Daniel Marks

June 12, 2017

‘I belong to a community of acceptance and caring and love’

Daniel Marks believes every individual as unique. And that approach fits in well with the Phoenix recovery philosophy. “We don’t typecast anyone,” he says. “Everybody is different and they don’t have to recover in exactly the same way.”

At Phoenix, Dan manages 19 people, and he describes his team of people as “highly effective, educated and committed.” He’s particularly proud of the recent opening of a new woman’s program. “We’re breaking into areas that are currently underserved,” he says, mentioning that youth offer another demographic that could use more support.

“We’re providing one of the top-of-the-line types of treatment to people facing substance abuse,” he says. “I also have a lot of fun with the clients and the people I work with. I belong to a community of acceptance and caring and love.”

Although he doesn’t get to work directly with residents so much now that he’s a manager, he still appreciates the chance to interact with others. “I love what I do,” he says. “I love working with people.”

In fact, he loves it so much that he’s prepared to say he wants to work in the field of recovery for the rest of his life. “I’ve found my calling, and I’ve found my people,” he says. “I can see doing this until the end of my career.”

Although he’s relatively new to Phoenix, Dan feels pumped by the positive energy of the organization. He appreciates that the model is strengths-based — focusing on what people are good at — and he likes the community spirit of the place.

His own experience with recovery — he just celebrated his 15th anniversary — makes him more empathetic and understanding, he says. But he also credits his training with giving him the knowledge to do the job. A recent graduate of Royal Roads University, with a Masters in Leadership, he earlier received international certification in addictions counselling.

“Going into recovery doesn’t have to be an experience of pain and suffering,” he says. “There is support and there are people who care. This isn’t something you have to do alone.”