Prince George, B.C. – The Baldy Hughes Addiction Treatment Centre & Therapeutic Community is pleased to announce that three more residents have completed the continuing education program at the Centre and have been awarded their high-school equivalent B.C. Adult Dogwood certificate. Over the past three-and-a-half years there have been 162 Ministry of Education course completions, 85 upgrading course completions, and 32 Adult Dogwood Graduates – with many more to come. “The continuing education program at Baldy Hughes is an important part of the recovery process for our men – it’s a tremendously valuable way to build self-esteem and create a platform they can build on”, said School District #57’s Center for Learning Alternatives Vice-Principal Peter Goudal, who is the architect of the education program at Baldy Hughes.
A Graduation & Commencement Ceremony was held at the Centre on Monday, June 27 to recognize the three men who earned their Dogwood and the four men who were awarded certificates marking their formal completion of the treatment program at Baldy Hughes. The community was joined by family, School District #57 Superintendent, Brian Pepper, Asst. Superintendent, John McLay, Trustee Rhonda White, Chair of the Board, Kevin England and special guest David Berner who is widely recognized as the founder of the therapeutic community movement in Canada.
Baldy Hughes also announced it is now making online Post-Secondary courses and programs available to qualified residents who are seeking to advance their skills and training. Expanding the educational opportunities gives senior residents more options for continuing their personal growth without having to leave the supportive environment of the community. “Our success is built on keeping the guys here at least one year, but often they’ve completed their clinical treatment after 8 months and start to get antsy”, said Bruce Kirk, Executive Director. “Those final four months are a really important phase of their treatment because that’s when they get to give back by acting as mentors and role models to the new guys – it’s the essence of what a therapeutic community is all about.”