Controversial author to speak to sold out crowd

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He's individualistic, controversial and brilliant. And he's coming to Moose Jaw.

Dr. Gabor Maté will be speaking at the Heritage Inn on Tuesday.

Dr. Gabor Maté, a renowned speaker and bestselling author will be doing a workshop for  a soldout crowd at the Heritage Inn on Tuesday. Maté is a speaker in high demand and is considered an expert in addiction, stress and childhood development.

"There are some people that don't like his ideas," said Christine Boyczuk, coordinator of the regional intersectoral committee. "His ideas are definitely controversial because he believes in harm reduction. 

Many people are opposed to Maté's efforts in developing the first safe injection site in Vancouver, where he worked for 12 years.

Maté's collection of bestselling, award winning books have been published in 20 languages. His philosophy on addiction, stress and childhood development weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experiences.

"He is a very individualistic, brilliant man," said Boyczuk. "He has had such rich experiences that he can relate to people that are addicted in such a humanitarian way." 

Boyczuk told the Times-Herald that on Tuesday, Maté will not be speaking about addictions but will speak about kids in chaos. The audience will learn how important relationship is for youth. They will learn how to regain the relationship with kids that they have lost.

"His tenet is adults and parents do not have a strong enough relationship with their kids," Boyczuk said. "Kids listen to their peers more than they listen to their parents."

Maté is being brought in by the Moose Jaw South Central Drug Strategy and is a very difficult speaker to book because of his busy schedule.

"Why we wanted him is we wanted to have the best outcomes for youth.," said Boyczuk. "What Dr. Matédoes is he is an expert in early childhood development, youth and addictions and he makes the connection between all three."

Maté's workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more details on Maté check out www.drgabormate.com. 

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Heritage Inn, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Vancouver

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