RCR’s mission is to acknowledge the role of oppression based on identity and its effect on addiction and mental health. By increasing accessibility of trauma-informed care through evidence-based practice, we aim to cater our program to those who have historically been underserved in these areas of healthcare. Our mandate is to cultivate a life-long relationship of positive support and community involvement with each of our clients.
Inspired by the Greek word, regenesis, meaning renewal or rebirth, we plan to stay true to our name and provide clients at RCR the fresh start that they deserve. Trauma-informed care, compassion, and a supportive community are at the heart of our work, while evidence-based practice strongly influences our therapeutic values.
We are a not-for-profit residential recovery facility governed by an active volunteer board of directors, including all three of RCR’s current team members. Our vision is to provide care based on four unique pillars:
- To prioritize the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups such as women and gender non-conforming people with intake priority given to those identifying as Indigeneous peoples and/or members of the 2SLGBTTQ+ community.
- To serve as an extension to existing addictions care by providing a more gradual transition between traditional primary treatment and independent community living.
- To work with various pre-existing organizations by emphasizing and encouraging the development of extensive and external positive support networks specifically tailored to individual wants and needs.
- To provide comprehensive outreach support free of charge to all graduates of the program as well as group meetings and activities to all clients who exit the program for the purpose of building a lifelong supportive relationship.
Cindy Foster is the driving force behind the organization and fills the Executive Director role at Regenesis Centre for Recovery. Cindy earned a Bachelor of the Arts Double Honours degree in Psychology and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba, and is currently working toward her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, also from the University of Manitoba. Currently, Cindy is working as an Addictions Counsellor and has six years of social service experience including working with high-needs youth. In addition to her duties as the Executive Director, Cindy provides the in-house counselling sessions.
Assistant Executive Director
Leora Strand is the energetic dynamo behind the organization and fills the Assistant Executive Director role. Leora also earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Leora is currently working as an Addictions Counsellor and she brings five years of experience in social services including work as a crisis counsellor. In addition to her duties as the Assistant Executive Director, Leora will be heading RCR’s Outreach Program.