Network Allies


Aislinn O'Rourke, Invermere, BC. Daughter Makayla died of a Fentanyl overdose at the age of 17 on December, 28 2016

Amanda Evans, Powel River, BC. Ally working in the field. 

Aralee Johnson, Victoria, BC.  Brother Dayne Johnson, age 23, died due to a suspected intentional overdose on July 26th, 2013.

Barbara Saunders, Chilliwack, BC. Son, Merlin Saunders, who was killed by Fentanyl on December 27, 2016. Maintains the Facebook page Fentanyl Victims - We Remember 

BonnieJean Duncan, Victoria, BC.  Daughter Heather Jane Mclean, age 17, died from an overdose of cocaine that was laced with Fentanyl on April 16, 2017. 

Bonnie Parkes-Bourassa, Kamloops, BC. Son Marc Harrie born on July 2nd 1978, died Dec 29th 2016

Carol Young, Vancouver, BC. I have not lost my son yet. He has been using for over 20 years now. Every day I am afraid I will get that call and I want to work to change drug policy to decriminalize all drugs and to focus on harm reduction.

Carol Mackie, Salt Spring Island, BC. Daughter Kate died July 6, 2016 of a Fentanyl overdose. 

Carolyn Mills, Maple Ridge, BC. Son died from an overdose September 13th 2016, age 42.

Carrie and Troy Koski, Kelowna, BC. Son, Mathew died June 5th 2016 of an overdose.

Cheryl Wagstaff, Cedar, BC. Daughter Stephanie, age 25, died from Fentanyl poisoning on May 22, 2017.  Cheryl was a recreational user who took GHB that was laced with Fentanyl. 

Cheryl Wolbers, Surrey, BC. Brother who had struggled with substance use died in rock climbing accident on May 14, 2016.

Chris A., BC. Person with lived experience. 

Cyndi Lion, Kamloops, BC. Daughter, age 19, died from an accidental overdose on September 24, 2016.

Darlana Treloar, Powell River, BC. Sean Robert Treloar, age 27, died from a Fentanyl overdose on May 6, 2016 .

Diane Hannah, Squamish, BC. Son Lee, age 29, died from a methadone overdose in 2008.

Debbie Lewis, West Kelowna, BC.  Daughter Racine Cessford, age 24, died in Surrey on May 15, 2016 from a Fentanyl overdose when she had relapsed after a year and a half in recovery.

Diane McBain, Pender Island, BC. Nephew Jordan Miller, age 25, died February 4 2014 from an opioid overdose.

Dalene Bodechon, Courtney, BC. Daughter Jordan Ashley, age 22, died due to heroin related causes on December 11, 2016.

David Bent, Victoria, BC. Living in recovery. 

Dana Dmytro, Surrey, BC. Mother and brother died due to substance use related causes. Mother, age 40, on August 29, 2002 and brother, age 36 on October 21, 2016.

Donna Diduck, BC

Donna Smith, Lone Butte, BC. Son Derrick, age 29, died from a Fentanyl overdose on March 19, 2016. 

Emily Chase, Victoria, BC. Heather Jane McLean is my little sister. She died Easter Sunday, 2017. She was only 17 years old. She died from a tragic cocaine and Fentanyl overdose. 

Fernand Magnin, Victoria, BC.  Daughter Bria Magnin-Forster, age 30, died from a Fentanyl overdose on May 2, 2016.

Gail Kroeker,  Kelowna, BC. My brother, my friend, Jessie Ruth, age 54, died alone in White Rock on November 2016 from an accidental overdose Fentanyl, leaving behind a fragile mother and daughters.

Gail Kroeker, Kelowna, BC.  Brother and best friend Jessie Ruth, age 54, died alone in White Rock, BC in November 2016 due to an accidental Fentanyl overdose. He is leaving behind a fragile mother and daughters.

Gail Winstanley, Pender Island, BC

Glen Leiper, Langley, BC

Grant Waldman, Coldstream, BC. Ally who works as a counsellor at a treatment centre and has witnessed the impact of drug overdoses on many communities.

Iris Youngberg, Vernon, BC

Jane Harding, Cloverdale, BC. Son, Michael, age 29,  died from a Fentanyl overdose on Feb 5, 2016.

Janice Walker, Victoria, BC. Son Joe Wijohn-Walker, age 25, died from a Fentanyl overdose on December 11, 2016

Jacqueline Mobron, North Saanich, BC. Loved one with lived experience. 

Jason Wills, Kelowna, BC. My little brother passed away in 2016 due to a Fentanyl overdose. Our family has been crushed by our lost and I would like to help out anyway I can.

Jenn Brown, Christina Lake, BC. Loved one with lived experience. 

Jennifer Woodside, Port Moody, BC.  Son Dylan, age 21,  died of a Fentanyl overdose on April 4, 2014. Jennifer is a MSTH ally and founding member of the BC based The Voice of the Family.

Jill McCullum, Vancouver, BC. Son, age 27, died from an overdose after suffering from PTSD. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. 

JoAnn Skiba, Victoria, BC. Son Christopher Charles Parker died due to a cocaine addiction in 2006, only 4 days after spending 2.5 months in a treatment facility in Naniamo B.C. He was a musician, restaurant owner and beloved by his family.

Judith Bertholm, Surrey, BC. Son Preston, age 19, died from a Fentanyl overdose on March 11th, 2017.

Karma Russell, Cloverdale, BC. Daughter Kieana Justine Russell

Kathy Wagner, New Westminster, BC.  Son Tristan Kroeker, age 21, died of a suspected Fentanyl or Carfentanyl overdose in August 2017. 

Kelsey Sheppy, Kelowna, BC. Younger brother died from an overdose on March 13, 2016 just a week shy of his 30th birthday.

Kerry Henriksen, Victoria, BC. Son Dan Pelletier, age 30, died from a Fentanyl overdose on July 8th 2016.

Kimberly Christianson, Kelowna, BC.  Daughter Chelsea, age 17,  died due to an overdose in March 2017. 

Leila Tattersall, Pender Island, BC. 

Lisa Macfarlane, Sooke BC. Son Matthew Phillip MacFarlane, age 29, died on June 25, 2017 of an accidental overdose. 

Liz Tabor, Armstrong, BC. Grandson Tyler died from an accidental overdose in 2016.

Lorrie Maude, Vancouver, BC. Son Jamie Dexter, age 33, died from an accidental overdose on May 5, 2015.

Maureen Christensen, Powell River,  BC. Son Anton Christensen-Lemieux, age 24, died of a Fentanyl overdose on March 19th, 2017. 

Maureen C. Ferrier, Yarrow, BC. Son Daniel died by suicide in April, 2013 after many years of fighting addiction, to alcohol and cocaine.

Nadia Fink, Victoria, BC

Nancy Murphy, Victoria, BC. Loved one with lived experience. 

Pam Hoeschle, West Kelowna, BC.  Son died from a cocaine overdose in March 2013.

Patty-Anne Lea, Victoria, BC.  Son Christopher Michael Lea died from a Fentanyl overdose on 24 Sept 2016, after an early discharge after an from rehab that his mother, who lives on a fixed income, had paid for.  To read more about Michael go to

Rodney Munro, Victoria, BC.  Loved one with lived experience. 

Sarah Rae, Pender Island, BC.  Loved one with lived experience. 

Shannon O'Sullivan, New Westminster, BC. Son Patrick Norris Colby, age 38,  died from a Fentanyl overdose on January 4 2017.

Shellee Pilgrim, Surrey, BC. Son died of an accidental overdose of Benzodiezepine. 

Sylvia Mennear, Cherryville, BC. Son Aaron James, age 30,  died from a Fentanyl overdose on April 19, 2017, on his younger brothers birthday. His opioid use started on prescription after a snowboard accident. When he was cut off by his doctor, he started to use street drugs, which took his life. 

Tara Romeo, Salmon Arm, BC. Ally working in the field.

Theresa Simmonds, Dawson Creek, BC. Son Micheal, 21 years old, died from an overdose on July 1st, 2016 .

Tracey Dallyn, Vancouver BC.  Son Jack Simpson, age 18,  died of an accidental Fentanyl overdose on March 28, 2017.

Tracy Morettin, Saanich, BC. Son Richard (Ricky) Scott died after smoking Fentanyl laced cocaine on March 4, 2017. 

Tricia Highley, BC. Daughter Chloe Grace Highley, age 18, from a heroin overdose on died April 26, 2015.

Valerie Fetherston, BC

Veronica Staddon, BC

Wanda Green, Victoria BC. Son died due to substance use. 

Brenda Finney, Courtenay, BC. Loved one with lived experience.

Charene Monk, Kamloops, BC. Son Colby died July 22, 2017 from opioid poisoning. He relapsed 3 weeks into recovery and took what he thought was heroin, but was in fact fentanyl.

Cheryl Guardiero, Nanaimo, BC. Son Brett Mercer died on August 19th 2017 of  drug poisoning from Fentanyl laced cocaine.

Cindy Aspden, Kelowna, BC.

Correne Antrobus, Victoria, BC. Loved one with lives experience.

Grace Tutin, East pine, BC. Son Ryan Shawn Ouelette, age 29, died on May 27 2012 from accidental drug poisoning.

Jeanie Seward-Magee, Vancouver, BC. My gentle spirited, wordsmith, anxiety ridden and depressed wonderful third child, Timothy, died on December 15, 2015 aged 39 from poisoning resulting from a mixed cocktail of cocaine, heroin and other substances.

Jennifer Cottel, Kamloops, BC. One child using, one child in recovery, one child potentially at risk.

Jill Robinson, Kelowna, BC. Ally working in the field, who knows many people who are at risk.

Jo Hayes, Bowen Island, BC. Loved one with lived experience.

Kim LeClerc, Kelowna, BC. Son Jake Langille died on January 22 , 2017  of substance poisoning. Forever 27.

Laurel Keating, Lumby, BC.  Son Adam Keating died December 13, 2013 from substance poisoning while in treatment. A second son, Corey Keating died May 22, 2017 from Fentanyl poisoning.

Lisa Lloyd, Vancouver, BC. Both of my sons use and have overdosed several times but been have revived by Naloxone. My youngest son spent 2 months in ICU recovering from a severe overdose, 2 years ago.

Lisa Ready, Maple Ridge, BC.  Son Garrett, age 21 died on May 30, 2016 from Fentanyl poisoning. He was Lisa's youngest and only son.

Marlene Reichert, Victoria, BC.  Daughter Shauna Reichert, age 27, died on January 31, 2016 due to an overdose of prescription drugs.

Melanie Austin, Victoria BC. Lost a dear friend.

Patricia Murray, North Vancouver, BC. Son Roan Crothers Moore, age 21 died on March 30, 2017 at VGH.

Susan Rutherford, Kelowna, BC. Loved one with lived experience.

Steve Esslemont, Houston, BC. Lived experience and friends with lived experience.


Amy Graves, Edmonton, AB, brother Josh died 2011 from illicit use of prescription drugs.

Angela Welz, Edmonton, AB. Daughter Zoe, age 18,  died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose on November 7, 2016. Zoe was a vibrant, beautiful and smart young woman who had her entire life ahead of her, but sadly was not able to get the help she so desperately needed and her family is left shattered and heartbroken by her death.

Angela Staines, Edmonton, AB.

Angie Dzaman,  Spruce Grove, AB. Nephew Tyler Laybolt, died from Fentanyl laced cocaine in on Nov 6 2016. 

Archer Karr, Edmonton, AB. Brother died from opioid overdose. Watching the suffering of his mother motivated Archer to speak out and become and ally of MSTH.

Carla Nault - Howatt, Sherwood Park, AB. Son Adam Meyer, age 27, died by suicide on July 19 2015.

Bev Petersen, Leduc, AB.  Son Lamille Harder died  from a fentanyl overdose on February 23,  2017 in Cumberland, BC.

Catherine Maxwell-Day, Spruce Grove, AB. Brother Kelley died of an opioid overdose.

Catrena Donahue, Sherwood Park, AB. Loved one with lived experience.          

Charlene Thiessen, Calgary, AB.  Son Carter Beaudin, age 22, died from a Fentanyl overdose in Nosehill Park on March 4, 2017.

Cheryl Y., Medicine Hat, AB. Family member with lived experience. 

Cindy Feheley, Edmonton, AB. Family member with lived experience

Colleen Westgarth and Megan Westgarth, Medicine Hat, AB. Son and brother Michael Shane Westgarth died of a drug overdose on January 1, 2017 at the age of 33.

Dana Nickel-Parkes, Calgary, AB.  Son Tristan, age 19, died from a Fentanyl overdose on September 18, 2015

Derek Osterland, Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Son Cody Derek William (Toaster) Osterland, Died September 21, 2016, at 23 year of age, from a possible overdose. Still waiting for the investigation into his death to be completed.

Elaine Hyshka, Edmonton, AB.  A MSTH ally. Assistant Professor, University of Alberta School of Public Health, member of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE). "I am a researcher focused on advancing a public health approach to substance." Elaine is the co-chair of the Alberta Government Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC).

Esther Tailfeathers, Cardston, AB. A MSTH ally. Dr. Tailfeathers played an integral role in mobilizing a community response to the opioid crisis in first nation's communities. In addition to being the Physician Lead for the Aboriginal Health Program with Alberta Health Services, she is a family physician in Cardston and Fort Chipewyan. She is a member of the Alberta Government Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC). 

Faye Gray, St. Albert, AB.  Daughter Lindsey, age 33,  from an overdose of  Fentanyl and crystal meth on November 2, 2015, leaving behind a young son.

Heather, Calgary, AB.  Son died March 22, 2015 of a heroin overdose.

Holly Meints, Fort McMurray, AB.  Son Christopher Daniel S., age 28, died on August 8, 2016,  from a Fentanyl overdose. 

Jessica Holtsbaum, Calgary, AB. Brother, Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal on February 17th, 2016.

Jordan Lanti, Edmonton, AB. Lost my boyfriend and father of my daughter, Todd Michael Chambers, age 29. He died from an overdose on October 5th, 2016.

Juanita O'Reilly, Edmonton, AB. Son died from an overdose in April 2014.

Karen Ann Huggins, Calgary, AB. Son, Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal died from Fentanyl poisoning on February 17th, 2016.

Kari Ursulescu, Medicine Hat, AB. My best friend, love of my life and soulmate lost his battle to addiction on October 22 2016 at the age of 31 years old. Riley was sober for almost one year, then needed open heart surgery which lead to a relapse which then lead to his overdose of pain medications. Riley passed away at his parents place. The day he died, I lost myself.

Kevin Kadach, Edmonton, AB. Lost friends to substance use related causes and friends with lived experience. 

Kym Porter, Medicine Hat, AB. Son, Neil Balmer, age 32, died on July 1, 2016 of an overdose. He was loved and well liked by many. He had an amazing sense of humour.

Lana Jester, Rocky Mountain House, AB.  Daughter, age 24, died from an accidental overdose on January 9, 2017

La Vonne Rideout, Lethbridge, AB.  Son Brock, age 20, died of an overdose on October 19, 2015. 

Leslie Keith, Edmonton, AB. Son Matthew, age 28, died October 22, 2015 from an accidental Fentanyl overdose.

Linda Al Marzook,Calgary, AB. Loved one with lived experience.

Lisa Reinbolt, Edmonton, AB. Son Kyle, age 20,  died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose on February 4, 2016

Lowell Evans, Edmonton, AB. Son, age 19, died from an accidental overdose on November 27, 2014.

Louise Dexter, Medicine Hat, AB. Son Jamie Dexter, age 33, died from an accidental overdose on May 5, 2015.

Mioara & Steven Whytock, Edmonton, AB.  Only son died from Carfentanyl Poisening on April 28, 2017 one week before his 19th birthday.

Michelle Hartley, Calgary, AB.  Son Cody James Richard Bucar, age 30,  died from an drug overdose of methamphetamine, possibly laced with Fentanyl, on March 9,  2017.

Natalie & Ken Jefferson, Fort McMurray, AB.  Son Brandon Jefferson, age 21,  died of a Fentanyl overdose on October 7, 2015. He was Ken and Natalie's only child and tt has been devastating journey for them. They want to contribute and help others who are on this unfortunate journey

Niki Lucas, Grande Prairie, AB. Son Dustin Robert Lucas 27 years of age, died February 23, 2016.

Pansy Angevine, Carstairs, AB. Family member lost a son. 

Regan Magnus, Edmonton, AB. Mother of child with lived experience.

Rosalind Davis, Calgary AB.  Partner, Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal, died February 17, 2016 from a Fentanyl overdose. 

Shauna Tangerman, Red Deer, AB. Son Shay Clark Tangerman died on August 29, 3015 at the young age of 27 yrs old. He was one of the 274 people who died due to Fentanyl in Alberta in 2015.

Shawn Proctor, Calgary, AB. Friends lost children due to the opioid crisis.

Shawna Taylor, Airdrie, AB. Loved one with lived experience in recovery.

Sharon Dacen, Calgary, AB. Love one with lived experience. 

Sheila Horst, Spruce Grove, AB. Son Kenny Horst, age 33, died on July 25, 2016 from an accidental overdose after being in recovery for 144 days.

Susan Robblee, Sherwood Park, AB. Susan is advocating for more more flexible and cost effective treatment resources within primary care and close to where people live.

Susyn Wagner, Calgary, AB.  Son, Zackery Maller, age 23, died from drug use related causes on April 23, 2014.

Tammy Coats, Blackfalds, AB.  Son Mitchell, overdosed and was on life support for 3 days before passing away on November 30, 2016 at the age of 22. 

Teresa Ouellette, Foisy, AB. Loved one with lived experience. 

Dee Carrier, Edmonton, AB.  Son Tyler Brandt, age 36, died in August 2016 from Fentanyl poisoning. He had struggled with substance use since he was 13 years old.

Katherine Pederson, Calgary, AB. Angelina Pederson died of Fentanyl poisoning at the age of 16.

Lisa Clark, Calgary, AB. Ally working in the field.

Tammy Coates, Blackfalds, AB. Son Mitchell overdosed and was on life support for 3 days before he died on November 30, 2016 at the age of 22.

Melissa Reimchen, Edmonton, AB. Ally working in the field.

Monroe Morrison, Edmonton, AB. Father, age 56, died from overdose and suicide 3 years ago.. Several friends,  all aged 32 died of overdose and suicides this year in the months of August and September 2017.

Taylor Matheson, Medicine Hat, AB. Professional in the field - lived experience.

Stacy Bell-Powell. Edmonton, AB.  Brother Michael Jordon Bell  died June 20,  2017 to an accidental drug poisoning.


Joanne Brown, St. Andrews, MB. Son Myles, age 27, died on Oct 3, 2016 from accidental carfentynal overdose. Joanne and loved ones with lived experience.

Carman Settee, Morris, MB. Family members with lived experience. 

Susan Wiebe, Grunthal, MB. 

Kim Longstreet, Brandon, MB.

Marlie Cooper, Winnipeg, MB. On September 18th, 2016 my children lost their father to a prescribed morphine overdose. He died in a tremendous amout of pain, he was only 36.


Carrie Ann Silveira, Saskatoon, SK. Son Jonathon Silveira  died from a Fentanyl overdose on March 18, 2017. I am happy to be part of something amazing and look forward to be part of stopping the harm so other moms won't have to suffer.

Charlene Hegel, Saskatoon, SK. Son Garret, age 27, died from a Fentanyl overdose on February 1 2017. He was a wonderful son and father he left behind a 5 year old son.

Gaylene Lalonde, Moose Jaw, SK. Son Justin Lee Fleming, age 30, died from a Fentanyl overdose on March 25, 2017.

Laurel Reisinger, Saskatoon, SK.  Son Alexander David Reisinger, age 23, died on  August 21, 2014 of an accidental drug overdose in Coquitlam, BC.  He had moved to BC 3 weeks prior to live with his grandfather and was about to start a recovery day program, get a new job, and take some classes.

Lenore Moen, Saskatoon, SK. Loved one with lived experience. 

Robin Foster, Saskatoon, SK. 

Chylo Michael, Saskatoon, SK. Son Chase McInnes on July 22 2017. Son Chase McInnes died on July 22 2017 from drug poisoning, just 4 days before his 21st birthday.



Alanna Laporte, Windsor, ON. Loved-one with lived experience. 

Christine Day, Bowmanville, ON. 

Heather Alce-Steffler, Seaforth, ON. Son Tanner, age 19 died from a suspected overdose on June 6th 2017. 

Jen Springett, Dryden, ON. Son, Fisher Steven Clayton, age 18, died on March 25 2016 from a drug related accident, after being refused admittance for a psychiatric assessment in January 2016, and after 11 years of mental health therapy.

Jennifer Johnston, St. Catharines, ON. Son Jonathan, age 25,  died of a Fentanyl overdose on April 20, 2016.  He was working as the head chef at Origin restaurant in Toronto.

Jo-Ann Rundle, Cambride, ON

Judith Rossman, St. Catharines, ON. Son Noath, age 21, died in 2012 of an accidental opioid overdose, when he relapsed while in recovery. 

Laura Hamberg, Mississauga, ON. Estranged husband died of a Fentanyl over dose in July 2015. Leaving her two daughters, age 10 and 14, without a father.

Rita St Onge, Wasaga Beach, ON. Son Joel left Ontario in July of 2013 to go to BC. On Dec 8 2013 he died of a drug overdose of Fentanyl. He was 32 years old.

Sandi Tantardini, Beamsville, ON. Son Scott, age 28, died from an overdose on August 27, 2016, less than 24 hours after being released from a treatment facility in Alberta. He had been in recovery for 21 months, but had relapsed prior to entering the treatment centre. 

Sharon Harrison, Napanee, ON. Family member lost a loved one. 

Stacy Vanmierlo, Lindsay, ON. Loved one with lived experience.

Sue Tait, Bracebridge, ON. Loved one with lived experience.

Esther King, St. Catharines, ON. Son Kevin, aged 35, died on March 7th, 2016 from a hydro morphine poisoning.

Gail Parry, Peterborough, ON. Dear friends lost a child due to substance use.

Brenda Warner, St. Catharines, ON.  Daughter Marci died  May 15, 2017 from drug  poisoning.

Tracy Dawson, Grimsby, ON.  Son Josh Ververgaert died of drug poisoning. He thought he was taking heroin but it was Fentanyl. His funeral was held on his 19th birthday.

Sandi Feltham, Ottawa, ON. Loved one with lived experience.

Wilma Thompson, St. Catharines, ON. Daughter, Jaena, died June 6, 2016 due to Fentanyl intoxication.


Denise Woodford, Mt. Pearl, NL. Youngest son Logan A. Mullins, age 22, died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose on August 20, 2016.

Julie Vail, Grand Bay Westried, NB. Son Corporal Tyrell Vail died from a Dilaudid ( hydrmorphone) overdose on May 16, 2016. He leaves behind 3 small children. 

Liann Gallagher, Fredericton, NB. Son Andrew Gallagher, age 29, died died on July 29th 2016 in Kelowna BC from an accidental overdose after using a drug laced with Fentenyl.