Nominated: January 7, 2021


Society History

The Launching Pad commenced operation in June of 1994 at a 12-bed facility in Aldergrove, B.C. The founding fathers were Dave Houston who purchased the house and Ed Warnke who managed the facility until 2019. In 2001, we moved to our present facility in White Rock, where we provide room and board for 30 residents and help alcoholics and addicts learn how to lead clean and sober lives. The White Rock house was already zoned for a care facility and had been operating as a seniors’ home for some years prior to our arrival. The property, about a half-acre, has proved to be ideal for our purposes and is well situated in South Surrey on the White Rock border. In 26 years of operation, the Launching Pad has seen about a thousand men recover from addiction, and provided room & board for about 5000 men for varying lengths of time. We became a non-profit society in February of 2002, and have registered charity status.

Mission & Mandate

The Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit agency serving the residents of the province of British Columbia. Its purpose is to provide a vital link in the continuum of services available to recovering adult male alcoholics and addicts. The Launching Pad will assist clients to return to productive and healthy lifestyles, help their families and friends to participate in the recovery process, and create a positive and supportive community response to recovery. Male adult alcoholics/drug addicts will live as clean and sober productive members of the community.