THUNDER BAY – Jay Barnard, Chef Recovery, will be speaking at The Salvation Army Journey to Life Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, at the Valhalla Inn Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m.
Kenora native, Jay Barnard dealt with addiction issues by the age of 10 and was a full blown addict at 18. His life spiralled down to the point of imprisonment eight years later. Things turned began to turn around when he discovered a passion for cooking. He enrolled in a cooking program and decided to get clean. Jay checked into The Salvation Army’s Addiction Recovery Program in Ottawa and has been clean since 2008. He now runs a catering company and has launched his successful food line – Walleye Wings – and is a husband and dad. Jay, Chef Recovery, will share his inspirational story of recovery and living his dream. He has also committed to helping others experience recovery to live their dream.
The Salvation Army in Thunder Bay is developing a new strategic vision with programs designed to help people like Jay journey to a new life. It is an holistic approach that will address all the barriers that prevent them from finding fulfilment and living to their full potential. The men in the program will learn living and life skills, upgrade their education, develop job skills including how to keep a job, and they will learn to live successfully in their own home.
The Salvation Army Journey to Life Dinner supports the work of The Salvation Army in Thunder Bay. This year marks the 100th year that The Salvation Army has been helping people in Thunder Bay who are struggling to live. From simply providing a meal or a bed for the night to supporting people as they walk through their daily lives, The Salvation Army is there making a difference and Giving Hope.