The Fraser Recovery Program loses its best friend

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Photo: courtesy of the Fraser Recovery Program

Hazel Breakey dedicated most of her life to helping others and upon learning about the Fraser Recovery Program (FRP) she immediately gave it her full support. The FRP is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people overcome addiction problems. Hazel Ross Breakey passed away at St. Brigid's Home on December 20, 2008.

Hazel opened the doors of her condo so that the Program's twice-weekly meetings could be held in her living room, which was always considered a safe, secure and caring environment. Over the past 14 years, more than 450 young people passed through her home.

She was very kind and generous and was a grandmother figure to many of the young people. "Hazel was extraordinary, open-hearted, and non-judgemental ... I think the wackier you were, the more she liked you," a young man who knew Hazel through the program said.

Hazel provided snacks for the young people at the meetings and many young people even stayed with her for extended periods. She organized Christmas and New Year's suppers for the young people so that they could be in an environment free of drugs and alcohol. In addition, she was always willing to drive young people home and pick them up for meetings.

Hazel became knowledgeable about addiction and recovery through reading and research and had the utmost respect for people trying to overcome this disease. She adamantly defended the program to anyone who criticized her for allowing addicts into her home. She was not only a source of encouragement to the young people, but also to the staff members.

She was a confidante to the young people and her influence was such that they maintained contact with her even after moving away. Many continued to visit her during her stay at St. Brigid's Home. She was always very friendly, good-humoured, and non-judgemental. She always encouraged young people to pursue their dreams. Hazel was often known to say, "I believe in living in the here and the now, and outside of my own family, the here and the now is the FRP."

She was proud to say that she had the utmost support of her whole family, who firmly believe that her involvement with the program kept her alert, alive and vigorous in her later years. She herself would often say that the last fourteen years were among the best of her life. Hazel will be greatly missed by all who knew her.