REACH Edmonton

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) takes place the third week of November every year in Canada (Nov. 18-24, 2012). Throughout the week, communities provide information and raise awareness on addiction issues that affect individuals, families and communities. National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week occurs at the same time.

The Edmonton National Addictions Awareness Week Committee is composed of a number of community members and representatives from various organizations and agencies. The agencies currently involved include: Alberta Health Services, Assist Community Services, Jellinek Society, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, REACH Edmonton and SOS Children's Safety Magazine. There are also community members at large that sit on the committee, including the 2012 Committee Chair. In addition, the NAAW Committee engages University of Alberta students through the Community Service Learning program who assist with activity development and events.

The Edmonton NAAW Committee and its partners are hosting two events to increase knowledge and awareness of alcohol, drug, gambling and other addictions as well as actively promoting and sharing positive, healthy lifestyles.

NAAW Proclamation

Mayor Stephen Mandel proclaims November 18-24 National Addictions Awareness Week. He will be joined by representatives of the Edmonton NAAW Committee, the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services and REACH Edmonton.

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012

Time: Noon

Location: City Room, City Hall

Speakers: NAAW Committee Chair, Alar Aksberg; Hon. Mayor Stephen Mandel; REACH Edmonton Executive Director, Jan Fox; Alberta Health Services Director of Addiction, Allan Aubry; Deputy Police Chief Korol

Rising From the Ashes... A Journey to Living the Good Life - Family Fun Day!

A FREE community event featuring local musical and video talent expressing themselves around the theme, and distinguished speakers, including Jamie Courtorielle, Amber Thomas and Ross Brooks sharing thoughts and stories. To keep everyone moving throughout the day, there will be music and free, fun, healthy activities like face-painting, yoga, dance, hula hooping, drumming and more for everyone to participate in and learn about. Over 15 exhibitor booths will provide information pertaining to addictions treatment and prevention.

View local art, listen to entertainment and enjoy positive activities all in the spirit of "living the good life." Music and Emcee will be provided by Music is a Weapon! There will also be great prizes and free food.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Ross Sheppard School Gyms (13546 - 111 Ave.) - Next to Westmount Transit Centre