“John is a SMART Recovery facilitator on Vancouver Island. He also works to coordinate meetings in that area of British Columbia. Prior to that, he was the founder and president of recovery organization Lifering in Canada. He is a retired lawyer, familiar with building not for profit, corporate and charitable organizations. John is dedicated to growing Smart Recovery in Canada.”
Richard is a facilitator who also provides technical support and develops material optimized for online meetings. Richard has been a member of many boards of directors for public, private, university and not for profit organizations. His career focused on aerospace and traffic management in which he led teams and organizations of over 500 staff. Richard's involvement in SMART arose from his involvement in charity fundraising during which he met people involved in SMART.
Cynthia developed a passion and commitment to advocate for families with mental health and addiction problems through lived experience in her family. She began studying rational emotive behaviour therapy in 1985. She started the first chapter of SMART Recovery Toronto, manages the online community and has been the regional coordinator for Ontario since 2017. Cynthia has been presenting evidence-based programs with peer support to hospitals and health organizations since 2012.
Antoinette has been on her recovery journey since 1987 and sought out many different pathways. She has been supporting individuals facilitating meetings for SMART Recovery and Moms Stop The Harm for over ten years. She has been engaged supporting families and the Indigenous community since 1990. Antoinette is passionate assisting people towards self empowerment engaging them as they discover the power of choice!
Barry is the regional coordinator and IT Director for Alberta. Barry has been facilitating SMART Recovery meetings for 8 years in Airdrie and Calgary. He has twenty years of experience as a senior purchasing agent and eighteen years of experience as an IT Manager. He is passionate about helping individuals in addiction recovery. He also volunteers at a rehabilitation facility on a yearly basis.