Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Stacey Petersen has gained national recognition for his leadership in the addiction recovery and homeless serving sectors. He is a person in long term recovery, celebrating 34 years in October of 2021. That same month, Mr. Petersen joined Cedars at Cobble Hill as their Chief Executive Officer. He is excited about working with such an amazing group of individuals at Cedars. He is committed to building a strong recovery culture in order to better serve those who desire recovery and a better way to live.
Prior to coming to Cedars, Mr. Petersen served as the Executive Director of Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary and Lethbridge for 17.5 years and as the President and CEO of Simon House Recovery Centre for nine years prior. Mr. Petersen helped steward Fresh Start to restructure its entire operating and funding model both securing multi-year funders as well as increasing the agency’s profile in the community and addictions sector in Calgary and Canada. Under Mr. Petersen’s stewardship Fresh Start was named one of the top three treatment agencies in Canada by the Fraser Institute 2006-2012 and the number one treatment facility in all of Canada in 2010, 2013 and 2014 as well as receiving the prestigious Peter F Drucker Award for Nonprofit management in 2014 and the overall Donner Award for Excellence in Social Services. Charity intelligence Canada also chose Fresh Start as a Canadian Top Agency from 2007-2021. Mr. Petersen led the agency to broker the City of Calgary’s very first Good Neighbour Agreement with the communities of Greenview, Thorncliff and Highland Park and oversaw the completion of this new, purpose built 50-bed treatment facility. In 2012 he led Fresh Start to receive a Calgary Award for Advocacy.
Mr. Petersen is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers and has been involved in the field for more than 33 years. In 2011, Mr. Petersen was the recipient of the McKillop Award honoring individuals working in human services who demonstrate a personal commitment to improving the social fabric of Calgary and he had previously been chosen as one of Calgary’s top “40 under 40” in 2001 for leadership, earning this distinction while President and CEO of Simon House.
- Serves on the executive of the Alberta Addiction Service Providers (AASP).
- Appointed to the Alberta Government Council on Addiction and Mental Health – 2019.
- Appointed to the The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction’s Lived Experience Working Group – 2019.
- Board Member Alberta Addiction Service Providers.
- Board Member Recovery Access Alberta.
- Board Member Bruce Oake Recovery Centre Winnipeg.