Recovery Day Ottawa- Founder Community Addictions Peer Support Association- Co-Founder
Daniel Rathwell is a dedicated advocate, educator, speaker and expert in the field of substance misuse prevention and treatment. He began his career in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia; a neighbourhood with a long history of substance misuse and related issues. It was in this desperate place that he first found his passion, and ability for helping others find a way out from the cycle of active addiction. Through an evidence based, client centred and focused counselling style, coupled with his willingness to share his own personal experience with addiction, and the effects it has had on his life, he has been providing support and inspiration to individuals and families for more than a decade.
Daniel is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC), a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor (CCAC), a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), is an active member of the marketing committee of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), and is a member of the Carleton Place Municipal Drug Strategy Committee.
In 2012, Daniel Co-Founded what is now known as the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA), a federally incorporated not-for-profit; and through his work there founded the first Recovery Day in Ontario (Ottawa). It is his hope that these efforts continue to provide awareness, and reduce the stigma that surround addicts, addiction, and other mental health issues. In 2014, Daniel was a recipient of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre Foundations prestigious "Inspiration Award" for his dedication and work in recovery advocacy.