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During the past year, Dr Nykamp says the number of drug overdose-related deaths in Cambridge has doubled.

 
Police, crime prevention and health officials are teaming up to educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl and how to access and administer the live-saving antidote, giving more time for help to arrive.  Unfortunately, that message sometimes comes too late.
 

Dr Nykamp has already been speaking with city and region officials, and well as staff at different health and social service agencies, about the fentanyl crisis and the impacts it’s having on the community.

“What we need is a grass-roots organization to start dealing with this,” he said. “We can reverse this by working together.”

 
Dr. Hank Nykamp -The Fentanyl Crisis in Cambridge
 Oct 06, 2017
 
Sergeant John Foster - Waterloo Regional Police
 Oct 20, 2017
 
 
District Governor Kathi Dick
 Nov 17, 2017
 

Amarok Society has seen real success for bringing lasting change to an overlooked education crisis. They have done this by helping some of the poorest women in the world by becoming catalysts of sustainable change in the world.

But Canada faces its own education crisis, which is also overlooked, and which also must be addressed through a spirit of innovation. Through their work in First Nations education, Amarok Society founders, Dr. Tanyss and Gem Munro have witnessed the serious educational disadvantages afforded to our Indigenous youth right here at home, with significant repercussions. Education deficits have a ripple effect to other areas, as evidenced by the gap between Indigenous populations and the average Canadian populations in health, income, justice, and social issues. There is likewise a serious gap between the equality that Canadians say we stand for, and the reality of life for most Indigenous youth.

Amarok Society is opening a new chapter – Amarok Society Indigenous – which will ultimately establish a month-long leadership academy for indigenous youth, beginning with workshops of shorter durations where indigenous youth are. The methodology draws upon Indigenous traditions, history, and culture to create transformative change in students’ lives. Unlocking long-standing impasses through conversation-based workshops, Amarok Society Indigenous leaves youth leaders with an unprecedented capacity to alter their lives and the lives of those around them.

Gem Munro - E.D. of the Amarok Society
 Mar 16, 2018