Theo Fleury will be making a stop at the College of New Caledonia when he is in Prince George next month.
While Fleury’s visit to Prince George is in conjunction with the Timberwolves Legacy Breakfast at UNBC, his appearance at CNC on Monday, February 6, will focus on healing and is targeted toward confidence building for those facing addiction, disability or mental illness.
The former NHL player, turned motivator, will speak to aboriginal youth at risk and the community during a free event taking place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Fleury will share his story of hope, moving forward, and never giving up even when the obstacles are great. Following his presentation he will be available for a meet and greet with those attending.
During his time as a hockey player, Fleury struggled with addiction and eventually left the sport. He went on to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a former coach. Fleury, who is of Metis descent, has since become an advocate for sexual abuse victims and developed a career as a public speaker.
“This is a special event for at-risk aboriginal youth and the community,” said Darlene McIntosh, Cultural Advisor at CNC’s Aboriginal Resource Centre, in a press release. “If your community is looking to be healthy and whole, you need to hear stories of success. Hearing, “Yes you can do this!” from someone who has faced significant challenges and abuse means a lot.”
Fleury is known as a healing motivator and a person of great life experience with extensive knowledge in the field of relational trauma. His mission statement, to help as many people get to where they want to go, has taken shape in many forms, whether meeting people for a brief moment on the street or as a dynamic inspirational speaker with the intention of creating healing through conversation.