Kanata Opioid Crisis Forum Oct. 12, 2017

HIGH STAKES | Desperate parents of drug-addicted teens turning to Ottawa group for help

CBC News Ottawa reports on the creation of We the Parents and interest shown by other municipalities. Thank you Julie Ireton for working to make sure we are represented accurately in the media.



Family Mental Health and Addiction Summit – April 30, 2017

Parents – Learn how to talk to your kids about mental health and addiction.

Youth – Learn how to talk to your parent about stress, anxiety, suicide, bullying, addiction, gender and sexuality.

Host by: Lisa MacLeod, MPP

Sunday, April 30, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School
149 Berrigan Drive, Kanata ON  K2J 5C6

Sean O’Leary, Executive Director, We The Parents and Steve Cody, President, We The Parents will be speaking at this event.

PLEO Kanata Parent Support Group Launch April 11, 2017

In collaboration with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) is proud to announce the launch of a new monthly support group for parents and caregivers of children, youth and young adults (up to age 24), who are dealing with mental health and/or addictions challenges.

We the Parents invite all our subscribers to attend this important event on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre Boardroom
2 McNeil Court, Kanata, ON

Sean O’Leary will attend. Please RSVP by replying to this message so we know approximately how many people to expect.

“It takes a Village”
Sean O’Leary &

We have just Begun!!

Reminder: Tonight (March 21, 2017)

Please attend if you can make it. They are looking into doing Facebook Live. Details to follow.

Teens and Addiction
by Ottawa Parents of Teens

Riverside South
Event Address : Rideauview Community Centre – 4310 Shoreline Drive Gloucester, Ontario K1V1N4


  • Sean O’Leary   15min
  • Mike Beauchesne.  Dave Smith Centre/Rideauwood 15min
  • Natalie Markoff   PLEO 15min
  • Rob Cameron   Pharmacist 15min

After the speakers there will be a Question and Answer.

“It takes a Village”
Sean O’Leary &

We have just Begun!!

Next Meeting March 9, 2017

I would like to thank all the many, many people whom have reached out in the last two and a half weeks. The outpouring of encouragement, grief, sadness, fear and recovery was beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. It has been life altering for me. At first I was just a Dad who was scared to death that I was going to lose my daughter and wanted to get together with the parents of her friends so we could work as a group to keep our kids safe. What has happened is so much more.

There are so many of us; families in the community struggling with this same crisis. We need to keep communicating among us and as a community. We need the shame and stigma to end starting now. We need to continue to speak with one voice but many names and faces.

Already the parents of wetheparents.ca have started to make a difference.

  • Schools have now started to educate parents and their students
  • I met with Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO. They have agreed to and have already started working on a resource package with our input for children struggling with addiction who arrive at CHEO and their parents. It will give parents pertinent information on how to deal with detox/withdrawal and a list of resources in our community which can assist the children and their families with withdrawal management and treatment
  • Naloxone kits have been distributed to hundreds of families. As well many Fireman came up to me at the City’s meeting on February 27th and showed me their Naloxone kits that they had gotten themselves so they would be ready if required.
  • Tomorrow I meet with our Mayor Jim Watson.
  • I will be meeting with Ms. Jane Philpott the Federal Minister of Health in the near future.

While these wins are awesome, they are what politicians refer to as “low hanging fruit”. We need to continue on as a group to push our agenda forward. There are many more resources our families need and we need to proceed as a united group.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., wetheparents.ca and I will be holding a follow-up meeting at the Kanata Recreational Complex. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss what we have accomplished so far and a discussion regarding our plans going forward.

All parents/grandparents of children are invited. This meeting will be by parents and for parents. The only agencies that are invited and may be in attendance to answer questions are PLEO and Ottawa Public Health.

“It takes a Village”

We have just begun!

Sean O’Leary

& wetheparents.ca

Marianne Wilkinson has invited me to the meeting tonight at KRC.

Hi All,
Marianne Wilkinson has invited me to the meeting tonight at KRC. She has also asked me to invite all the local people I have been in touch with. I do not think she realizes how many of us there are.
My goal is to work for the children that are struggling with addiction and their families.Let’s all go and show them how many of us there are. Please bring your children if possible.
Make sure everyone you speak to knows you are from wetheparents.ca and/or wethechildren.ca
Most of the politicians would like to, and will announce you are there because of them. Make sure they know and the media knows we are there because of, and for our children and our families.
No Shame!
No Stigma!
It is not just about addiction recovery. More importantly it is about SOCIAL recovery!
“It takes a village” We are your friends and neighbours! We need you all!
We have just begun!
Sean O’Leary

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