Base Camp

11 Jan

The Impact of Ice Climbing

Our Base Camp program is a 90-day intensive wilderness-based addiction treatment program for youth and families in Alberta. For the past three years we’ve coordinated a day of ice climbing with renowned climber, author and public speaker Margo Talbot and guide Sarah Heuniken. The day always proves to be an amazing and inspiring experience for the youth and staff alike. Margo and Liam share their thoughts about ice climbing, and its impact on young people in the video below. ...

23 Oct

You should always meet your heroes

Some people say that you should never meet your heroes. That, inevitably, what you’ve built them up to be in your mind will come crashing down before you when you meet them in person. When you come to look at their frailties and weaknesses in the eye. When you see them as human. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. – Christopher Reeve This week I had the distinctive pleasure of...

19 Oct

Silvia’s Turning Point

This is Silvia’s Turning Point At the time of my first Enviros retreat, I was working at one of Enviros’ city-based programs. I was in awe of all the cool wilderness folks, their hip bandanas, and even hipper swagger! They were the “cool kids”. When I arrived at the retreat location at the Easter Seals camp, I parked my vehicle and walked over to the site. Where I saw these guys on a roof with ropes and other gear. One of the guys had...

01 Sep

Sarah’s Turning Point

Where to start? I have had many turning points during my time at Enviros. But, I think what is most notable for me is my last stint at Base Camp, when I was working as Family Therapist. I went to work every week feeling so grateful to be ‘coming home’. To be received week in and week out, with open arms, open minds and open hearts by the wonderful team of individuals, who dedicate themselves to working out there. Not only...

23 May

Episode 7: Lisa Arsenault on addictions treatment and the magic of witnessing change

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11 Apr

Episode 4: Liam Law on being a youth worker and the role of progress monitoring

Episode 3-Liam Law {"type":"audio","tracklist":true,"tracknumbers":true,"images":true,"artists":true,"tracks":[{"src":"http:\/\/www.enviros.org\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/04\/Episode3-LiamLaw.mp3","type":"audio\/mpeg","title":"Episode 3-Liam Law","caption":"","description":"\"Episode 3-Liam Law\" from Turning Point Podcast by Jeff Couillard. Released: 2016. Track 3.","meta":{"artist":"Jeff Couillard","album":"Turning Point Podcast","year":"2016","length_formatted":"39:43"},"image":{"src":"http:\/\/www.enviros.org\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/audio.png","width":48,"height":64},"thumb":{"src":"http:\/\/www.enviros.org\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/audio.png","width":48,"height":64}}]} This week we sat down to chat with Liam Law. Liam’s held a number of positions with our Base Camp program, first as a Youth and Family Support Worker, then as a Shift Supervisor, and more recently as the Outcomes and Evaluation Lead. Liam shares his thoughts on youth work, the treatment journey for youth and the importance of routine...

30 Mar

Episode 2: Kelly Waters-Radcliffe on program design, therapeutic perspectives and more

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08 Oct

Base Camp Christmas Tree Hunt Adventure

On Sunday, December 8th, the fun-loving Base Camp staff joined forces to raise money for our Holiday Campaign. The team (equipped with saws and axes, hot chocolate, coffee, sausage and chili) helped people to select and cut down their own Christmas tree. All money raised went to our Holiday Campaign! Thank you Base Camp staff for hosting the Christmas tree hunting adventure at the Ghost Forest. ...

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