Who Are We?


Who is The Recovery Foundation?

The Recovery Foundation NPO was founded by three individuals, Adrienne Dodds, Roberto Ferreira and Raymond Maboe. Each individual brings their own focus and flavour to the organisation and together, they form a formidable team who fight to break the stigma of chemical dependency, and help maladjusted people to reintegrate and reconnect with society.

The Recovery Foundation Team emphasises the importance of connection and purpose. The Foundation believes that through creating healthy environments, encouraging strong and meaningful relationships, and fostering an individual’s passion for sports, cultural activities and other healthy outlets, people with chemical dependency issues who feel disconnected, may overcome their circumstances and find a new way to live.

Raymond Maboe

My name is Raymond Maboe and I have extensive experience in the financial field. My expertise has been thoroughly developed over the past 11 years in a career which has spanned a wide range of roles within Anglo American Platinum, BMW South Africa and Nokeng Fluorspar Mine.

I was the Project/Mine Accountant at Nokeng Fluorspar Mine. The company relied on me to convey essential financial data at all levels to management and external stakeholders, such as government departments and financial institutions. My experience includes business development projects and strategic analysis in the mining industry.

One of the key skills that I have acquired during my previous roles is the ability to successfully implement and manage new accounting systems and procedures. I enjoy the challenge of integrating a new system and working across disciplines to ensure a smooth and productive workflow. I have been the project manager overseeing all matters relating to the implementation of SAGE X3 at Nokeng Fluorspar.

I have a proactive management style with highly developed communication skills. I have been managing a team as well as currently recruiting for the operations team of the mine. One of my latest achievements has been the successful relocation of the finance function from the SepFluor offices to the Nokeng Mine location in Rust de Winter.

I am diligent in maintaining and updating my skills example being that I am currently studying for an LLB degree through UNISA, in addition to being a qualified chartered accountant, with SAICA membership. I am very proficient with the essential computing programs such as Microsoft Excel, SAGE X3, SAP, and Hyperion.

I will bring to the orgnaisation not only my years of expertise, but also my personal drive for results and positive outcomes. I am prepared for the next challenge in my career and look forward to hearing from you.

Roberto Ferreira

Roberto Ferreira is an Addictions Specialist and is a director at The Recovery Foundation NPO. He is currently completing his BA degree in Counselling Psychology through Unisa.

Roberto has years of practical experience working with people affected by addiction and with addicts. He heads up the Recovery Foundation and may be considered to be the face of the organisation.

Roberto is dedicated to furthering the understanding and treatment of addiction. He is committed to changing public opinion on the nature of addiction in the hope of breaking the stigma attached to addicts and addiction. Roberto considers himself an activist towards equal rights among people.

Roberto’s vision, together with his studies, is to change public opinion on what addiction is – both for substance abusers and non-substance abusers – and to support this with thorough research and empirical knowledge.

He currently works at a treatment facility in Pretoria, Trust in Hope, and his goal is to make treatment options more accessible, especially to those that cannot gain access to meaningful abstinent and non-abstinent-based treatment options

Other than his passion for his studies, Roberto also devotes his time to the following activities:

  • He serves as an alternate delegate for a 12-step fellowship.
  • On a regular basis, he appears on different media platforms, such as radio, print and TV, to be interviewed about addiction and its realities.
  • Roberto also harbours a serious passion for sports. He is a keen cyclist and footballer, and uses these sports to further raise awareness and knowledge about recovery from addiction as well as to raise funds for persons that do not have access to care and treatment.

Roberto is learning to integrate the principles of abstinence-based treatment together with harm reduction methodologies, with the aim of helping others to find a purpose in their own lives, regardless of if they are abstinent or not.

Before all else, we are all human, and deserve to be treated as such.

 

Adrienne Dodds

In a decade of working with others, Adrienne Dodds is passionate about helping those who are unable to afford treatment. Adrienne has worked in primary care rehabilitation centres, and in outpatient programmes.

In terms of qualifications, Adrienne is certified with the Council of Counsellors and is an Intermediate Addictions Counsellor with the Board of Addiction Professionals of South Africa.

Adrienne currently manages Malachite Halfway House where the objective is to look after those who are transitioning from primary care to living life on life’s terms out in the world. She is also a director at The Recovery Foundation NPO.

Adrienne adds value to The Recovery Foundation with her vast knowledge of recovery processes and her extensive research on the matter of addiction. Adrienne has nurtured strong personal and professional relationships through the cause and has facilitated workshops on addiction. Adrienne and Roberto have conducted workshops together and share a similar view on recovery from addiction.

Adrienne believes that long-term treatment works and that for far too long the stigma of addiction has prevented people from reaching out and asking for help.

Her areas of special interest are dual-diagnosis clients and women in recovery.  The people she would love to work with the most are those who use drugs and are desperate for help.

Adrienne strongly believes in The Recovery Foundation. She trusts that with the right funding, the foundation may provide opportunities to these people to get treatment, and long-term treatment.