Born in Oxbow this not very big man at some point of his life was an NHL Stanley Cup champion. Ten years ago he published a book about his history of sexual abuse, which later helped him become an expert in the field of relational trauma. Shortly after he realized that helping others to deal with trauma and heal was much more important for him than anything before.
On Thursday Theoren Fleury was joined by a crowd of about 300 people that was celebrating Envision Counselling and Support Centre’s 25 years in the community. Envision’s silver anniversary luncheon was held at the Power Dodge Curling Centre.
Fleury took guests on an emotional trip, uncovering his personal story and experience of abuse and healing. As he was talking about trauma, forgiveness and hope guests would stand still in silence and some had tears in their eyes. And then Fleury would make the audience laugh, as he entwined some jokes making his speech very informal and touching. As he was guiding the crowd through his life path of trauma, healing and recovery, a lot of people would reflect on their own past. The silence that grew in the building as he was talking, according to Fleury, was a sign that safe space was created in the audience.
His passion for helping others strongly resonated with Envision’s dedication to the communities they serve and a lot of his activities in this field are compliant with Envision's work.
The next edition of the Mercury will have more on the story.