Winning by beating addiction

Anthony Schroeder wins this year's prestigious Starfish Award

Anthony Schroeder

By Lawrence Loiseau

Anthony Schroeder was 2016’s Courageous Starfish winner with the Psalm 23 Transition Society on Nov. 5.

Since completing the program, Schroeder has been sober for five years. He’s working again – he is a carpenter by trade – and is now reunited with his family.

Schroeder and his girlfriend live in Abbotsford and have recently bought a house together in Langley.

Schroeder attended the transition house at 59 Mile from August 2012 to February 2013.

Marvin helped me change my life” Schroeder says of Marvin Declare who is the founder and executive director of Psalm 23.

He helped me deal with everything. Before I was emotionally closed off. I pushed everyone way.”

The Psalm 23 program helped him deal with issues in the past too, he says. His drinking had become so bad that he had even become estranged from his girlfriend of 10 years.

His work suffered at the time. His boss told him he couldn’t count on Schroeder to be there anymore and the award winner says he lived on the streets in downtown Vancouver for six months.

Now that his life is back on track, Schroeder returns to 100 Mile House every year to help other men. He has developed a fondness for the region.

I have never forgotten my roots. It’s great to repay what you got from others.”

The program offers one-on-one counselling, work therapy and volunteering to help give back to the community.

To contact the Psalm 23 Transition Society, phone 250-459-2220 or e-mail


Just Posted

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of two men in Anahim Lake

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

Ageing safely with medications

Local pharmacist presents information at seniors centre

Natural gas project nears completion

Enbridge’s new compressor unit upgrades equipment along Highway 24

Morning Dec. 14: Foggy weather, low chance of precipitation

The morning weather and roads for the South Cariboo

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

Most Read