Speakers Bureau Facilitator & Megaphone Vendor
James Witwicki is a poet and Megaphone vendor. Through personal experience, he understands how mental illness and substance abuse are multilayered issues. When he moved from Winnipeg to New Westminster in the 1970s James engaged in high-risk behaviours including injecting cocaine. He contracted Hepatitis C, which he later sought treatment for and was cured. He became sober and shortly after was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder and psychosis. It was the combined treatment of lithium, therapy, participating in Megaphone’s writing groups and community activities that brought James to a place of wellness. James wants to work with audiences who want to better understand drug users and the reasons why people turn to drugs.