Interview with CTV Ottawa

Interview with CTV Ottawa

Mat’s journey across Canada and through his recovery at the John Volken Academy was recently covered by CTV Ottawa. Watch his interview here

Mentioned in The News

In The News

While the road that lies ahead is difficult, it is always a welcome boost when I am asked to talk to the local press.

Recently, Kendra Craighton of Victoria News and Julian Kolsut of Check News were kind enough to feature my story on their print and digital channels. Below are links to both the articles.

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Made it to Nova Scotia

We made it to Nova Scotia

We made it! Found ourselves some lobster too. We parked the RV at Jon’s parents house and set ourselves up for a good rest. I’d like to thank Jon’s family for the warm welcome. It’s really beautiful here in Nova Scotia, I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to be on the opposite side of the country. Im feeling really exhausted from the rollercoaster of the past few weeks. But so far everything has been falling into place. Next is to set the RV up for the bike ride and the first day on the road for the long journey home. With some down time and an easy schedule for awhile I will have to make sure I stay busy and find things to do. Staying on top of my mental health and keeping myself in check until the ride will be my main concern. There is still much to do. I keep telling myself that I’m not on vacation and must make sure I’m ready for day one of the ride. Tomorrow I will go for a nice cruise on the bmx and get back into biking mode!

Made it to Niagara Falls

Made it to Niagara Falls

I’ve grown up always wanting to see more of what the world looks like. Born and raised in British Columbia I’ve never really even left the province. These are all new experiences for me. 4 years ago I was struggling to survive and stuck in addiction. I could barely even hold onto my job as a mechanic. Now with the life skills necessary to hold life together my quality of living has greatly increased. I went from hiding away scared of the world and people, to loving life and the people around me. I’d like to thank the John Volken Academy once again for giving me a new life. Standing next to Niagra Falls I was in true awe and amazed by what I felt. Seeing Niagra Falls up close and not just on TV was really cool. A reminder of the power and flow of emotions that is needed to drive a happy life. I no longer run from my feelings and welcome all, even the uncomfortable ones as hard as that may be sometimes. I have the awareness and skills to move with the flow of life. If I can do this… you can too. Even if all hope seems lost. Never ever give up!