Petra Schulz lost her 25-year-old son, Danny, to accidental fentanyl poisoning in 2014, leading her to co-found Moms Stop the Harm, a national network of Canadian families who have lost a loved one to substance use. Through sharing Danny’s story, Petra has become an advocate for drug policy reform aimed at reducing the harm associated with substance use. She is firm in her belief that substance use is a matter of human rights and health, and should not be criminalized. Petra serves on Alberta’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission and is a research partner on a project exploring mothers’ advocacy. She has been a guest speaker for all levels of government, and at numerous conferences, community meetings and university lectures.
In MacEwan’s Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Petra is a distance instructor and curriculum writer for the Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration degree and the Special Needs Educational Assistant program.