Theo Fleury to connect with youth at risk

Former NHL great Theo Fleury will be doing double duty when he visits Prince George next month.

Not only will he be the keynote speaker at the UNBC Timberwolves Legacy Breakfast on the morning of Feb. 7 but he will make an appearance the evening before, Feb. 6, at College of New Caledonia.

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That's where he will speak to aboriginal youth - and the community at large - about building confidence for those facing addiction, disability or mental illness. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place at CNC.

During his time as a hockey player, Fleury struggled with addiction and eventually left the sport. He went on to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a former coach.

Fleury, who is of Metis descent, has since become an advocate for sexual abuse victims and developed a career as a public speaker.

"This is a special event for at-risk aboriginal youth and the community," said Darlene McIntosh, cultural advisor at CNC's Aboriginal Resource Centre. "If your community is looking to be healthy and whole, you need to hear stories of success. Hearing, 'Yes you can do this!' from someone who has faced significant challenges and abuse means a lot."

Tickets for the Timberwolves Legacy Breakfast, meanwhile, are $85 for an individual seat, or $650 for a table of eight. The breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

For more information, or to register for the breakfast, visit the website at unbc.ca/timberwolves/legacy-breakfast.

For the third consecutive year, Canadian Tire will be the presenting sponsor.

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