The UBC Student Recovery Community (SRC) is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for students who are in recovery or curious to explore their relationship with alcohol, drugs, and/or addictive behaviours, including disordered eating, gaming, gambling, pornography, and more.
The SRC’s peer support, evidence-based model is designed to empower students with lived experience to support one another on their chosen recovery pathway. The community supports all pathways of recovery—from harm reduction to abstinence, and everything in between.
About the founder
Sara Fudjack (she/her) is a registered clinical social worker with over 15 years’ experience working alongside folks navigating addiction, mental illness, and recovery. She is a queer white settler of mixed European heritage, and the founder of Canada’s first Student Recovery Community here at UBC.
As a person with lived experience of addiction and recovery, access to a spectrum of harm reduction and recovery resources not only saved Sara’s life but helped her to eventually thrive. It was not until after completing both an undergraduate and master’s degree that Sara had access to these resources, and this is part of what inspired her to create the UBC SRC—so that students in recovery or curious to explore their relationship with drugs, alcohol, and/or addictive behaviours will not have to feel so alone and can begin thriving in the here and now.
A doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work, Sara’s research takes a collaborative, socio-intersectional approach to investigating the impact of, and how to address, stigma within post-secondary settings toward students navigating addiction and recovery.