Network Allies

BRITISH COLUMBIA

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

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 Puska, Kelowna, BC. Son died from an overdose June 6, 2015.

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.

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. 

Donna Diduck, BC

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

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

Gail Winstanley, Pender Island, BC

Glen Leiper, Langley, BC

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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

Valerie Fetherston, BC

Veronica Staddon, BC


ALBERTA

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.

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.

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.

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).  https://www.ualberta.ca/public-health/about/faculty-staff/academic-listing/elaine-hyshka

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 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.

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

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

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

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 Whytock, Edmonton, AB.  Only son died of an accidental overdose on April 28, 2017 a 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.

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

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. 

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

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

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.

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


MANITOBA

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.

Susan Wiebe, Grunthal, MB. 


SASKATCHEWAN

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.

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

Robin Foster, Saskatoon, SK. 

 


ONTARIO

Christine Day, Bowmanville, ON. 

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.  http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/04/20/fentanyl-niagaras-silent-killer

Jo-Ann Rundle, Cambride, ON

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. 

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

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


ATLANTIC CANADA

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

Juli Vail, Grand Bay Westried, NB. Son Corporal Tyrell Vail died from a Dilaudid ( hydrmorphone) overdose on May 16, 2017. 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.