OTTAWA – Last week, Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for SDSG counties gathered with friends and colleagues in the Commonwealth Room in Centre Block of the House of the Commons to share some insight into his autobiography From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker. Guy was happy to welcome MP’s, Senators and Staff members of all political stripes.
The story sheds light on Guy’s personal life and struggles with alcohol addiction. Making his way from an alcoholic, high school dropout to one of the longest serving Members of Parliament in Conservative Party, Guy is hoping that his story will act as a beacon of hope for everyone who is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, or any other drug, and helping them to realize that they are not alone and that their addiction can be overcome.
“The reaction to my book from people all across our riding has been truly moving and heart-warming”, stated MP Lauzon. “I initially said that if I was able to reach just one person than this endeavor would be well worth it. Well, I’m thrilled to say we’ve sold over 600 books so far!”
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre at the Cornwall Community Hospital.
“Last year, 77,000 hospital admissions in Canada were directly related to alcohol use,” says Christine Penney, Vice President of Community Programs at Cornwall Hospital. “Guy’s journey shows Canadians that people do get better with the right treatment and go on to live productive and happy lives.”
“Kudos to Guy for recognizing how important it is to get our community talking about addiction to
alcohol,” adds Penney. “I am here to assure you that your Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre is equipped to help. We are not only committed to excellence in patient care, we are hard at work on new ways to extend support to family caregivers, because alcohol addiction affects the whole family.”
“I also want to express our gratitude,” says Penney. “Our community has pledged to earn $1-million to fund the construction of our new addiction and mental health treatment centre. It is people like Guy in Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne that are getting us there by making donations to our hospital foundation.”
As of today, the Cornwall Hospital Foundation is two-thirds of the way to reaching its $1-million funding target. Find us online to make a donation at www.cornwallhospitalfoundation.ca
Copies of the book are available at local retailers, such as Coles and Baxtrom’s Independent Grocer and are also available online at Amazon.ca