Makes Dan Want to Give Back

DanDan struggled with addiction from a young age and, as a result, he often found himself in trouble with the law. A year ago, determined to make a fresh start, Dan sought help at The Ottawa Mission – and he hasn’t looked back since.

He completed a stay in our Stabilization unit where he was able to prepare for long-term treatment, and then entered The Mission’s five month LifeHouse residential program. In Dan’s words, “The counselling I received in LifeHouse helped me understand myself and the roots of my addiction, and taught me a whole new way of life.

These are precious gifts.” During treatment, Dan spoke with his case manager about his strong desire to go back to school. Thanks to a bursary from a generous Mission donor, he is now enrolled in the one year Aboriginal Enrichment Program at Carleton University.

This program gives people who have been out of school for a long time the opportunity to earn the credentials they need to enter university. In his first semester Dan achieved top marks, and he is now setting his sights on a degree in Criminology. Dan’s choice of this course of study is deeply rooted in his own personal experience.

His desire for the future is to work with young offenders – to give them the opportunity to change their lives as he has changed his. As Dan says, “At The Mission, I was shown a lot of compassion and was given a second chance. I never dreamed a year ago that I would be where I am today, and I am determined to carry the gift of hope I have received forward to other young people who are struggling. Thank you.”