Janet Christie Bio

Janet Christie, CPRC

Janet Christie is a Certified Professional Recovery coach, has over 25 years personal experience in recovery from multiple addictions, and more than a decade of experience as an advisor and stakeholder on a number of Greater Victoria women’s initiatives around substance misuse, including the development of the innovative HerWay Home program for pregnant and new mothers with substance-use issues. Mothers and pregnant women addicted to substances are among the most shamed and stigmatized women in our society, and Janet has focused much of her work in that complex area. Janet was involved in the development of the ground-breaking BC project that created the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Key Worker program. She also conceptualized and co-facilitated the Moms Mentoring Moms program for impoverished mothers on income assistance who are under the scrutiny of the child protection system and at risk of losing their children to state care. Janet has given keynote presentations and workshops at international conferences, seminars and symposiums on topics including the prevention of FASD and women’s addiction and stigma. She has regularly been featured in Canadian media talking about her own painful past involving prenatal and maternal alcohol use. She’s a sought-after speaker who brings an uplifting message of hope for overcoming life’s challenges with grace and dignity. Over the past decade, Janet has been an advisor on several addiction research studies focused on issues such as the prevention of FASD; women’s misuse of substances including prescription opioid medication; and the exploration of gender-based differences with a focus on intersections of violence, trauma, and mental health.

Janet’s story has been featured in the Knowledge Network When the Children Grow Up documentary, and published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, and Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston.

Janet has a dual certification for Professional Recovery Coaches at Fowler International Academy of Coaching Professionals and the Institute of the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC). IAPRC is a division of the NET Institute Centre for Addiction and Recovery Education and is aligned with the definitions and competencies of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).