Join the conversation on addiction and stigma

March 5, 2013
Addiction is an illness that consumes and destroys lives and yet far too many people are fighting the battle in secret due to fear and stigma. The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction encourages Albertans to break the silence.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle is offering two free public events with Joseph Skrajewski, Director of Medical Education Programs and Initiatives at the Betty Ford Centre in Rancho Mirage, California. Skrajewski offers insight and empathy surrounding the realities and misconceptions of addiction, based on his years of professional service in the field and as his own lived experience stemming from a previous career spent in the wilds of Wall Street.

Ashamed: A Conversation about Addiction and Stigma

Edmonton - Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Road

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance at:


Calgary - Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW

Seating in Calgary in limited. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance at:


The event will include a panel discussion with local experts and people with lived experience. Audience members will have time to share questions and their own experiences. There will also be representatives and informational materials available from a variety of local addictions services. Doors open at 6:00PM. The events begin at 7:00PM. Light refreshments will be served.

NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS – Joseph Skrajewski is available for interviews by phone in advance, day of in broadcast studios or one-on-one’s at the lecture venues. All media are also welcome at the evening lectures.


Media contact:

Dr. Glynnis Lieb, Exec. Dir, Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health & Addiction