The Chronicle Herald
For years, Ryan Gillis’s family and friends expected to get a phone call telling them he had died of a drug overdose or some other misadventure. The call came this week, but it wasn’t what most had anticipated. Two years ago, the Sydney Mines man turned his life around. He quit drugs, cleaned up and became a passionate public advocate, spreading the message to youth that they should talk about their problems rather than masking them with substance abuse.