
    Phone:
    Email: events@nhcsociety.ca

    First Voice Presentation, Community Resources, Overdose Prevention Kit and Display

    St Catharines

    Ontario

    Event: International overdose awareness event
    Date: 27/08/2018
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Market square, 50 church street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: NAMES
    Contact: Sandi
    Phone: 416-518-1522
    Email: Tantardinisandi@gmail.com

    Guest speakers, education, presentations, sharing knowledge

    Edmonton

    AB

    Event: 2018 International Overdose Awareness Day- To Remember + Prevent
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: 10116 105 Avenue NW, as well as tables downtown + on Whyte Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Streetworks Edmonton
    Contact: Streetworks Edmonton
    Phone: 780-424-4106 Ext. 210/211
    Email: streetworks@boylestreet.org

    Join AAWEAR, MomsStopTheHarm & Streetworks Edmonton as we remember our loved ones with memorial walls, and offer training on how to respond to a suspected overdose. We will be providing NALOXONE kits, memorial ribbons and info on opiod-replacement options.

    Find us at Boyle Street Community Services, + locations downtown and on Whyte Ave, from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM.

    Victoria

    British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 29/08/2018
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: 1 Centennial Square
    Victoria BC
    V8W 1P5
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Shane Calder
    Phone: 250-384-2366
    Email: info@avi.org

    The South Island Community Overdose Response Network invites you to join us for an event which remembers all those loved ones lost to an overdose. This is also a day to educate our community and increase public awareness. We will be offering free public naloxone training between 4-6 pm. A Call To Action Rally will take place between 6-7 pm and the event will end with a Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance starting at 7 pm. Resource and Information booths will be on display along with a Memorial Activity which families can participate in and remember their loved one.

    We hope that you will join us for a Day of Remembrance and a Day of Action.

    Fort Erie

    Ontario

    Event: International Overdose Awareness and Vigil
    Date: 29/08/2018
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: Central Fire Station
    444 Central Avenue
    Fort Erie, Ontario
    L2A 3T6
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Kellie Kubik
    Phone:
    Email: kelliekubik@hotmail.com

    Public gathering to promote awareness, provide education, and remember those we have lost to overdose.

    Guelph

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day 2018
    Date: 30/08/2018
    Time: 11:02 pm
    Location: St George’s Square Downtown Guelph
    (by the fountain)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ARCH HIV/AIDS RESOURCES & COMMUNITY HEALTH
    Contact: Karen Lomax
    Phone: 519-994-5419
    Email: street@archguelph.ca

    We will start with a few speeches, in regards to OVERDOSE & Overdose prevention.
    -a moment of silence
    -memorial flag signing for those we hv lost (the flags will be brought out every OAD)
    -Naloxone training & dispensing
    -Community health van along with Community partners
    -pizza, refreshments

    Lindsay

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Info Booth
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ross Memorial Hospital
    Contact: Mindy Young

    A booth will be set-up in our main lobby highlighting Overdose Awareness Day and will include information about overdose. There will also be information about local treatment & support groups.

    Sarnia

    Ontario

    Event: Naloxone Kit Training Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 06:00 am
    Location: 118 Victoria St North
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: BMC PHARMACY SARNIA
    Contact: Marcel Laporte
    Phone: 519-337-9900
    Email: staff.bmcsarnia01@gmail.com

    – Pharmacists will be training anyone interested in a Naloxone Kit for NO Charge to the participant

    St Catharines

    Ontario

    Event: HRX PArty
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 09:00 pm
    Location: The Warehouse
    11 Geneva St
    St Catharines
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Positive Living Niagara
    Contact: Claire Laurie
    Phone:
    Email: claurie@positivelivingniagara.com

    Come join us for our first ever harm reduction party at The Warehouse for International Overdose Awareness Day. Learn how to party safe, what to do if your friend ODs, and just have fun and dance! Got health questions? STI questions? A nurse will be on site to give ya answers!
    If you’re going to use drugs, we want you to know how to use them safely. Make informed choices about sex and substance use.

    We may even have party toys to give away!

    Featuring the raddest of DJs – DJ Jaimie G and S1NC3R3.

    Surrey

    BC

    Event: Fraser Health Overdose Response Practice Drill
    Date: 27/08/2018
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: The Facebook Live event will be broadcast from Fraser Health’s head office:5th floor – 13450 102nd Ave, Surrey

    However participants from across the region are invited to participate by hosting their own overdose response drills
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Fraser Health
    Contact: Marika Sandrelli
    Phone: 604-219-2028
    Email: marika.sandrelli@fraserhealth.ca

    We practice, you can too!

    You are invited to participate in the Fraser Health Overdose Response Practice Drill during the week of Aug. 27 – 31, 2018, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st.

    Overdose deaths can be prevented with early intervention. Recognizing the signs of overdose and acting quickly and calmly to help reverse it using naloxone, can and does save lives. Even if you’ve had naloxone training, it is important to refresh your skills on a regular basis through practice and online training. Just like earthquake and fire drills, regularly considering and practicing what you would do if faced with someone who is overdosing is vital to maintain knowledge and preparedness.

    We will be live-broadcasting one of our teams completing an overdose response drill on Facebook on Monday August 27 at 1:00 PM. Tune in as we practice our own overdose response to make sure our skills are sharp and ready when we need them. We invite you to participate by asking questions during the Facebook Live event and to host your own drill during the week of August 27-31. We have developed an overdose response drill toolkit to support you.

    For the toolkit and more information about this event including how to participate, go to:

    https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/mental-health-and-substance-use/substance-use-addictions/overdose-prevention-and-response/overdose-response-practice-drill-toolkit

    By participating in this exercise, you will be joining people across Fraser Health in recognizing the impact of overdoses on individuals, including friends and family. By taking action to prevent future overdose deaths we honour their memories.

    Lethbridge

    Alberta

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day at ARCHES
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: 1016 1 Avenue South
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ARCHES
    Contact: Graham Black
    Phone: 4039425541
    Email: gblack@lethbridgearches.com

    We will be remembering those that we have lost to overdose and raising awareness. Naloxone training will be available. The event will take place in the Cultural Space at our 1st Ave location. Refreshments will be provided. This event is open to everyone 16 years of age and older.

    Kamloops

    BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day, Kamloops, BC
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Sandra Tully
    Phone:
    Email:

    We would like to invite everyone in Kamloops, BC to participate in International Overdose Awareness Day by tying a purple ribbon to a tree, your front door, a lamp post or on your car in memory of all those that we have lost and for all those that are striving for recovery. Post a picture using the hashtag #PurpleRibbon. Let’s “paint the town purple”.

    Fort St. John

    British Columbia

    Event: FSJ Overdose Awareness Week (multiple activities)
    Date: 27/08/2018
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: multiple venues
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: FSJ Community Action Team/Healthy FSJ
    Contact: Julianne Kucheran
    Phone:
    Email: jkucheran@urbanmatters.ca

    A Full Week of Programming:
    Monday – Harm Reduction Education & Awareness
    Tuesday- Art, Knowledge & Culture in the Face of Addiction
    Wednesday – Pop Up Outside of Community Bridge
    Thursday – Naloxone Trainings, Candlelight Walk & Vigil
    Friday – Community BBQ & Healthy FSJ Pop Up

    Ottawa

    canada

    Event: Overdose Awareness, Naloxone training
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Odawa’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Program, 510 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 5Z6
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Odawa Native Friendship Centre
    Contact: Carrie Diabo

    Private Event

    In partnership with the Public Health Nurse, we will host an Overdose Information session followed by Naloxone training.

    Vancouver

    BC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Press Conference
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: TBD
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Christina Rao
    Phone: 6047237480
    Email: rao@ascensionir.com

    Host the media to a healthy discussion on the increasing number of fatalities, impact on families and the support that exists. Expert speakers to discuss community support and how everyone can be a part of the solutions to help our addiction community.

    Cobourg

    Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day – Flags of Hope Cobourg
    Date: 30/08/2018
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: Lions Pavilion on Cobourg Beach, Division Street, Cobourg ON, K9A 3P3
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: PARN
    Contact: Nicole Whitmore
    Phone: 905-885-8700
    Email: nicole.whitmoregwc@gmail.com

    In conjunction with Greenwood Coalition and the HKPR Health Unit, we will be holding a memorial event and decorating flags in memory of friends, family members, neighbors, or anyone who has been lost due to an overdose. We welcome anyone who wishes to support and bring awareness to overdoses and overdose prevention, to connect with others in the community who have experiences with overdoses and/or loss,and most importantly to remember those lost. All are welcome to join in decorating a flag, as well as sharing their experience, if comfortable. We will also be having free naloxone training and kits available for those eligible.
    The following day, we will hold a memorial service, implanting the flags at Greenwood Coalition’s Community Garden in Port Hope from 11AM – 1PM.

    Winnipeg

    MB

    Event: Drop the needle, Pick up the Pace Drug Overdose Awareness/Memory Walk
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: People will gather at the Winnipeg sign located at the Scotia Bank Stage located at The Forks.
    The route: We will gather at the Winnipeg sign and make our way to, and over across The Provencher Bridge. We will cross the street at Tache and walk to Goulet. We will walk past Dominion Centre over the Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge. When we come to the first entrance to The Forks we will walk around on the sidewalk past Beachcombers, and down to the River Walk. We will continue up the river walk until we get to the round ampatheatre stage and make our way back up the walk way to the courtyard seen at the bottom off the bridge where we began.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Chadd Cawson
    Phone: 2046121272
    Email: chaddcawson@gmail.com

    The route: We will gather at the Winnipeg sign and make our way to, and over across The Provencher Bridge. We will cross the street at Tache and walk to Goulet. We will walk past Dominion Centre over the Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge. When we come to the first entrance to The Forks we will walk around on the sidewalk past Beachcombers, and down to the River Walk. We will continue up the river walk until we get to the round ampatheatre stage and make our way back up the walk way to the courtyard seen at the bottom off the bridge where we began.

    I will have 150 water bottles with purple ribbons to wear along with 150 purple glow stick necklaces to give out. Sensational Sound will be there playing music while people are signing in.

    Oakville

    Ontario

    Event: 5th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day of Halton
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Maple Grove United Church Gymnasium
    346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville L6J 4V5Parking for this event is located at Oakville Trafalgar Secondary School
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Resiliency4Recovery
    Contact: Tracey Stark
    Phone: (519)841-0122
    Email: resiliency4recovery@gmail.com

    Resiliency 4 Recovery (R4R) cannot remain silent when our family members, friends and neighbours are dying from fatal overdose in Halton region. R4R is a grassroots youth directed group (for 16-29 year olds) recovering from mental health and/or substance use challenges. We believe that recovery requires community involvement.

    In response to this devastating crisis, Resiliency 4 Recovery invites you to attend The 5th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day of Halton on August 31, 2018 at 7pm at Maple Grove United Church (346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville). Our goals for this event are to provide a safe place to publicly acknowledge the lives lost in our community to fatal overdose while supporting healing, to provide overdose prevention information and to advocate for change to prevent further lives from being lost. Please join us for a meaningful evening of remembrance, advocacy and prevention through guest speakers, music and a candlelight vigil. There is no cost for this community event.

    Please note due to limited parking at the church, we ask that you park at Oakville Trafalgar Secondary School (1460 Devon Road, Oakville) which connects to the church property.

    Vancouver

    British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil & Rally
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
    750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: International Overdose Awareness Day .Vancouver BC Canada
    Contact: Tabitha Montgomery
    Phone:
    Email:

    SOUTH PLAZA,ROBSON ST

    7:00 pm
    Gathering for opening Vigil Ceremony.

    7:15
    Waiting for confirmation of added part
    to this evening before Candle Lighting.
    Candle Lighting.Moment of Silence.

    7:30 pm
    Guest Speakers from the Vancouver Area
    To be Announced upon all Confirmations.

    8:15pm
    Closing words and opportunity to meet
    with other attendees,gather information,
    exchange information,support groups,
    networking,gather any helpful hand outs.

    More information will be updated as the
    date draws closer.Please feel free to write
    with any inquiries a the IOAD Vancouver
    Facebook Page.Contact name : Tabitha

    https://www.facebook.com/IOADVancouverBCCanada/

    This is an International Overdose Awareness Day
    Vigil & Rally in memory of those who have died from
    drug overdose.Paying respect to surviving loved ones
    and all levels of front line workers who work daily to
    help reduce harm and loss caused by drug overdose.

    The Opioid Crisis touches all walks of life and cultures.
    All communities,ages,religions,genders and corners of
    the City of Vancouver,Province of British Columbia,Country
    of Canada and Continent of North America – and beyond.

    This is also a public drug health rally to better improve
    up to date OD prevention,harm reduction and various
    outlets for intervention,support and treatment/recovery.

    Turning stigma upside down to shed light and reality
    of Substance Use Disorders being health issues and
    not criminal or moral issues.

    Standing up for the human rights to dignified understanding
    and treatments of those who are at risk with drug use,actively addicted,suffering or who have passed away.

    As well as sharing stories and awareness of many ways
    people can and DO overcome drug use issues to live safe
    and well again however has effectively worked for them.

    There are many opinions,beliefs,personal experiences
    and Scientific research that falls under this urgent health
    crisis.Being able to learn from all sides can move society
    forward to greater options for those to utilize with out the
    shame or fear.With respect,we combine all of the above
    to work together for a safer and health society and world.

    Everyone is welcomed.

    This is in solidarity with other events being held in and
    around Vancouver,Lower Mainland,BC,Canada and the
    rest of the world who observe and or are involved with
    various types of International Overdose Awareness Day
    Events.If you would like more information on the history
    and ways you can get involved,free resources you can
    access and share,please visit the official IOAD Website.

    Kelowna

    British Columbia

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Symposium
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: pin
    Evangel Church – Kelowna
    3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 3N4
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Adult And Teen Challenge Okanagan Men’s Centre
    Contact: Adult And Teen Challenge Okanagan Men’s Centre
    Phone: +1 888-575-3930
    Email: contact@teenchallengebc.com

    Community Speakers and Community Service Providers Expo. Free admission.

    Toronto

    Onatrio

    Event: Flags of Hope Remembrance Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Nathan Phillips Square
    The forecourt to Toronto City Hall, at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bay Street
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Flags of Hope and Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Irene
    Phone:
    Email: flagsofhopetoronto@gmail.com

    FLAGS OF HOPE
    11am gather outside of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Square, west side of Toronto Eaton Centre.
    We will have a procession of our Flags of Hope to Nathan Phillips Square for a Remembrance Vigil at noon

    We will display the Flags made at our Flags of Hope Workshop on August 30th
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1042679949240085/

    Grande Prairie

    Alberta

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 29/08/2018
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: Muskoseepi Park
    10326 – 102 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6V3
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms stop the harm
    Contact: Moms Stop the Harm
    Phone: 780-897-4875

    Hosted by Moms Stop The Harm, HIV North Society Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Crime Prevention. International Overdose Awareness Day will take place starting at 4 pm with an Awareness March from the HIV North office, 9607 102 Street, to Muskoseepi Park. There will be a free barbecue starting at 5:30 and at 6 pm the program with presentations will commence in the amphitheater. Should the weather turn bad the event will move into the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion, but it will still be a go. This event is completely free and everyone is encouraged to come out, share with your contacts and encourage all community members to attend.

    Chatham

    Ontario

    Event: Time to Remember. Time to Act.
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Studio One in the Chatham Cultural Centre
    75 William Street North, Chatham, ON N7M 4L4
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council
    Contact: Emily Guerin
    Phone:
    Email: emilyg@chatham-kent.ca

    The Board of Directors of the Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council would like to invite you to attend a memorial event on Friday, August 31st, in memory of those who have lost their lives due to an overdose, in support of the countless families in mourning across Canada and around the world, and in solidarity and strength for those living with and recovering from an addiction. This memorial event will be held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Studio One in the Chatham Cultural Centre. There will be light refreshments and fellowship to follow the memorial.

    Also on Friday, August 31st at Studio One, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Uit will be offering Overdose Response Training with two FREE walk-in NARCAN training sessions at 1:00pm and 2:00pm. All participants will receive a free NARCAN Kit as part of their training. No ID, health card or appointment is required, just show up! Light refreshments will also be available.

    Fort McMurray

    Alberta

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Redpoll Centre Conference Room (2nd floor of Shell Place, West Entrance)
    1 C.A. Knight Way
    Fort McMurray, AB
    T9H 5C5
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: HIV North Society – Fort McMurray
    Contact: Nicole Sanders
    Phone: 7807913391, ext. 5
    Email: community@hivnorth.org

    The open house event will begin at 10 am and run until 3 pm. We will be honouring those who have lost their lives to overdose with a memorial tree. Attendees can write the name of someone they have lost on a leaf and place it on the tree. We will have special guests Mari-Lee Paluszak, Ken Jefferson and Holly Meints in attendance, who will be available to talk about their personal experiences relating to drug overdose. We are pleased to announce that Fort McMurray Mayor Don Scott will also be in attendance and will be speaking at 12 noon. There will be emotional support throughout the day for anyone who requires it. We will provide free harm reduction resources, including naloxone training and kits. We will have some light refreshments and snacks. Please join us at the Redpoll Centre Conference Room in memory of those we have lost, in support of those struggling with addiction or loss, and in celebration of those in recovery. Be sure to speak with our staff to find out what you can do to help prevent future overdose deaths.

    Courtenay

    British Columbia

    Event: Overdose Prevention Informational Booth
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 04:09 pm
    Location: 5th Street, Courtenay. Night market.
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: AIDS Vancouver Island
    Contact: AIDS Vancouver Island
    Phone: 2503387400
    Email:

    AVI is hosting an educational booth at the local evening market, from 4-9, that will provide Naloxone training as well as Naloxone kits. We will have information about harm reduction, safer using practices, and what to do in the event of an overdose. We also have a petition available for people to sign that is aiming for the decriminalization of all drugs.

    Courtenay

    British Columbia

    Event: Overdose Prevention Educational Booths
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:02 pm
    Location: Spirit Square, Campbell River. 1125 Shoppers Row, v9w 2c7.
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: AIDS Vancouver Island
    Contact: AIDS Vancouver Island
    Phone: 2503387400
    Email:

    AIDS Vancouver Island is getting together with a few other local service providers to educate the public and those who use substances, or are affected by substance use, about safer using practices, local resources and overdose prevention. There will also be Naloxone training and a petition aiming for the decriminalization of all drugs. This event is in the Campbell River Spirit Square from 12-2pm, Friday, August 31.

    Thunder Bay

    Ontario

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: City Hall – McGilvary Square
    500 Donald St. E.
    Thunder Bay, ON
    P7E 5V3
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Thunder Bay Drug Strategy
    Contact: Cynthia Olsen
    Phone: (807)625-2942
    Email: colsen@thunderbay.ca

    Join us at City Hall from 10:30am-12:30pm for International Overdose Awareness Day.
    Event will include an acknowledgment of the scope of overdose in Canada, Ontario, and in Thunder Bay. There will be a station to commemorate individuals who have been impacted by overdose in our community – hearts and doves with messages to loved ones will be tied to the Overdose Awareness Tree after the event is over. There will be overdose prevention education, free naloxone kits, and some community resource booths.

    Vernon

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: Event will be held at Canadian Mental Health Association 3100 28th Avenue, Vernon, BC
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Interior Health
    Contact: Holly Vanjoff
    Phone:
    Email: Holly.Vanjoff@interiorhealth.ca

    Event will include a time to remember individuals and share stories, as well as overdose prevention education and naloxone training

    Quesnel

    British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Community Gathering
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Corner of Carson Ave and Front Street – walking bridge entrance
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Coalition of Substance Users of the North
    Contact: Melanie MacDonald
    Phone: 250-991-0222
    Email: executivedirector@seasonshouse.ca

    Educational event and memorial for people we have lost in Quesnel to overdose

    – Information on overdose prevention and community resources
    -Naloxone training and distribution
    – Speakers

    North Bay

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: North Bay City Hall
    Leger Square City Hall Park
    200 McIntyre St E
    North Bay Ontario P1A 4G8
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Community Drug Strategy North Bay and Area
    Contact: Brooke Bertrand
    Phone: 705-472-6515 ext 260
    Email: bbertrand@cccnip.com

    Join us for the 2nd Annual International Overdose Awareness Day at North Bay City Hall on August 31 1:00 to 3:30pm.
    Unveiling a garden of remembrance, Naloxone training, story sharing, swag, and snacks
    .
    Sponsored by Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing, AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area and North Bay and Parry Sound District Health Unit as a community initiative by the Harm Reduction Pillar of the Community Drug Strategy

    Calgary

    AB

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day- Calgary
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: City Hall Calgary
    800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB, CANADA
    T2P 2M5
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Change the Face of Addiction (registered non-profit)
    Contact: Jessica Holtsbaum
    Phone:
    Email:

    Please join us at City Hall to remember those we have lost, and to listen to those who understand substance use and the action we need to take to end the opioid crisis.

    We are stronger together and together we can save lives.

    #supportdontpunish
    #lifewontwait
    #seeme

    Sault Ste Marie

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day SSM
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: Neighborhood Resource Center 138 Gore St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: HARP Program
    Contact: Jessica Whitley
    Phone: 705-542-4526
    Email: whitley_j@ghc.on.ca

    In order to honor those affected by overdose, as well as to raise awareness, the HepCare and HARP programs will be providing a FREE barbecue at the Neighborhood Resource Center. There will also be a couple of surprise activities that will be announced closer to the date.

    Overdose can affect anyone, and it has affected many people in our own community. We want to open the door for discussion about what an overdose looks like and what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing one.

    Salmon Arm

    BC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2018
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: Ross Street Plaza (corner of Hudson Avenue and Ross Street)
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Interior Health
    Contact: Kaley York-Pearce
    Phone: 250-833-4101
    Email: kaley.york@interiorhealth.ca

    This event will shed light on how overdose affects every single one of us and how each community member can make a difference in the effort to prevent overdose. Naloxone Kits will be available, and Public Health Nurses along with a Mental Health-Substance Use Clinician will be available to provide harm reduction information, resources, and training on the use of Naloxone.

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event and Memorial
    Date: 30/08/2018
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Gage Park Bandshell
    1000 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1N2
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: City of Hamilton’s Harm Reduction Program
    Contact: Margot Corbin
    Phone: 905-973-3748
    Email: margot.corbin@hamilton.ca

    The free community event is to:
    -Pay tribute to those who have been affected by overdose
    -Raise awareness of resources in the community
    -Reduce the stigma of drug-related death
    -Help prevent death from overdose

    Free food, drink and overdose response training (including free Naloxone kits)

    Toronto

    Ontario

    Event: Flags of Hope Toronto
    Date: 30 August 2018
    Time: 10am
    Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto ON, M5G 1B1 (Located on the west side of the Eaton Centre.)
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Irene Paterson
    Phone:
    Email: flagsofhopetoronto@gmail.com

    Please join us in making memory flags in honour of our loved ones.

    We aim to create 303 flags in honour of the 303 lives lost to overdose in Toronto in 2017.
    On International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st), we will display these flags in Nathan Phillips Square in a ceremony of remembrance.

    By creating these flags across Canada, we are sending Love and Light to those who have passed due to substance use disorders, and to those who are still struggling. We want to raise awareness of how many of our loved one the overdose crisis is taking, and to strengthen the hope that there will be an end.

    This project draws from the Tibetan tradition of making prayer flags, which are used to create harmony with all of the elements, as well as harmony within our physical selves and our environment.

    All supplies provided, no cost

    Thursday, August 30th, 10am to 1pm

    Those who cannot attend in person should email their loved one’s name to flagsofhopetoronto@gmail.com so that we can create a flag in their honour on your behalf.

    Windsor

    ON

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day: A Time To Remember, A Time To Act
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 10:30am
    Location: 664 Victoria Avenue
    Windsor, ON N9A 42N
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Downtown Mission
    Contact: Danielle Baron
    Phone: 5199735573 ex 142
    Email: outreach@downtownmission.com

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

    Join the Downtown Mission for our memorial BBQ on Friday, August 31st from 10:30am-2:00pm to acknowledge this special day. The BBQ will be held at 664 Victoria Avenue in Windsor, ON. Chat with our staff, have a bite to eat and help remember those who have lost their lives, and support those still living with an addiction.

    We encourage ALL community members to attend this free event.

    Overview of event:
    10:30am-2:00pm: Information and Resource Tables
    10:30am-2:00pm: Free Naloxone Training
    11:30am-1:00pm: Lunch service
    1:00-2:00pm: Memorial

    Calgary

    AB

    Event: Shatter The Stigma – A comedy Fundraiser
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Plaza Theatre
    1133 Kensington Rd NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P4
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Respnsibly (AAWEAR)
    Contact: Tammy McCorkell
    Phone: 403.614.7623
    Email: executivedirector@aawear.org

    Please join us 08.31.18 for Shatter the Stigma YYC – A Comedy event that will feature participants with lived experience (PWLE) in mental health and substance/opioid use and those who support them!

    Graducate from throughout Alberta have completed a comedy writing workshop called “Healing Through Humour” and will perform stand-up comedy along with a mix of up and coming and professional headliners including Damien MacLaren, Tammy Mac, Dale Ward, Stu Hughs and Kelly Taylor.

    The intent of the evening is to reduce stigma for PWLE, increase access to harm reduction and provide some much-needed comedic relief to those involved in fighting the Opioid crisis.

    Harm Reduction Training/Education to be offered.

    Early Bird General Admission tickets are only $35 & Early Bird VIP tickets are $70.
    A great way to treat your staff to a night out! Group discounts available.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2047088382208199/
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shatter-the-stigma-yyc-comedy-event-proceeds-to-aawears-peer-outreach-teams-tickets-41876714380

    Proceeds will go to AAWEAR’s Provincial Peer Outreach Harm Reduction Teams.

    We are also eagerly seeking: Corporate Sponsorship, Raffle/Silent Auction Items and
    Swag bag (up to 150 general admission + 100 VIP guests).

    We are a registered Society/non-profit in the Province of Alberta. As we are not yet a charity, we are unable to offer tax receipts but we can acknowledge any donations on printed materials, websites and on social media platforms.

    Powell River

    British Columbia

    Event: IOAD
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 6:30pm
    Location: Willingdon Beach (Upper Lot)
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Darlana Treloar
    Phone: 604 483 9059
    Email: darlana.treloar@gmail.com

    We will be having a peaceful March at 6:00pm from our City Hall to our Beach location where Naloxone training will already be started..training will start also at 6:00pm for anyone not wanting to join in the March..Speakers and Memorial starting at 6:30pm

    Medicine Hat

    Alberta

    Event: Medicine Hat Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 6pm
    Location: Medicine Hat Veteran’s Park
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Medicine Hat Drug Coalition
    Contact: Christa Schmidt
    Phone: 4039527728
    Email: mhdrugcoalition@gmail.com

    – Live music
    – candle light vigil for those who have been affected by overdose
    – harm reduction information
    – Naloxone kits
    – guest speakers
    – open Mic for those wanting to speak

    Sydney

    Nova Scotia

    Event: Cape Breton Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 12noon
    Location: Wentworth Park
    744 George St, Sydney, NS B1P 4Z4
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Ally Centre of Cape Breton
    Contact: Christine Porter
    Phone: 9025671766
    Email: christine.porter@bellaliant.com

    The AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton is looking to draw attention to the excessive amounts of deaths due to overdose here in Cape Breton.

    Orangeville

    Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event
    Date: 30 August 2018
    Time: 11:30am
    Location: Edelbrock Centre – 30 Centre Street, Orangeville, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Family Transition Place
    Contact: Lynette Pole-Langdon
    Phone: 519-942-4122
    Email: lynette@familytransitionplace.ca

    We invite you to join us and support Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Edelbrock Centre, Orangeville.

    The event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    We encourage ALL community member to attend to learn about things you can do to recognize signs of addiction and to help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

    Kitchener

    ON

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – K-W
    Date: 27 August 2018
    Time: 4pm
    Location: Victoria Park
    Kitchener, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy
    Contact: Lindsay Sprague
    Phone:
    Email: lsprague@kdchc.org

    In Kitchener, Ontario, we will be celebrating on August 27th from 4 pm to 6 pm. This event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Always remember to call 911, as an overdose is a medical emergency.

    Highlights of the Event:

    Meet members of the local Bereaved Families of Ontario support group called Living with Loss: Adults grieving the loss of a loved one due to substance overdose/misuse

    Decorate a stone and add it to the river rock journey wall to remember someone special

    Receive Naloxone training and get a free kit

    Talk to staff from different local organizations who will be on hand to provide support and information for individuals seeking help, including family members and concerned friends

    Pizza and water provided free of charge!

    Cambridge

    ON

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – Cambridge Ontario
    Date: 20 August 2018
    Time: 4pm
    Location: Dickson Park
    30 Park Hill Road West
    Cambridge, ON N1S
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy
    Contact: Lindsay Sprague
    Phone:
    Email: lsprague@kdchc.org

    In Cambridge, Ontario, we will be celebrating on August 20th from 4 pm to 6 pm. This event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Always remember to call 911, as an overdose is a medical emergency.

    Highlights of the Event:

    Meet members of the local Bereaved Families of Ontario support group called Living with Loss: Adults grieving the loss of a loved one due to substance overdose/misuse

    Decorate a stone and add it to the river rock journey wall to remember someone special

    Receive Naloxone training and get a free kit

    Talk to staff from different local organizations who will be on hand to provide support and information for individuals seeking help, including family members and concerned friends

    Pizza and water provided free of charge!

    Whitehorse

    YT

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Whitehorse
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    10am
    Location: 1171-1st Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0G9
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
    Contact: Bronte Renwick-Shields
    Phone: 867-332-8267
    Email: education@bloodties.ca

    Public launch of a book that showcases stories and ideas from people who use drugs about how we can better prevent overdose and support people who use drugs aimed at health and social service providers. Presentation of the book and discussion around how we can better support people who use drugs in our community and fight stigma around drug use.

    St Catharines

    ON

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial
    Date: 27 August 2018
    Time:
    6pm
    Location: 50 Market Square, St Catharines, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Positive Living Niagara
    Contact: Claire Laurie
    Phone:
    Email: claurie@positivelivingniagara.com

    This event aims to gather members of the community to memorialize those they have lost to overdoses. It will also provide education on depressant and stimulant overdoses, the available social services in the region, as well as Naloxone training for eligible attendees.

    This is a free, all ages event. There will be a few guest speakers. Snacks and refreshments provided. This space is wheelchair accessible, and gendered washrooms in City Hall will be open for attendees.

    Sudbury

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Community Event Sudbury
    Date: 27 August 2018
    Time:
    11am
    Location: Memorial Park – (Minto St/Brady St)
    Sudbury, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Reseau ACCESS Network
    Contact: Amber Fritz
    Phone: 705.688.0500 ext 220
    Email: amberf@reseauaccessnetwork.com

    Community BBQ on Monday August 27th to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost to overdose and create awareness to eliminate stigma and spread the message that overdose is preventable! The event will include guest speakers, information tables and naloxone training on site.

    Edmonton

    AB

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – Candle light ceremony
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    7pm
    Location: Edmonton
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Angela
    Phone:
    Email: grasp.edmonton@gmail.com

    Please visit our Facebook event page for more information.

    Vancouver BC

    BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    7pm
    Location: Vancouver Art Gallery,South Plaza
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Tabitha
    Phone:
    Email: tvmontgomery2014@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/245637189326847/

    This will be a peaceful evening Vigil and Rally to remember those lost to overdose and share progressive overdose education with the public.The Opioid Crisis across N.America has to stop! Let’s keep educated how we can prevent overdose, warning signs of drug misuse,addiction,intervention, safe treatments,long term rehabilitation,recovery and long term recovery.This is a health issue,NOT moral!

    Rallying together can encourage people to feel less isolated when facing personal challenges – and or loss. Stigma cannot hold back progress when we come together and show there is no shame in a human beings struggles with issues related to Substance Use Disorders,Recreational and or Mental Health issues.

    Red Deer

    AB

    Event: Leah’s Light a 5km Walk/Run for Overdose Awareness
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    10am
    Location: Kiwanis Picnic Park
    #4500 Fountain Drive10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Ashley Balan
    Phone: 4033737378
    Email: ashley34@telus.net

    August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day.
    As you know overdose is an issue near and dear to my heart. Please come out and help raise awareness as well as raise some money for the Turning Point Society of Central Alberta in Red Deer.

    May 9th the event will be open for registration and the registration link will be posted on the Facebook event page. You must register to participate.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leahs-light-5km-walkrun-for-overdose-awareness-registration-44810007940

    Guelph

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day 2018
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    12noon
    Location: TBA
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ARCH HIV/AIDS RESOURCES & COMMUNITY HEALTH
    Contact: Karen Lomax
    Phone: 519-994-5419 or 519-763-2255 x151
    Email: street@archguelph.ca

    A time to remember the ones we have lost….A time to be thankful for the folks we still have…

    Nanaimo

    bC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: Aug. 31 2018 1:30 till 3:00 PM
    Location: 100 Comox Road Maffro Stutton Park
    B.C.Canada
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Wisteria Community Association
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net
    Visit Website

    We have over 20 Speakers for our International Overdose Awareness Day

    Leduc

    AB

    Event: Overdose Awareness Event
    Date: Friday, August 24th 7pm-10pm
    Location: Alexandra Park
    #1 Alexandra Park
    Leduc, AB
    Contact: Jessica
    Phone: 780-293-0789

    Time to Remember, Time To Act

    We will be marking International Overdose Awareness on Friday, August 24th and invite you to join us.

    Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. Thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. We will be remembering those lost on August 24th, promoting overdose awareness to our community. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand mental illness, prescription overdose, unintentional overdose and how fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society.

    The day also serves as a warning that not only illicit drugs can be dangerous and no-one is immune to overdose.

    With the number of fatalities from prescription drugs growing it is also a chance to see that medicines are not always our friends. Painkillers and other pharmacy drugs play an important medical role but their careless use can have tragic long-term consequences.

    Participation in International Overdose Awareness Day is free. We will be honoring those we lost and share information on the overdose epidemic in our community. Anyone wishing to be involved may do so.