September 4, 2019

David Lewry

David has been a social worker since 1999. He began his career managing a homeless shelter for families, “Inn From the Cold” in Calgary. Once he sobered up, his career began taking a different pathway into addiction and mental illness. He went to work for Fresh Start Recovery Center, as a counselor and group facilitator in 2011.

By January of 2012, he had finished his group treatment workshop curriculum and began offering a Pathway to Freedom for anyone who needed help. This group workshop outlines different strategies for understanding and recovering from chemical and non-chemical dependency. He made the program free for everyone and it remains free for participants today.

Over the course of six years, with the much-needed help of three main stakeholders, the charity he now manages, Freedom’s Path Recovery Society was created. As well as managing the charity, David is a volunteer chaplain with the Calgary Police Service; as a chaplain.

He wanted to volunteer as a chaplain because of his belief in the members, both sworn and civilian. Their charge is not only important, but essential. His understanding of the complex nature of being a first responder grows each day. It is a great honor for him to be a part of The Calgary Police Service family.