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Continuing the Conversation – Community Dialogue about problematic youth substance use in the Okanagan

For Immediate Release | September 14, 2017

Although the recent opiate crisis has lent certain urgency to this issue, for those who work with at-risk youth, families who have a young person struggling with the issue and the young people themselves, this has been a crisis for quite some time.  The Bridge Youth & Family Services and its partners believe it is a community problem, but are also convinced that there is a community solution.  This dialogue will help us discover that way forward.

The ‘Continuing the Conversation’ event will allow organizers the opportunity to present results from the Starting the Conversation Survey that has been in circulation since July. The survey is open for completion until Monday, September 18th at The event will also highlight several new community resources dedicated to respond to the issue, and facilitate a panel discussion amongst local experts to respond to community concerns and questions.

‘Continuing the Conversation’ is open to all who have an interest. The event is scheduled for September 21st at 6 pm the Laurel Packing House located at 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna. Please join us – by registering at

This event is made possible with the financial support of The Children & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team and the Centre for Addiction Research BC and the shared leadership of  ARC Programs Ltd., the Foundry, CMHA and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services inspires healthy communities and resilient people through innovation, leadership and collaboration. The Bridge strengthens communities, families and people by offering a constellation of services and programs that reflect our commitment to the incredible potential of all we are honoured to serve.  The non-profit organization has been providing counselling, education and support services within the Central Okanagan since 1969.

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