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We are just weeks away from going live with tickets and full details about IMAGINATE 2020, but we are offering a peek behind the scenes so you can hold the date. Featuring prominent social justice leaders, artists and musicians, IMAGINATE will combine workshops, short talks, film and music to explore urgent social issues while informing, entertaining and motivating.

This year's lineup of presenters is shaping up to be very exciting with a diversity of voices, this time spread over two days, at Cobourg's Victoria Hall. The Evening of Possibility is set for Thursday, April 16 and the One-Day Conference will be on the following day, Friday, April 17.

Three names to start the list of presenters at IMAGINATE 2020:

Alysha Brilla is a Juno Award-Nominated singer, music producer and songwriter known for encouraging and promoting the voices of youth and young women across the world for their valuable perspectives on environment and social awareness.

Senator Kim Pate is a nationally renowned advocate, working on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated, and for her research on women in the criminal justice system.

Christian Harvey, a perennial favourite of IMAGINATE audiences and Director of Peterborough's Warming Room and One Roof, returns as our Stage Host.

We appreciate the support of Northumberland United Way ​for IMAGINATE 2020.

The Coldest Night of the Year ​is set for Saturday, February 22 in Port Hope.

​CNOY is a family-friendly national walk-a-thon that helps people like you raise funds for charities, like Green Wood Coalition, that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people right here in Northumberland, ​and in 136 communities across Canada.

Just follow this link to learn more, register to walk, and see how easy it is to support Green Wood Coalition through CNOY

I come from a broken family, father and mother both alcoholics. My stepmother was an ex-prostitute, so I grew up with drugs, alcohol everywhere. I started smoking pot when I was 11, and by the time I was 15, I was smoking crack. As a kid, it was an easy way to cope with all of the stuff that was messing me up, to hide from that pain and not have to deal with it. I met Nicole, from Green Wood Coalition, about six months ago when I was living at a shelter. She really helped me with my addiction. I was on the street for about a year-and-a-half, and I was at the stage where I wanted to quit, but not succeeding because the support wasn’t there. Once you're an addict, you're an addict. And it’s just being conscious about that that keeps me sober and having the support group I have now. With Green Wood I have a network of people that are there with positive reinforcement and support. You’re not just a number or a case, you’re a person. It’s really a friendship you're building, relationships that I know will last. I want to get my diploma in mental health and addiction, then my undergrad and Masters. Green Wood staff have reignited that fire in me. ​With recovery from addiction, there’s a very fine line and a very small window of opportunity. If there’s not someone there, right at that moment when you say, “okay, I’ve had enough, I don't want this life anymore,” you could lose them forever. Because there may not be another chance that they’ll be ready to say “I’ve had enough”.

John Dudley completed his high school upgrading while living at Transition House in Cobourg. He enters college this January to pursue his dream. ​[Green Wood Coalition appreciates the financial support of Northumberland United Way for our addiction recovery work this year]

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