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  • 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.

    Courtenay

    British Columbia

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 10am
    Location: Outdoor, Simms Park, Courtenay B.C.
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: AIDS Vancouver Island
    Contact: Danielle Kennedy/Sarah Sullivan
    Phone: 2503387400
    Email: Sarah.Sullivan@avi.org

    We will be hosting a BBQ at an outdoor facility. Multiple service providers in our community will be hosting informational booths and AIDS Vancouver Island will be providing Naloxone training as well as information about safe using and harm reduction tactics. We hope to have a memorial art activity and would like the event to be inclusive for family members and children.
    Our goal is to bring awareness and to educate people about the current state of the opioid crisis that is affecting our community while also reducing the stigma that surrounds people who use substances. We would like to assist people in their knowledge of the various ways they can prevent overdose and how they can support a person who is overdosing. We also want to provide a platform for people to share their stories without fear of judgment and to also be able to commemorate loved ones who have lost their lives because of accidental poisoning or from other substance-related ailments.

    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…

    Hamilton

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event and Memorial
    Date: 31 August 2018
    Time:
    1pm
    Location: TBD
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: City of Hamilton’s Harm Reduction Program
    Contact: Margot Corbin
    Phone: 905-546-2424 x7475
    Email: margot.corbin@hamilton.ca

    Details to follow: Come and join us to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, to support those whose lives have been affected by overdose, to raise awareness of overdose in our local community, to decrease the stigma of drug-related death and to provide harm reduction resources and Naloxone to those who need it.

    Nanaimo

    bC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: Aug. 31 2018 1:30 till 3:00 PM
    Location: 150 Nlcol Street
    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.