WHO WE ARE
We are committed to our core values of Compassion, Respect, and Integrity. We practice these values every day as we engage with people at the U-Turn Centre, supporting them as they take steps towards recovery.
Jeff was hired as the Executive Director of the U-Turn Drop-in Centre in 2015. His work with U-Turn is supplemented with years of lived experience with addiction and recovery. He is a strong advocate for those who struggle with mental health and addiction issues, he continually lobbies government for better services in these areas and is often in the local media speaking on these issues. Jeff co-founded the U-Turn Drop-in Centre, is co-founder of Open Door Ministries Carbonear where he serves as a director, and serves on a number of boards and committees. Jeff has a certificate in Addiction Studies from Mount Royal University, a diploma in Ministry and Theological Studies from Queen’s College, and a number of other certificates that contribute to his work at U-Turn. In 2016, he was awarded the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) President’s Award. In 2017, he received The Queen’s College Alumni/ae Association Award for outstanding graduate in the Diploma in Theology and Ministry Program, and in 2012, along with his wife Tammy, Jeff was awarded Victoria Citizen of the Year. He actively volunteers with the 2615 Victoria Army Cadets as a band instructor which enables him to spend time with his daughter, Laura, and contribute to his community.
Volunteer Peer Support
Tammy is a co-founder of the U-Turn Drop-in Centre and volunteers her time at U-Turn as Peer Support Lead. She has lived experience being married to an active addict who is now in recovery and has a passion for helping people seeking recovery from addiction. Tammy has a diploma in Computer Studies and Accounting, a certificate in Mental Health First Aid and a number of certificates in self-care. She has worked in various industries including banking and sales and managed operations within a number of departments for a large cargo company. In 2012, along with her husband Jeff, she was awarded Victoria Citizen of the year. Tammy enjoys painting beautiful scenery and spending quality time with her family.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Dr. Curt Clark
Rev. Dr. Curt Clark works for Eastern Health as Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Ethics (Rural Avalon) and Pastoral Care Clinician-Mental Health and Addictions. He was the Provincial Coordinator for Pastoral/Spiritual Care with the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Board Association. Curt has been a minister with the Presbyterian Church USA and is currently a pastor with the Association of Vineyard Churches Canada. He has also worked as a drug and alcohol therapist in a hospital based rehab in the USA. Curt earned a BA Psychology from West Chester University, a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Betty Reid-White is a registered nurse with an extensive and progressive career in health care. She has worked at both front-line and senior management levels and has been involved with various provincial and national committee work. Her work with U-Turn is supplemented by the fact that she has ten years experience in counseling youth with mental health and substance abuse issues. As a former Director with Eastern Health, she also held responsibility for the Mental Health and Addictions program within Rural Avalon. In addition to her diploma as a Registered Nurse, Betty holds a Bachelor of Vocational Education degree and a Masters of Science Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion. She also has a Nursing Unit Management Certificate from the Canadian Hospital Association and a Fellowship from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has an active license with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador and is currently working part-time as an instructor at a post-secondary college.
Tracey Sharpe-Smith is a Regional Addictions Prevention Consultant with Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Tracey has worked in various capacities within Mental Health and Addictions including Addictions Coordinator, Intake Coordinator and Addictions Counsellor over the past ten years. Tracey received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and where her interest in the Addictions Field was fostered.
Robert Tetford, Jr.
Bob Tetford has worked as the owner/manager of Restwell Mattresses since graduating MUN in 1998 with a Bachelor of Commerce (co-op). He has served on the national and provincial boards of directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and believes strongly in local projects and products. His volunteer work includes working with people suffering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction, and actively serves on his local fire department as a certified Level 2 firefighter. Bob is an avid guitar player and loves to travel.
Following a church service at Victoria United Church in 2006, Jeff Bourne, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, approached the pastor and challenged him to not only talk about addiction related issues, but to do something about them. This challenge led to a partnership and a commitment between Jeff and his pastor, Jesse Bown, to explore what could be done in the Trinity-Conception area in the face of a growing drug problem. It was soon realized that a missing piece in the healing process was a place to provide support to the addicted and their families while on the road to recovery. To have such a facility operating in Trinity-Conception was Jeff’s dream from the outset. It was during this time that the Rev. Dr. Curt Clarke, the director of pastoral care and ethics in rural Avalon, became involved in the process.
It was through Curt’s desire to see this project succeed and his ability to connect other people to the dream, that the Community Awareness Addiction Group (CAAG) was formed. CAAG has a number of members with representation from the areas of addiction, mental health, criminal justice, clergy, recovering addicts, community members, social work and research. Through the CAAG’s efforts and with the continued support over the past six years from the Hon. Jerome Kennedy, a proposal was accepted by his office in 2011 to grant funding to open the U-Turn Drop-In Centre. Today, U-Turn is an active, thriving centre and living up to the dream of being a place where hope, healing and recovery are found.