I interviewed George Myette from the Society in Canada for my Journey To Success Radio show.
The Society in Canada evolved from the 7th Step Foundation in the USA which was founded by Bill Sands - an ex offender, in Kansas State Pen in 1963. It was started in Canada in 1967 in Haney Correctional Institution, British Columbia by Tom Gordon and Jack Lynch.
They became incorporated in Canada as a National Charitable Organization in 1984 - Founding members Pat Graham, Bea Graham and George Myette. They are currently active in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland.
They have a National volunteer board comprised of non and ex-offenders and receive a small annual sustaining grant from Public Safety Canada and donations from members to support national activities.
The 7th Step Society's underlying philosophy is similar to the 12 Steps to Sobriety of AA but is not focused on substance abuse but rather on living free in society.
To contact the 7th Step Society of Canada, call their National office at 403-650-1902.
Bill Sands' life was filled with more excitement and accomplishments than most people can even dream of. It also featured a prison sentence in San Quentin. He learned from his adversity and defeat and went on to impact hundreds of thousands of people in a very positive and life changing way.
Bill used Napoleon Hill's books, including Think and Grow Rich, along with other personal development books, to change his thinking and his life.
The warden of the prison, Clinton Duffy, took an interest in him and gave him the book Think and Grow Rich.
Don Green, Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, purchased the rights to Bill Sands book and I can truly see why he did that.
Bill's life was a great example of the use of the 17 Principles of Success identified in Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success and taught today by The Napoleon Hill Foundation.
"A lot of people in our business read the success principles, apply them, and gain wealth. The cycle is not complete until they learn to do for others. When we leave this world, if someone remembers us, it will be not for what we got, but for what we gave."