The Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition is putting on an event to recognize Overdose Awareness Day.
A walk from HIV North to the Muskoseepi Park Amphitheatre starts at 4:30, with speakers and performers beginning at 5:30 p.m. on August 24.
Tyla Savard, Chair of the Coalition, says anyone, especially those affected by addiction, are encouraged to attend.
“If you’re a family member, or you have a family member that is going through, and trying to get on that road to recovery, or you’re on the road to recovery or you just know someone in general. We want to come together as a community and support one another, and just get rid of the stigma.”
She adds the main focus is raising awareness.
“There will be a little bit of education, but we’re trying to keep it straight to the point,” she said. “It’s not going to be an over-the-top kind of celebrity coming in and saying all these great words. It’s going to be real people, sharing real stories and connecting on a real level.”
Performers are still needed, and they are actively looking.
“Whether it’s to display their art, come and share some songs that they have composed. I know we have a lot of rappers and that kind of stuff. Whatever is your piece of art, definitely just give me a call,” Savard explained.
She can be reached at 780-897-4875.
This is the first time Overdose Awareness Day has officially been recognized in Grande Prairie, although Savard says there have been similar events in the past. She hopes to continue this event on in future years.
This event is in part with International Overdose Awareness Day, which is on August 31.