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I do not yet consider myself an author. My brother and I grew up in Red Deer and I have spent many years in Sylvan Lake, raising my own two sons while building a successful beauty business selling to retailers across Canada. In 2016, I challenged myself once again, stepping outside my comfort zone and all I have known for 20 years, selling the business to follow my heart and move onto the next “chapter” of my life.

I am a wife, mom, cousin, niece, aunt, friend, neighbor… I am just like you. But what most do not realize is that I was hiding a painful secret, I am also the sister to an Alcoholic.

My memoir, The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction and How I Broke Free was just released last week. I am proud and humbled as it instantly hit #1 best seller on Amazon. This is unlike other stories of its kind. While most are written by the addict, with a happy ending chronicling just a few years, I share the whole story-beginning with a violent childhood that changed two children forever and perhaps set the stage for what was to come. A unique, nothing is off limits, account from a loving sister intertwined with the addicts much different version. A promise made to my dying brother, Brett Tisdale, to tell his story and the heartbreaking reality, that due to late stage alcoholism, he didn’t believe he was dying. My love for him, and his dependence on me would last us a lifetime and almost destroy us both.

Written with extreme candor, and no shame, I hope to help other families, giving them knowledge and encouraging them ALL to get the help they need. This is what is happening behind closed doors, around the world, and yes, even in our own small cities and towns. We need to be brave and bold, making a difference and starting the conversation in families and the community.

There are over 250 million people worldwide that are struggling with Alcoholism. In fact, it isn’t even called Alcoholism anymore, but rather substance use disorder, as that sounds more caring and compassionate. Whatever we call it, it is not shameful or in anyway a character flaw-and those startling statistics translate into over 1 billion friends and family that are affected.

What I know now is that I am not alone. Alone. It is what I felt for so long. It is how I believe my brother felt.

To learn more or buy a copy of The Sun is Gone visit
Or email jodee at: [email protected]

Author of the powerful memoir The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame and Addiction and How I Broke Free. Outspoken advocate to help eliminate the shame + stigma surrounding Addiction + Mental Health. Visit or follow on instagram @jodeeprouse

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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Last Day: What would you do with $20,000 Early Bird Prize?

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