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46 years old
Orillia, Ontario
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Have you ever felt lost and lonely and became your own worst enemy? Well, I have and here a brief story of what my book is all about:

While growing up in Clarkson, Mississauga, Ontario. I had chosen to walk along the wrong road at an early age and became an alcoholic and drug addict. While on this self-destructive road, I ended up in many jails.

I lived on the streets in Mississauga, Brampton for almost seven years; feeling lost in my own skin and thinking there wasn’t anyone out there that could help me. I think I finally had enough and became emotionally numb (couldn’t identify my emotions.) I wore out my welcome with most of the people that I knew. One day I called the Withdrawal Management Center (detox) in Brampton, to see if I could get help. I really wanted it this time.

While in detox I asked them to help me get clean and sober. I was accepted to a treatment center, and spent three and a half months there learning how to live with the community. I really enjoyed the learning process that not only kept me sober and clean but also allowed to me return to school to get my Grade 12 diploma. I now have a diploma in Drug and Alcohol counselling, and one as a Social Service worker and am currently in Lakehead University working towards my bachelor of social work degree.

Through many struggles today I am just over 5 years clean and sober. I can say that this road was the hardest road I have ever been on until I learned to stop fighting it and learned to see the gifts of sobriety that I have been blessed with.

Today I have many successes and awards through school and the community, e.g. Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Awards for Students, Nominated for the "Order of Orillia Award”, and I was the first student in Georgian College, and Lakehead University history to ever established a financial award in my own name while still in studies.

Today my goal is to give back to the community and help someone that can’t help themselves. This is why I wrote this book, hoping to reach out to those that need it. I feel sharing my struggles and hopes can help another person from going down the wrong road as I have.

Included are 12 testimonials from people who know me and tell it as it was; from a sergeant of the Halton Regional Police station, a jail guard, my former probation officer, counsellors, both parents, son, and a few ex-girlfriends etc...

I have been interviewed on:

Inspirational Transformational TV Show

Rogers TV (Catching up with Kelly)

Rogers TV (Barrie Daytime)


Robert Moore

Author of There’s Moore to Life

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Reply Robert Moore
6:08 PM on October 31, 2011 
Bill, I am not sure if you remember me. I was the guy from Georgian College that did my placement at the Orillia and District Literacy Council last year.
Reply W. J. (Bill) Pretty
5:51 PM on October 31, 2011 
I am glad to make your aquaintance. Your story is very worthwhile. I have been volunteering at the Orillia Literacy Council for about 20 years and have come across a few people who have similar but different stories. Being illiterate sometimes causes people (particularly males) to do many things to make up for their lack of self worth. Welcome, indeed!
Reply Joan Daulby
3:28 PM on September 19, 2011 
Welcome to our web site. Please check out our groups meeting time and place noted on our Home Page and in the Calendar section of this site.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

Regards, Joan