The TDTC is proud of the role played by our alumni in the day-to-day operations and ongoing development of the program. Graduates have first hand experience of how the TDTC works and how it can help instill hope for change in our participants.
The Toronto Drug Treatment Court Alumni Group Mission Statement
The Toronto Drug Treatment Court Alumni group was developed to help individuals who are winning their personal battles against drug addiction, and have successfully completed the requirements of Drug Treatment Court. Participation is not mandatory, but is a unique opportunity to gain and give support throughout the recovery process
A valuable source of client support
Our active alumni group is committed to supporting TDTC participants and giving something back to the program. For our clients, the wisdom and support they offer can be invaluable. From time to time grads give motivational talks at group sessions, attend court to support clients being released from custody and provide peer support for those who may be struggling to complete the program. Additionally, TDTC alumni play an integral role on various TDTC committees including:
- Community Advisory Committee & associated sub-committees.
Community Outreach and Awareness
In collaboration with TDTC staff, our graduates play an important role in educating the public about Drug Treatment Courts, including participating in regular Toronto Police training sessions.
Each year, the Alumni group holds a picnic for current clients and program staff. The picnic offers a casual setting where graduates can encourage new clients and help them become better engaged with the program.
Annual holiday parties and other special events provide opportunites for alumni to participate both for their own support and to support the program and current clients.
Peer Support Worker
As a reflection of the positive impact alumni have had on our program, the TDTC has a full-time Peer Support Worker position. Our Peer Support worker was an active alumni who had graduated from the program in 2003 and had been volunteering her time to support and mentor new clients entering the program.
DTC Connection – Monthly newsletter
The DTC Connection, was published monthly by the TDTCAA it covered meetings, stories and thoughts associated with the program. Archived copies of the DTC Connection can be seen below.