Surrey’s John Volken Academy commits $1M to British Columbia Centre on Substance Use
published on May 23, 2017 by Amy Reid in Peach Arch news
Newton recovery operation donates money in midst of the ongoing opioid crisis in B.C.
NEWTON — Newton’s John Volken Academy (JVA) has committed $1 million to support the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis that took the lives of 914 people in B.C. last year.
“Helping others has brought me tremendous joy and satisfaction,” said JVA founder John Volken, adding that the organization is committed to working with BCCSU to support recovery based activities. “I believe that once we have provided for our families, we should then work for the good of all, especially the most vulnerable in our society.”
BCSSU aims to close the gap between research and practice, to improve the health system for those struggling with substance abuse. The donation from the academy will help promote a recovery-oriented system of care across the province, according to a release.
BCCSU Director Dr. Evan Wood said addiction care “must be a continuum from acute treatment through to after care models that include a range of services and supports including the recovery programs that can be an integral part of system for many.
“The support of the John Volken Academy will allow us to really engage with this sector and ultimately promote the best outcomes for persons who too frequently have nowhere to turn for help,” he added.View the full article