Aleks Malejs joined the Save the Michaels team in September of 2021. Aleks serves as a Recovery Coach and Program Support for many aspects of this organization. Aleks has chosen to dedicate herself to the helping professions after navigating her unhealthy relationship with substances and her recovery journey. In May of 2022, Aleks celebrates ten years of continuous sobriety after nearly 15 years of battling her addiction to drugs and alcohol. She is passionate about holding the light for others as they find their way.
In her alternate life, Miss Malejs is a professional actor. She has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Aleks spent a decade in NYC pursuing her craft and landed back in Buffalo in 2013. Aleks has had a tremendous acting career in Buffalo since her arrival. She has been featured on The D’Youville Kavinoky Stage at Irish Classical Theatre Company and has a standing relationship with West Herr Automotive Group as a spokesperson. Aleks was honored to receive 2 Buffalo Artie Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her work in Grounded and Sive.
Along with her Recovery Coach duties and Program Support at Save the Michaels of the World, Aleks is currently featured in People, Places & Things by Duncan Macmillan @ D’Youville’s Kavinoky Theatre. This is a unique opportunity for Malejs. “Never in my life have my worlds collided so profoundly.” People, Places & Things is a play ABOUT addiction and recovery. Aleks walks us through the journey of a woman struggling with substances who finds her way into treatment. “The play and my life have so many similarities!” Aleks says it is an honor to portray someone struggling with addiction after her struggles with substances. “I understand her. Because I am her.”
Miss Malejs, Save the Michaels, and D’Youville’s Kavinoky Theatre invite you to this special event. “I want to stand as a person in recovery, not only in the show but in real life. To start having challenging conversations around what this disease is and who it affects. It’s not just THOSE PEOPLE. Addiction does not discriminate. It’s teachers, judges, doctors, and politicians. It can happen to anyone. I also want to stand as a beacon of hope. That recovery IS possible.”
Aleks feels so blessed to have been called to service and to have the opportunity to be a part of the Save the Michaels family. “This place is extraordinary. We try to treat each individual as though they are Michael. And that can make a difference in someone’s day.”