Join Joe Calendino as he talks about his pathway of recovery.
As an outlaw biker living on the fringes of society Joe Calendino traveled the world, relishing the dangerous glamour of the Hells Angels’ lifestyle, even committing himself to an elite chapter in the organization: the Nomads Motorcycle Club or “one percenters.” After the initial excitement of being a full patch member of the gang, Joe’s life spiraled into a world of drugs and debt. He eventually ended up emaciated and broken on the floor of a Surrey prison. Here, an unusual ally came to
his aid: a former high school friend who had become a member of the VPD’s Outlaw Motorcycle Unit. With the support of his friend, Calendino not only recovered but thrived. To Hell and Back offers a page-turning perspective on gang life—and a remarkable reminder of the power of transformation.
JOE CALENDINO has over eight years of experience working with youth in some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable neighbourhood as the founder and executive director of capital Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative. Along with his business degree, Joe holds a Substance Use Certificate from the Justice Institute of BC and is a certified black belt in Jiu Jitsu.
GARY LITTLE is an educator whose roles have included teacher, principal and Associate Superintendent of Schools, Vancouver School Board. Currently he is Director of international baccalaureate educator programs at the faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. In the mid-1980s, Gary was Joe Calendino’s counsellor at Templeton Secondary School.
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