Rebecca Rummery, Winnipeg, MB

On January 14th, 2018 Rebecca Rummery lost her 26 year old boyfriend, Rob Ashley, to an accidental drug overdose. 

Following a surgery, Rob was prescribed painkillers and his struggle with prescription opioids began. Early in 2017, Rob successfully completed out-of-province treatment. Upon returning to Winnipeg, he had a few months of sobriety before unfortunately relapsing. During this time, Rob struggled to receive the help he so desperately needed. 

Although Rob struggled with substance use disorder, it did not define who he was. Rob was a beautiful soul with a warm smile and a presence that would light up a room. He helped anyone he could and always brightened the mood with his sense of humour and positive outlook on life. Rob was a talented musician who loved writing and recording music and playing his guitar. His heart was pure. He had a sensitive side and felt things differently than most.

During Rob's struggles, Rebecca witnessed a lot of failures in the system. There was a lack of resources, long waitlists, and a lack of education. Rob reached out to many avenues and services for help but was either turned away, put on a waitlist, or given a resource that was impractical or hopeless. It is heartbreaking to see someone you love struggling and yet you are unable to help. Those facing substance abuse disorder should not have to suffer. It is crucial they have access to the resources they need, when they need it.

When Rob passed away a very special person was lost from the world. He had so much potential and his life should have been longer, much longer.

Rebecca is an advocate for the change that needs to happen for people struggling with substance use disorder.

Rob Ashley October 29, 1991- January 14,2018