The Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island announced today that Theo Fleury will be the guest speaker at their Spring Fundraising Dinner on May 18th in Charlottetown.
Fleury has many notable accomplishments including NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and World Cup Junior Champion. However, what made him the top recruit for the keynote address at the dinner wasn’t necessarily his many athletic accomplishments – it was his advocacy and leadership on issues like mental health, addictions, sexual assault and sexual violence; all issues that the PC Party continues to champion here on Prince Edward Island.
Fleury is often most widely known for his time on the ice, but off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours. Today, he is a survivor to many traumatic incidents that he recounts in his best-selling novels Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake. Fleury now focuses his time and energy on awareness, advocacy and motivating others to join him down a path of healing and recovery.
PC Leader James Aylward welcomes Fleury as the guest speaker and believes he will leave a lasting impression on everyone in attendance, “For years now our Caucus has been vocal about the same issues that Theo speaks so candidly about. We will not stand by and let vulnerable Islanders continue to fall through the cracks in the system. Like Theo, we want to turn our words into action as he has done and continue to help these Islanders to heal and recover in a safe environment here on Prince Edward Island.”
Fleury looks forward to speaking candidly on May 18th about how each and every Islander has a role to play in making changes in our society. “I look forward to speaking at the annual fundraising event in Charlottetown on May 18th; I want to show Islanders that with the proper support, a victim can become a survivor just like I did,” says Fleury.