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Homeless. Penniless. Addicted to heroine. No real hope. That was Joe Robert's reality in the late eighties and early nineties. Joe was living, if you can call it that, in Vancouver's downtown eastside also known as "Canada's poorest postal code." The area is characterized by poverty, drug use, sex trade, crime, violence and community activism. If you’re in that circle, Joe has been quoted as saying, “There’s a certain acceptance of doom and hopelessness."

A turning point for Joe came in 1991 with an attempted suicide. The police officer called to the scene treated him like a human being who was sick, rather than a criminal with a gun. After several attempts at drug treatment, he made progress at a residential "detox" program in Belleville. He stayed several months beyond the program’s duration to ensure he was on solid footing before moving on.

Joe took a high school equivalency test and then entered community college taking marketing and business. After graduating on the dean's honour list, he took a number of jobs related to his studies. He made his way back to Vancouver working in sales. Eventually he followed an entrepreneurial track, going into a business partnership and creating a company for multimedia and web design services. He held the title of CEO and President in 1999, less than ten years after his pivotal suicide attempt.

In 2011, he became Executive Director of The Push for Change – a charitable organization whose mission is to support the end of youth homelessness in Canada. Joe is the recipient of many awards, including Maclean’s Magazine’s Canadian Honor Roll, the 2003 Courage to Come Back Award in British Columbia, and Canada’s Top 45 Over 45 from Zoomer. Now commonly known as "The Skidrow CEO" he spends his time as an international motivational speaker and is the author of, "7 Secrets to Profit from Adversity ."

We’re thrilled to have Joe Roberts as our keynote speaker for the 2015 Fall Banquet and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 5th at the London Convention Centre. Joe will share his story of transformation, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Quintin Warner House - a branch of Mission Services of London for residential addiction treatment. All proceeds from this event will support client needs at Quintin Warner House.

Tickets for this amazing event can be purchased by calling 519-433-2807 ext. 106 or buy tickets online here. Please note that our Early Bird nice price ends Oct. 1st. Watch Joe Robert's short video message about the Fall Banquet.

Learn more about Joe Roberts.