Accidental Drug Poisoning Crisis - Community of Practice (ADPC-CoP)

St. John Ambulance began the National Summit Series in response to the need for further support of front line workers which was evident in the Reaching Home: Opioid Poisoning Response Training where post-training Q&As ran over the allotted training session time due to the high demand of support and knowledge sharing among frontline workers. Results from training surveys which found a similar need for information and knowledge. Prior to the launch of the pilot, we conducted a needs assessment to determine whether a COP was what frontline workers in the opioid crisis were seeking; support, resources, and connections with others in the field. The needs assessment asked respondents what motivated them to join the summit, what challenges they were currently experiencing with the opioid crisis, and what they were seeking to help inform the format of future national summits. As a result, two-hundred and ninety participants registered for the first pilot event, and over 180 attende

Piloted by our National Summit Series, The Accidental Drug Poisoning Crisis – Community of Practice is an expansion of the Summit series and a national initiative that aims to connect people with lived and living experience, frontline workers, and anyone impacted by the opioid crisis to discuss ideas, challenges, and knowledge of current trends and practices in a safe space. Events will take place online once a month, providing an accessible space to share resources and create community-based solutions.

ADPC-CoP events geared towards specific communities or issues that will accommodate up to 100 participants will take place monthly over zoom with larger scale events taking place trimonthly starting July 27th. The larger events will accommodate up to 500 participants and offer opportunities to hear from keynote speakers, participate in workshops, and engage in personal development.

The ADPC-CoP program is overseen by an advisory committee comprised of subject matter experts including people with lived and living experience, and frontline workers to ensure the content being delivered is both relevant and accurate. With representatives from each corner of Canada, the ADPC-CoP aims to combat the insulation of information throughout the country and create a ‘connective tissue’ to bring people together.

Our next Community of Practice Event will be held on September 28th, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST – virtually.

Theme: Nothing About Us Without Us

Rachel Plamondon and Iesha Henderson from RainCity Housing

About Our Guest Speakers


For four decades RainCity Housing has put government funds and generous donor dollars to good use to create, implement, and manage housing and support programs that sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues, throughout BC’s lower mainland. 

Rachel Plamondon-Assu and Iesha Henderson have been blazing the trail of peer and harm reduction work all throughout the lower mainland in British Columbia. Creating safe inclusive space for PWLE to work and be in community  is something that both Rachel and Iesha are super passionate about. 

Harm reduction really equals “meeting folks where they are truly at” and guiding the organization  and teams they work with around best practices and policies is a priority for them both.  

Toward The Heart - Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project


Kurt Lock is an operations coordinator and stakeholder engagement lead for the harm reduction program at the BCCDC.  Kurt has a long history of working closely and collectively with PWUD in British Columbia to advance the accessibility of harm reduction.


Charlene Burmeister  is the acting PWLLE stakeholder engagement lead for the BCCDC, the lead of the PEEP Advisory Committee, Executive Director of the Coalition of Substance Users of the North, and a board member of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Charlene has years of experience in representing the interests of PWLLE in the policy making arena, bringing an understanding of how systems affecting the lives of PWLLE work and how to engage with those systems to achieve effective change for PWUDs.


Peer 2 Peer


Tracy Scott is a Peer Advisor with the Peer2Peer project and a first responding street outreach worker with Rain City Housing. Tracy is also the co-chair of the Ridge Meadows Overdose Community Action Team, a member of the Community Action Initiatives Overdose Prevention and Education Network (OPEN), the co-founding President and Director of the Maple Ridge Street Outreach Society (MRSOS) as well as a member of Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH).