The BC Civil Liberties Association is awarding Sarah Blyth and the Overdose Prevention Society for their courage to help save lives.
Blyth, who has been at the forefront of the crisis, hopes the award will bring the issue to the spotlight as May 9 approaches.
“I think people forget when they’re out campaigning that you know this is probably the biggest issue that we’ve had in a really long time in B.C. There are four people dying a day. So it’s really important to let the leaders know. So if it brings attention to that, then that’s great.”
What began as a pop-up tent with one Narcan kit and one volunteer in September, has now turned into a six-person operation that receives about 500 people every day.
Although the site faced controversy, Blyth says they were forced to act.
“We’re not anything official, we are just people saving lives that care about the community members and that’s all we’re here to do. It’s not something we want to do, it’s not something that we hope is long-term.”
She says the recognition helps motivate volunteers who face highly stressful situations every day.