We’re very excited as we prepare for our annual Last Door Family Fun Day on July 15th.  100′s of family members, alumni and current residents will be attending this year’s full day of activities for all ages at Boundary Bay Beach. Have you RSVP’d?  Call us today at 604-525-9771.

As well we are testing a Pilot Project to a 30 bed private lodge on a beautiful BC Lake.  The experiment is to review the effectiveness of integrating a retreat component (3 – 20 days) into our regular intense recovery programs.  Our goal is to provide treatment services for our clients outside of the hustle and bustle of our main 100 bed facility in New Westminster.

Clients are participating in organic holistic healing with the help of BC’s famed nature while working on their Last Door written exercises and preparing themselves to return back to work or school.

Family Members of Clients have also attended these pilot retreats so they can build new memories with their loved ones as the recovery journey begins. Two weeks ago clients did a father’s day retreat as dads and son’s reconnected. Stay tuned to future newsletters as this part of our program gets fine tuned and grows.

At last summer has arrived in Vancouver and we wish everyone a safe, sunny and hot summer season.

Best regards from the Last Door Family!


Last Door Client Private Retreat Pilot Project
Penny Drive

VON Executive Director Linda Lane and Last Door Program Coordinator Nick Ringma

Donate your pennies to support Last Door’s Family Program and

VON’s Vial of Life Program

“Make Sense of your Cents”
from May 1st, 2012 to May 1st, 2013


LAST DOOR 323 8th street New Westminster, BC
VON 9912 Lougheed Hwy Burnaby, BC

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call us

Penny Project Hotline

As pennies disappear “Make sense of your cents” and donate to help Vancouver area youth and adults coping with alcohol and drug addiction and assist first responders at the scene of an emergency.


Alumni of the Month, Brendan W


My life before recovery and Last Door was a nightmare; since I was 14 I lived as the epitome of an addict. I was a person who lived only to use, a compulsive liar and a thief. I can sum up the life experience I gained in my years in active addiction as that of a career criminal and a hopeless addict. Then, at one of many bottoms, scraping along looking for the next place to start digging deeper or die, I found light. I was introduced to the Last Door Recovery Society in New West.


I left Calgary Alberta and went to BC for treatment.  From my first day at Last Door, my life suddenly changed. For the first time I could remember I felt acceptance and love. For the longest time I had escaped feelings and left responsibility in my life by the wayside. The bond I felt at Last Door was so strong I knew I could change my life for the better. I put down my lies, deceit and self hate. I gave the program of recovery a chance and my life took off in leaps and bounds. I gained the ability to live with dignity and respect. I gained family. I gained a sense of belonging and friendship with an entire community the day I stepped in the door and have felt it ever since.


I spent 4 months at Last Door and then returned back to Calgary to go back to work and build new memories with my family.  My life after treatment at Last Door has been challenging and wonderful.  It continues to grow positively every day.  I have a program I follow as well as a recovery community in my life today. I do service, give back, sponsor and share my experience, strength and hope — so others may see that this program really does work. Today I came from Calgary back to Last Door and I am staying in a Family Suite with my Dad, Girlfriend and baby girl – I’m here to go to group and read my one year letter and to celebrate my first year clean with my family beside me. I wouldn’t want my life to be any other way. I have Last Door to thank and I am forever grateful.


Brendan W
Clean Date: June 25th, 2012