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Coquitlam teen's heroin, fentanyl overdose ruled 'accidental' - The Tri-City News

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

B.C. coroner's report released this month. The body of Gwynevere Kenny-Staddon was found on Aug. 7, 2016 in a bathroom at a Port Moody Starbucks after she bought the drugs from a friend and ingested the drug cocktail.  Although a drug user, she had not taken heroin and fentanyl regularly for three weeks before she died. Coroner Adele Lambert ruled her death as accidental. The 16-year-old girl's overdose death due to illicit drugs was among 914 last year in B.C. Among those who died was her boyfriend's brother, Brandon Jansen, who OD'd while undergoing treatment at a Sunshine Coast rehabilitation centre. On March 8, Lambert wrote in her recommendation to Alex Scheiber, B.C.'s deputy director of child welfare, to "consider conducting a comprehensive review of the services provided to Gwynevere Joan Kenny-Staddon with a view to improving services and outcomes for children in the province of British Columbia." Lambert described Kenny-Staddon as a gifted athlete with friends. But in the spring of 2012, her behaviour changed and school staff alerted the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). Then 12, Kenny-Staddon had begun experimenting with drugs a...

'King of Kensington' now in hospice - Burnaby Now

Friday, January 6, 2017

September after going to the hospital for shortness of breath. He was given the OK to move home and have a nurse drop in. He moved to Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice in Port Moody on Dec. 8. “At first, I was really depressed because I’m thinking this means he’s going to be gone shortly, but he’s lasted a couple weeks now,” said Hatch. “It’s such a peaceful, loving place.” To ease the financial burden on the Ryans, Hatch has started a GoFundMe page. “We want to try to help him with the costs because he has to pay hospice and rent for their basement suite, and (Lou’s) going to have the funeral expense coming up,” she said. Hatch noted Ryan plans to be cremated and have his ashes stored in a Nabob coffee can. “That has been his thing. I said, ‘It’s going to take more than one coffee can.’ He goes ‘OK, I got three of them reserved for that,’” she said with a laugh. “They drink Nabob coffee, and he just felt that he didn’t need an urn.” Let's block ads! (Why?)...

'It's going to take you,' warns BC man who lost brother and girlfriend to fentanyl overdoses - CBC.ca

Friday, October 28, 2016

We tried calling a number of places and the only place that would take her was a detox facilty," said Jansen. A barista found her, unresponsive, in a Starbucks bathroom in Port Moody. Paramedics were unable to revive her. Several of Staddon's family and friends say she told them her body could handle fentanyl and she would never overdose. Jansen urges others to never touch the drug. Nick Jansen says he never thought he'd be suffering a second loss in B.C.'s fentanyl crisis. His girlfriend died five months after his brother. (Michelle Jansen) "You're not invincible to it, it's going to affect you, like it does everyone else, and there's no getting around it," he said. Dealers use deaths to boost sales What's worse, he suspects dealers who sell the potent opioid treat the death of a client as a marketing opportunity. "Other people who are so far into addiction think, oh my god, that is some strong stuff. It's better than all the other stuff I'm getting, so they go and buy that," said Jansen, who says he's seen deep addiction up close. 'You're self-sabotaging, you're killing yourself.' - Nick Jansen "It's the nature of the addiction, you're self-destructing, you're self-sabotaging, you're killing yourself." He is now working with his mother to raise awareness and lobby for more treatment beds. They created the Brandon Jansen Foundation and have become vocal advocates for young people suffering from addiction.  CBC News Investigates If you have information on this or any other story we should investigate, email us: Investigate@cbc.ca Follow @NatalieClancy on TWITTER. Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Teen who died in Starbucks washroom needed rehab but mom says she couldn't afford it - CBC.ca

Friday, September 30, 2016

Gwynevere Staddon, who would have entered Grade 12 this fall, was found Sunday evening by a Starbucks employee in the coffee shop's washroom at 221 Ioco Rd. in Port Moody. She was unresponsive and couldn't be revived by emergency responders, according to Port Moody police. They found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia with her. "My best friend, my daughter, my sweetheart baby ... I will never stop missing you ... my heart won't stop breaking," her mother Veronica wrote on Facebook. The B.C. Coroners Service has not determined the cause of the girl's death, but her mother said she "completely suspects" it's an overdose involving fentanyl. Veronica Staddon is mourning her daughter's death of a suspected overdose.0:59 'I'm OK now, Mum' Veronica Staddon says Gwynevere had struggled with substance abuse for some time, but had told her mom she stopped using over the past three weeks. "I've quit, so I'm OK now, Mum," Veronica recalled her daughter saying. "It was calling out her name, and so she thought, 'One more time.' The one more time was the very last time." Gwynevere had told her mom that dealers were selling fentanyl, but she didn't think an overdose could happen to her, her mother said. Veronica said she looked into getting her daughter into rehab, but publicly funded treatment requires months of waiting, and private clinics are too expensive. "If I don't...

Gwynevere Staddon's death, likely from fentanyl overdose, could have been prevented, mourners say - CBC.ca

Friday, September 9, 2016

Grade 12 this week, said mourners who gathered Tuesday evening to remember the teenager. Staddon died of a suspected fentanyl overdose three weeks ago in the washroom of a Port Moody, B.C., Starbucks. Instead, Staddon's friends and family filed into a Coquitlam church to attend her funeral. "She knew the dangers, but she was 16 and felt invincible and didn't think things through," said family friend Shelly Herron, who read aloud the eulogy written by Gwynevere's mother, Veronica Staddon. Gwynevere Staddon, 16, pictured here with her mother, Veronica Staddon. Staddon tried to find a youth addiction treatment bed for her daughter. (Veronica Staddon) "We cuddled almost every night of her life, including the night before this horrible tragedy," Herron told mourners at Coquitlam Alliance Church. More than 250 people gathered to share their sorrow and frustration. People close to Gwynevere say there is little doubt illicit fentanyl took her life. "How do we say goodbye to such a young girl … who do we blame?" asked Barb Fraser, Staddon's former gymnastics coach.  "We have a crazy cruel world our children are growing up in," Fraser said, her voice shaking. Teens were asked to 'think d...

Community mourns doctor who put focus on health care in the north - CBC.ca

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A doctor who spent decades working to improve health care in northern British Columbia is being mourned after he died Tuesday night.Dr. Bert Kelly was a "tireless champion for health care" said Prince George city councillor Susan Scott, who announced his passing via Facebook.Kelly was a key architect of the Northern Medical Program, in which students in UBC's medical program are trained in northern B.C. in an effort to help recruit and retain future medical professionals in a region that historically has been underserved.Faced with chronic doctor shortages in Prince George and the surrounding area, Kelly helped lead a local group of physicians and specialists in what was effectively a strike in 2000, withdrawing non-essential services until the province agreed to commit more funding and efforts to recruitment and retention of doctors in the north. By 2004 the Northern Medical Program was opened, with Kelly serving the role of Executive Director of the Northern Medical Society.Truly sad this morning at the loss of Dr. Bert Kelly! He wa...

A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...

Audrey Ann 'Penny' Cline - The Altamont Enterprise

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Utica; by their four daughters, Mrs. Wendy J. Hotaling of Northville, Mrs. Laurel A. St. Onge of Northville, Mrs. Erika L. Troxell of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Amy E. Cline of Kamloops, British Columbia; by her two brothers, Paul T. Burnett of Donna, Texas and Clark W. Burnett of Citrus Springs, Florida; and by her 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held at a time to be announced in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.Memorial contributions may be made to local hospice agencies.Let's block ads! (Why?)...