The Network is hiring!

The NW FASD Network is looking for a Full-time Program Support (Maternity Leave Cover) based in Grande Prairie:

Job Overview 

The program support reports to the FASD Network Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the budget, contract management, event planning, booking travel, general administrative support, clinic support, and overall team support.  We’re looking for someone who works well in a team or independently and is a self-starter with a passion to help vulnerable populations throughout our region.  This is a temporary maternity leave position for one year.

Main responsibilities include:

  • being the main email and phone contact for the public contacting the Network
  • taking minutes for various meetings
  • supporting the Diagnostic clinic with various tasks such as referral entry and creating clinic packages
  • attend community events/tradeshows and promote the various Network services and supports
  • support the Coordinator in the preparation of various documents
  • book all travel for the Network team
  • manage meeting logistics including facility, audio-visual requirements, supplies, catering, etc
  • support the Coordinator with new contract creation; develop key priorities and outcomes for special projects
  • photocopying, scanning, emailing and filing various documents

Your other focuses in this position will be overseeing the budget for the entire Network. This includes reconciling all budgets monthly and compiling financial statements for review by the Coordinator and you will prepare documentation and budgets for the annual audit. You will also perform contract management duties which include ensuring reporting is in on time and that contractors are in compliance with their contract obligations. You will also get to use your research skills and keep the Networks website up to date.

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The 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre Puts Addiction Issues on the Spotlight

Coldlakesun.com reports that The 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre and the Lakeland Centre for FASD hosted an indoor BBQ and had a presentation that highlighted the purpose of National Addiction Week (NAAW).  The 2nd Floor is was founded in June 2012 and they provide supports and services for women affected by addiction.  To date, they have served 77 women from across Alberta who have sought treatment for a drug or alcohol-related problems.

On Nov. 18, the 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre put the spotlight on addiction.

Each year for a week in November, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in honouring National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).

During NAAW, organizations host free events and presentations to bring attention to addiction.

It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about substance abuse prevention, talk about treatment and recovery and work towards positive change.

According to the CCSA…

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Women and Addiction: The silent victims

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 16 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 15 to 21, Portage is putting the spotlight on the challenges that women face with regards to getting help with drug addiction.

Many women who suffer from drug or alcohol dependency have been victims of abuse, violence, or unhealthy relationships and their drug use is often closely tied with these struggles. Women, and more particularly mothers, face discrimination, prejudice, and stigmatisation with regards to their drug problems, and often hesitate to ask for help as a consequence.


The UN World Drug Report 2015 states the unfortunate reality that although one in three drug users are women, they represent only one in five people in drug treatment.

In addition to a general lack of appropriate rehabilitation services for women, poverty, prostitution, violence, stigma, and, in some cases, the fear of losing custody…

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Lakeland Centre for FASD: Mocktail party

An interesting option for the upcoming holiday party season that Lakeland Centre for FASD is providing.

Mocktail party

By Peter Lozinski, Cold Lake Sun

1297606737472_ORIGINALThe Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (LCFASD) is offering a unique service this holiday season.

The LCFASD is bringing mocktail service to company parties and other events throughout the Lakeland to promote options other than alcohol.

The centre will provide a mocktail bar of great tasting non-alcoholic drinks available to guests.

“I think it’s important to show people there is another option and to promote healthy pregnancies,” said Nicole Parisian of the LCFASD.

The centre has offered the program in the past, but looks to bring the service to more events this year.

“It’s something we do extra on top of everything else we do,” Parisian said.

The cost for events with under 50 people is $150, for groups of 50-100 people is $250, for 100-250 is $350, and for 250 plus…

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What Women Need To Know: Common Questions

MOFAS has provided some great information on what women need to know in regards to alcohol and pregnancy, have a read!MOFAS_Logo_PMS+K1

What Women Need to Know

Have you heard conflicting messages about alcohol use during pregnancy? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about drinking during pregnancy and how to have a healthy pregnancy.

Common Questions:

What’s safe?
To date, there is no research that has conclusively proven there is a safe amount of alcohol that a woman can consume during pregnancy.

Can I drink while breastfeeding?
Research shows that alcohol in the milk can harm a child’s development, sleep, and learning.  For this reason, breastfeeding women should be very cautious about drinking alcohol, if they choose to drink at all.

I drank before I knew I was pregnant. Now what?
First, don’t panic!  The best thing to do is stop drinking alcohol as soon as you find out you…

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