When I got a call from a so-called ‘courier company’ I foolishly believed it, but it was just a trap.” Maurice told Selena that he would buy a house in Edmonton for the two of them once his business was up and running.“He said giving him the money to clear customs was an investment in our future.
“It’s created by people in recovery for people in recovery.” Shea promises the site—which just launched last month—is also very LGBT-friendly: “It’s hard enough to meet somebody in recovery if you’re straight, but trying to meet someone in recovery if you’re gay or transgender, where are you going to go?
” The site is also unique in that unlike major dating sites like or e Harmony, users can see everyone else’s profiles—not just the ones a computer has deemed compatible with their interests.
That keeps me up at night.” Selena’s goals are modest. That same year, she married James, her high school sweetheart, but divorced just seven years later.
In 2003, Selena married a second time, this time to Sam, a local contractor who owned his own business in Calgary.
Says Kole: “The whole big picture is to empower people in recovery to do more, to reach out, to help others." Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.
This Arizona rehab prescribes high doses of AA meetings and backpacking for young guys who not only need to get sober, but also learn the basics (think cooking and cleaning) of living in the real world.
"We want people to have access to more than just what’s local or what they just happen across.” Shea and Kole are also hard at work on the Pink Cloud Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people in recovery "achieve their dreams"—through mentorship, resources or a small stipend to get their career going.
Through these various avenues, Shea and Kole are committed to connecting sober people all over the world, and look forward to the day they can put up the site’s own “e Harmony success story” billboards.
Blackening the picture is the fact that, between two broken marriages and the online dating scam, Selena has accumulated ,140 in credit card and line-of-credit debt, as well as a car loan and a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) debt for an underwater mortgage from her second marriage.
She plans to pay it all off in five to seven years. I need to prioritize to make any plan work.” It bodes well that Selena is not a stranger to starting over.
The idea for the site came from co-founder Paul Kole, who faced his own struggles while trying to date during recovery.