BANGOR — The Women’s Addiction Services Council in partnership with the Bangor Area Recovery Network will host its annual Celebration of Women in Recovery 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Gracie Theatre, Husson University.

The council is a coalition of individuals and agencies committed to supporting Maine women affected by substance use and addiction. For nearly 30 years it has organized a celebration of women who have battled and continue to battle addiction. The event honors a recovering woman with the annual Leadership Award given in recognition of her leadership in her community and her work on her own recovery. Nominations for the award are received from across the state.

Nominated for the May 2015 Leadership Award are Barbara Royal, Irene Laney and Cathy Longo all of Ellsworth, Cindy Hinton of Bangor and Nikki Oliver of Saco.

Maine author Amy Morin will be the featured guest speaker at the celebration. Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, is the author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” a bestselling book translated into more than 20 languages. Morin is a regular contributor to Forbes and Psychology. She serves as’s parenting teens and child discipline expert.

Three speakers from throughout the state will share their stories of recovery, and local group Women with Wings will perform at the event.

Mary Henry, council member and the lead coordinator for the event, said, “This event creates a small moment in time when women in recovery and their loved ones can embrace their recovery with their heads held high without stigma or shame — a moment when their families, friends, co-workers and other relations can hold their truth proudly with them.”

With the exception of two years, the celebration has been held at the Blaine House in Augusta. Due to the event’s growing success and popularity, the council decided to change the event’s location this year to accommodate more women from across the state.

The council is a volunteer coalition that does not have its own funding. The Celebration of Women in Recovery is possible because of the generous financial support of many organizations, businesses and individuals from around the state. Those who wish to make a donation may mail a check to: The Bangor Area Recovery Network-WASC, 142 Center St., Brewer, ME 04412.

For information or to attend the event, email Mary Henry at