On June 17, Renascent named the recipients of its 2021 Yielding Family Legacy Recovery Awards – T.P. Sheehan, Sullivan Treatment Centre, Volunteer; and Cynthia Langill, Graham Munro Treatment Centre, Addictions Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist. The award winners were announced during Renascent’s annual Guardian Angel donor recognition event, which was held virtually for the second year.
The Yielding Family Legacy Recovery Award is given annually to two recipients who have made a tremendous impact at Renascent and in the recovery community. The awards are in honour of Dr. Ed Yielding, former Medical Director at Renascent, and his wife Bobby, who was also his assistant.
In 2021, the Award was renamed from the Dr. Ed and Bobby Yielding Award to the Yielding Family Legacy Recovery Award, after Linda Yielding – the couple’s daughter who was also a tireless advocate for recovery and a Renascent supporter – passed away.
“We are so very grateful to T.P. and Cynthia for their ongoing dedication to both Renascent and the recovery community,” said Laura Bhoi, CEO, Renascent. “Both recipients have gone above and beyond in choosing to be of service and passionately supporting people who are on their road to recovery.”
Cynthia – who has been a Renascent employee for over nine years – has supported the recovery of many women through inpatient treatment and has played an integral role in several fundraising initiatives, including Renascent Laughs and the Toronto Novel Marathon. Both events, have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Renascent since their inception.
“I am truly honoured and amazed to be named a recipient of the Yielding Family Award,” said Cynthia. “I love what Renascent stands for. I am passionate about working in this field and giving back to those who need help along their road to recovery,” adds Cynthia.
T.P. has volunteered at Renascent since 2018. Initially, at Renascent’s Punanai and Sullivan Treatment Centres, but now after pursuing studies in the field of addictions, T.P. volunteers leading group sessions and supporting the journey of men in recovery at Sullivan only.
“As someone who is in also in recovery, volunteering at Renascent has great meaning to me,” said T.P. “I am so humbled by this recognition and remain grateful that I am able to use my skills, talents and life experience to support others who are living with addiction.”
This year’s Guardian Angel event included a special tribute to Linda Yielding and guests heard the life-changing stories of Renascent Alumni Matt, Jennifer and Corey.
Renascent’s Guardian Angels are monthly or annual donors whose contributions help bridge the cost of treatment for those who receive care through our government-funded option. Their contributions ensure that cost is never a barrier in accessing essential addiction treatment.
Passionate about fundraising, Cynthia has her sights set on supporting Renascent’s upcoming fundraising events. “Without the donors we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We’ve been able to impact so many families over the last 50 years,” she said. “All of the lives we change have a ripple effect in the world. I think donating to Renascent, if you have the capacity in any way, benefits one of the greatest causes.”