Polson Park hosts inaugural Recovery Day

This event aims to promote awareness, education and pride in recovery

Awareness about substance abuse will be the focus of the inaugural Recovery Day Okanagan.

It takes place Sept. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at Vernon’s Polson Park.

“This event aims to promote awareness, education and pride in recovery. Recovery Day Okanagan will provide a venue to break down the stigmas of silence and to create an environment of celebration,” said Kelly Fehr, event director.

The first annual Recovery Day in Canada drew more than 1,500 people in Vancouver in 2012 and more than 300 people attended the Recovery Day in Kelowna in 2013.

“There will be more than 15 cities celebrating Recovery Day across Canada in September,” said Fehr.

The Vernon event will feature vendors with recovery information, including the John Howard Society and the Upper Room Mission.

“The day will include speakers, testimonials, a barbecue by donation, a bouncy fun castle for the kids, and live music by Vernon’s very own Feet First,” said Lisa Anderson, one of the organizers.

There will also be a recovery march around Polson Park.