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About Us

PEP Society

Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society supports and educates families dealing with the effects of substance abuse in youth and adult children. PEP’s focus is empowering families and caregivers of a loved one struggling with substance use or addiction to step into health and recovery. PEP is governed by a Board of Directors, and an Executive Director oversees programming, organizational awareness, and growth.

PEP Society is a registered non-profit organization founded in June 2004 and registered in February 2005. It was founded by a Family Support Worker, a Probation Officer, and a mother of a methamphetamine addict.

On July 1, 2006, the Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Act (PChAD) took effect. This is forced treatment for children under eighteen years of age at risk as a result of drug or alcohol use. PEP Society was instrumental in getting this legislation as a resource for parents.

Today, PEP Society has three chapters in the Edmonton area and an Alberta-wide virtual group.

Our Mission

Providing professional, facilitated support, education, information, and hope to parents, family, and friends dealing with or concerned about a loved one struggling with substance use or addiction.

Our Vision

PEP will encourage wellness in families affected by substance use.

Our Values

Empowering families and caregivers of a loved one struggling with substance use or addiction to step into health and recovery.

Two women sitting in a group embracing, recovery is a family journey
Who We Are PEP meetings were initially established as a result of an increasing need for support and direction for families dealing with the effects of substance abuse in youth.

Awards, Accomplishments and Mentorship/Partnerships

Our Accolades

Platinum Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal

awarded to Executive Director Lerena Greig, 2022

Queen's Jubilee Medal

was awarded to Maralyn Benay

People's Choice Award

2nd Place, Wreath/Centerpiece Category, Festival of Trees: 2012

Community Life Pride of Strathcona Award

Maralyn Benay, Tina Dow, & Audrey Holliday (PEP Co-Founders): 2011

People's Choice Award

3rd Place Tree Category, Festival of Trees: 2008, 2010

Restorative Justice Awards Annual Achievement


PEP Contributors

Our Partners

Alberta Health Services logo
Alberta government logo
Edmonton police service logo
Strathcona County logo
Royal Canadian Mounted Police logo

Our Funders

Butler Family Foundation logo
Realtors Community Foundation logo
Sunrise Community Church logo
Telus Edmonton Community Board logo
United Way Alberta Capital Region logo
A cartoon monthly calendar image. PEP offers a supportive place to share what’s going on for individuals whose children or loved ones are in addiction.
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"PEP is a group that loves and supports families through the darkest time of their lives."


"PEP has been there for my family in some of our darkest days and helped us navigate through that darkness."


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