Meet the Moms
Donna is the mother three adult children and proud grandmother and great-grandmother. She admits to almost learning too late about the real effect her practice of tough love had on her daughter, Jac's, addiction to opioids.
It was late one evening that she received a call informing her that her daughter was going to lose her life from complications of her substance use.
That call led to her reconsidering her views and her actions around addiction.
"Don't let my life and the way I lived it be for nothing" was Jac's last wish.
To that end, Donna has dedicated herself to advocating for Global Drug Policy Reform to ensure no other substance user, or their loved ones, have to go through the hard taught lessons that her daughter provided her with.
Donna is also the founder and facilitator of Jac's voice-on living with addiction and mental illness and the Coordinator of the Canadian FED UP! Rally - A National Call to acton for evidence based Drug Policy in Canada.
Donna holds the positions of being the operations coordinator and the Canadian and International advocate for mumsDU.
Jennifer had every reason to believe that the battle had been won when her youngest son Dylan successfully detoxed himself in the winter of 2013 after a relatively short struggle with drugs. The new year brought with it the promise of his graduation from his final year of an Applied Fine Arts program. He was once again active in sports and loving his music, cooking and especially his family. It also brought an opportunity to take oxy again. Only this time the oxy was laced with fentanyl. Now, Dylan will be forever 21, his brother is now an only child and the dinner table will always have an empty chair at it.
As a result of Dylan's death and the nature of how he passed, Jennifer sought support from those who had "been there". She discovered the US based organization Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing (GRASP) and began the 1st Canadian Chapter in Burnaby BC.
Jennifer holds the position of being the advisor and advocate of British Columbia for mumsDU.