Guy Felicella

March 7, 2022

Harm Reduction Advocate

Guy Felicella faced trauma and an undiagnosed learning disability at a young age. He developed anxiety and depression and didn’t have the proper support to navigate these challenges alone. He started coping with his emotional pain with drugs and alcohol at only 12 years old which escalated into a substance use disorder that left him residing in the Downtown Eastside for 20 years. Guy faced additional trauma through a life of homelessness, institutions, gangs, severe health conditions that nearly took his leg and multiple overdoses. Today Guy has 9 years of recovery and uses his career and platform to advocate for trauma therapy, harm reduction, quicker access to treatment and changed drug policy. Guy is an inspiration to many and a fierce advocate for those needing a voice.