Dauphin, Canada

Bev Harvey, also known as Bright Star Medicine Cloud Woman, from Dauphin, is receiving a very special recognition today in Winnipeg.

She is receiving the Helping Hands Hope Award, from the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, for her efforts in helping people in the Parkland area, with their personal journeys in recovery and healing.

Harvey talks about why she helps others:

“It’s when I see the smiles and the nods of appreciation, then see them down the road and they come and tell me, ‘thank you for speaking, it really helped me.’  To be able to share my story honestly and openly has helped people a great deal and it gives me great pleasure.”

She has survived substance abuse, sexual trauma, the residential school system, being arrested, suicidal feelings, and self-harming, and has been a beacon of hope for others.