Like our members, Alouette Addictions has laboured under a lot of uncertainty in the past 1.5 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to respond to client and community needs in new and innovative ways.

The ongoing opioid overdose tragedy, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to ensure the safety of users of illicit street drugs. In the past year, with assistance from our community partners, Alouette Addictions has introduced new ways of testing for the presence of toxic substances in street drugs as an expansion of the harm reduction approach to addictions.

We work hard every day to preserve the safety of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ residents.

We are proud of the fact that during the pandemic, that our doors have never been closed and services have not only been maintained—they have expanded.

There is an excellent working relationship between the Board of Directors and Alouette Addictions staff as together, we respond to emerging issues relating to addictions and homelessness in our community.

This years’ AGM will see three dedicated Board members retiring. We will miss their presence, knowledge and wisdom as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic and the opioid crisis. The three Board vacancies need to be filled with people who are similarly dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of local residents. We need people who are interested in volunteering their energies toward understanding the impacts of addictions and homelessness on our community and are willing to offer their insights about community life that can assist Alouette Addictions to provide timely and relevant services.

If you are interested in learning more about membership on the Board of Directors, please contact the Board President, Mo Korchinski at [email protected]