Dallas Forbes, whose partner Lamille Harder passed away in February from a fentanyl overdose, is expected to be one of the people in attendance at the International Overdose Awareness Day event at Maffeo Sutton Park on Thursday (Aug. 31). (News Bulletin file)

Overdose victims to be remembered at awareness event in Nanaimo

International Overdose Awareness Day event goes Thursday (Aug. 31)

Nanaimo victims who have died due to drug overdose will be remembered at an event at Maffeo Sutton Park on Thursday (Aug. 31), International Overdose Awareness Day.

The day not only seeks to memorialize victims of overdose, but raise awareness and reduce stigma of deaths related to drugs. Tanya Hiltz, organizer and Nob Hill Community Association president, said the event will build on a similar one held in June, when memorial trees were unveiled with names of those dying from fentanyl overdose.

“We have gathered over 100 names for the trees and we felt it was time to bring [Overdose Awareness Day] officially to Nanaimo. It’s never been done here before,” said Hiltz.

Politicians – Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, MLAs Doug Routley and Leonard Krog and MP Sheila Malcolmson – will be speaking as well as Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer, and people who have lost loved ones to overdose, according to Hiltz. AIDS Vancouver Island will also be on hand, giving naloxone training, she said.

The event takes place Thursday at Maffeo Sutton Park at the Lions Pavilion between 2 and 4 p.m.

“Everybody’s welcome,” said Hiltz. “Come and meet the people, have a chat with them and [listen to] their stories.”


Just Posted

RDN receives funding for flood risk assessment

Regional District of Nanaimo to see $80K from B.C. government and $70K from feds

Tilray announces intention to be medical marijuana supplier to Pharmasave

Tilray enters into letter of intent, subject to regulation changes

UPDATE: Conditions placed on Nanaimo CAO during peace bond process

Tracy Samra charged with one count of fear of injury/damage by another person

RCMP trying to identify people in photos after camera found smashed

Camera was found on Turner Road earlier this month

Safari Jeff brings exotic animal tour to town

Animal enthusiast and educator presenting shows at Nanaimo North Town Centre

Beefs & Bouquets, March 22

To submit a beef or bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Judge the NRE on its own merits

Letter writers weigh in on the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange’s closure

Supreme Court rules former Stephen Harper aide guilty of influence peddling

A one-time senior aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper has been found guilty of influence peddling by Canada’s highest court.

Annual inflation rate rises to 2.2% for its fastest pace since fall 2014

Statistics Canada says the consumer price index in February was up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago

B.C. drug smuggler pleads guilty in U.S. court

Shuswap man admits to using helicopters to transport marijuana and cocaine across the border

Provincial forests minister open to meeting about Lantzville woodlot

Minister says province recently issued alternative proposal for Woodlot 1475

UPDATE: both lanes open Hwy. 19 south after multi-vehicle accident

A car fire has since been extinguished at the Hillview Rd. crash site Thursday morning

Seafair wins B.C. Hockey’s bantam Tier 1 title

Host team finishes fourth at provincial championships in Nanaimo

Most Read