Terminator Foundation works with youth who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It acts as a treatment program to provide support and recovery to those affected. The Foundation provides youth with personal trainers to incorporate physical exercise into their recovery. Participants train year-round for triathlons and participate in the Terminator Foundation’s annual 5 km fundraiser run held in Calgary.
Founder Vanisha Breault has personal experience with addiction and is dedicating her life to helping struggling youth on their path to recovery. Vanisha strives to showcase the parallels between addiction recovery and triathlons—both require perseverance as well as mental and physical strength.
Vanisha recognized that there is a large need for an increase in recovery resources for addicted youth in Calgary and that was her motivation to start Terminator.
The purpose of the training is to positively affect the participants’ mental health. The main goal is to push participants’ limits, which increases their level of self-efficacy, confidence and self-love. This altered mindset then helps participants to battle the addiction itself. The differentiating factor of Terminator Foundation’s services that sets it apart from other treatment programs is that it incorporates the physical component of recovery which is a crucial part of the process.