client Marianne (left) with her sister Jennifer.
days a week, Marianne Petrone rises at 4:30 a.m. to start cooking
breakfast for hundreds of people
at St. Stephen’s Community House in Kensington Market. Bacon, sausage,
eggs, fruit, toast, coffee and other goodies are on the menu. “It’s a
big esponsibility. It’s the most important meal of the day, as everyone
says. I love it.”
says her volunteer work is a big part of her recovery process.
Originally from Thunder Bay,
she studied at Lakehead University before struggling with cocaine
addiction and mental health challenges. Marianne has been a client at
CAMH’s Downtown West Outpatient Clinic (Archway) for several years.
get a lot of support from both staff and clients here – we support each
other.” Group sessions every
week such as spirituality and harm reduction are focused on client
needs, she says. “I want to change my life. I want a more secure and
was one of seven clients recognized by the clinic for success in their
recovery journeys at
an event hosted by the clinic on March 27th. They received Archie Awards
for special accomplishments in areas such as education, creativity,
peer support and spiritual wellness.
accomplishments of our clients are a sign of hope,” said event host
Kate McGee, a Peer Support
Worker at the clinic. “The Archie Awards are a chance for clients, their
families, friends, and staff to come together and be proud of the
community we’ve built at Archway.”
In addition to her dedication as a volunteer, “Marianne has worked hard this year to maintain wellness
and make strides in many areas of her life,” says Matt Tsuda, CAMH Occupational Therapist.
is always very encouraging of her peers, and consistently brings a
positive energy.” Marianne
also improved her budgeting skills, notes Matt. “This has enabled her to
take pride in treating her family members to special dinners and
Marianne with Matt Tsuda, CAMH Occupational Therapist