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Greg Darjes

Spiritual Advisor

Greg  

As one of Cedars’ spiritual advisors, workshop facilitators, and lecturers, Greg creates a safe container for our patients to explore their spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, has served as a Chaplain in correctional centres across South Vancouver Island and has been working in the addiction-recovery field since 1996. Greg loves working at Cedars due to the camaraderie, professionalism, and compassion of his co-workers. In addition, Greg is grateful to witness the change and courageous vulnerability that occurs in patients as they progress through treatment. He is admired around Cedars for his compassion, thoughtfulness, empathic listening, and ability to be present as he walks alongside patients on the path of recovery. Greg understands addiction as a bio-psycho-social disease with a spiritual remedy. He describes cultivating spirituality as “keeping an open mind. In the here and now, we are supported, expanded, and transformed, with god. We are in this companionship, where we are constantly transforming and evolving.” In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering within his local community, being a member of a 12-step fellowship, and most importantly being a grandfather and great-grandfather!