Name of Town: Dawson Creek,
Strong and growing sub-group of peer educators and facilitators
A Q&A with Chelsea Mackay of the Dawson Creek CAT.
“Don't be afraid to go after what your community and peers really need. Don’t become too institutional – follow your gut. If you feel like you need something, go ahead and do it, because if it saves someone’s life, it’s worth it,” – Chelsea Mackay, Project Coordinator
Members of the Community Action Initiative team sat down with Chelsea Mackay, Project Coordinator, to discuss the evolution, learnings, and proud moments experienced while working with the Dawson Creek CAT. Here’s what she had to say.
- What really got us started as a CAT was hosting a series of World Cafés, which provided an opportunity for people to come together to discuss their needs. That was a really effective way for us to get a sense of what the community needed. It was identified that we really needed a peer group in Dawson Creek and the surrounding areas, and that work around overdose prevention and response needed to be done in this area in general.