Community Support Worker
Don began working at Cedars in the fall of 2006 and has since become a chief member of the Support Staff team. For a short period of time, he was booking Cedars’ Wednesday Speaker Meetings and assisting patients with their alcohol and drug histories. Over the past decade at Cedars, Don has enjoyed the experience of working with individuals in their recovery journey. You can often find Don telling his story of participating in a mid-winter River Bath where participants were guided by an Elder to immerse themselves in the water. This spiritual process was profoundly special to Don, as was witnessing others share this collective experience.
Don relishes the natural atmosphere at Cedars by enjoying walks in the woods with his dog Keo, visiting Cedars’ resident owl ‘Hootie’, and experiencing the peace and serenity of Cobble Hill. It’s these surroundings which Don finds to be so conducive to recovery and self-reflection. Most of the staff are either in recovery themselves or have been affected by addiction in their lives. For Don, it’s these two things combined that create the uniquely supportive environment for recovery at Cedars.