June Ariano-Jakes is the mother of five adult children, and the grandmother of six. Born and raised in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, she and her family relocated to British Columbia, Canada in the summer of 1988.
June has volunteered more than 15,000 hours assisting those who live in poverty and homelessness, and who struggle with severe alcoholism, hard-core drug addiction, and brain-related illness. She is a fierce and loyal advocate for those suffering, and is well-respected among her peers and those she serves.
Once addiction grabbed hold of her son Nathan, June became relentless in her efforts to understand and educate herself in all areas of addiction, searching for answers to help her son battle what would become a 23-year heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and crystal meth addiction.
June is a much sought after speaker and educator in the field of addiction, and has given over 300 presentations on Addiction, Homelessness, and Gang Violence in secondary schools throughout the province, at colleges and universities, detox centres, recovery and treatment programs, parent support groups, jails, churches, union meetings and service clubs.
Available for speaking engagements and panel discussions on the effects of addiction within a family, she would be honored and privileged to be invited to your group or organization.
To book a presentation please contact June via the user-friendly “Contact June” page on this website