Tony Vezina identifies as a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs and has been sober since July 20, 2012. He is the co-founder and current Executive Director of The 4th Dimension Recovery Center (4D), an innovative non-profit youth recovery center that serves over 500 young people each month with comprehensive recovery support services, including peer-mentoring, sober social events, recovery advocacy projects, mutual aid support meetings and much more. 4D is the first youth-led recovery community organization of it’s kind in the United States.
Over the past four years, Tony has been a force for change in Portland, founding the Portland Community College (PCC) Recovery 101 Club in addition to his ground breaking work with 4D. While at PCC Tony had the distinct honor of serving as the Phi-Theta Kappa Honors Society President, gaining regional and national recognition for his service projects. In his last year at PCC Tony served as Student Body President, receiving a Diversity Award for his student advocacy efforts. During his tenure as Student Body President, Tony also led an initiative that was successful in adding an Ex Officio Student to the PCC Board of Directors.
Tony is a visible and respected leader in the youth recovery field in Oregon, and as such, is often invited to present about effective youth recovery support practices at high schools, community colleges and trade associations. Additionally, Tony has been a keynote speaker at large recovery-related events and organizations in Oregon, including Hands Across the Bridge, Northwest Institute of Addiction Studies and Generation Found screenings among others.
Tony was recently elected to serve as a Board Member of the Metro Area Association of Addiction Peer Professionals, a new trade association representing addiction peers from the Portland Tri-County Region. Tony was also instrumental in the production and distribution of the first Recovery Voices Count! Voters Guide in Portland, OR and helped organize the first Portland screening of Generation Found, the groundbreaking documentary on recovery high schools. Most recently Tony was invited to serve as a Board Member of the newly formed Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a group of community leaders committed to launching a recovery high school in Oregon.
Tony is a proud dad to Isabella and has another child on the way. He contributes his recovery experience generously within the 12-Step community in Portland, supporting many young men on their recovery journey. Tony holds credentials as a Certified Recovery Mentor and Peer Recovery Counselor. Additionally, he has an Associate of Arts and is working on a Bachelor’s of Social Work at Concordia University, where he is on scholarship for academic excellence.