CDI College Honours Local Leader by Creating $3,000 Ian Rabb Scholarship

WINNIPEG, Nov. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - CDI College honours one of its local leaders in the addiction treatment community by creating the Ian Rabb Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is applicable to all students who enroll the Addictions & Community Services Worker program at the Winnipeg campus.

Ian Rabb is an international speaker, who specializes in topics such as substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. This year, he was recognized by Our Manitoba Heroes for his outstanding achievements within the community. He has also been nominated for several awards including the Scotiabank Game Changers and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He serves as a Voices Forum Chair and was appointed to the Provincial Meth Task Force and the Board of End Homelessness Winnipeg, to name a few.

For those who have not experienced addiction, it can be difficult to put yourself in their shoes. Rabb's teams at both Two Ten Recovery and Aurora Recover Centre comprise of support workers who share the same experiences as those seeking help. In this reincarnation, former addicts have the opportunity to give back to the community as well as demonstrate to those that are recovering that they too can become a positive change.

In this new collaboration, CDI College hopes that the Ian Rabb Scholarship will help to bring more awareness to addictions and recovery as well as create more educational opportunities within the community.

"I'm a huge proponent of education," says Rabb. "Education with experience is the most important. In my sober living houses, I use all staff that are experiential, so they have all been through addiction and have recovered from it. That experiential staff is really important. Experience with education is even better."

"We are honoured and thrilled to work with Ian Rabb on this project. We are seeking to encourage and support the training of qualified addictions workers in our community while recognizing one of our pioneer heroes, who has been an inspiration and a progressive role model," says Shelli Misselbrook, Campus Director of CDI College's Winnipeg campus.

CDI College's Addictions & Community Services Worker program offers balanced training, which includes classroom theory and practicum placements. Graduates of the program meet the formal training component of the internationally recognized Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) certification exam from the Canadian Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Counsellors. The program is currently accepting applications.

About CDI College
For more than 45 years, CDI College has been a leading career training institution helping thousands of students achieve career goals and aspirations. With 24 campuses across Canada, CDI College offers hands-on training from experienced instructors in a wide range of business, technology, healthcare, early childhood education, art and design, legal studies, and trades programs. CDI College's practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to enter the working world with the skills they need to succeed.


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