NW FASD Network hosting a FREE webcast–Supportive Housing for people with FASD

Register now for the January 20, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Join us at Community Social Development (10030-102 Ave.) for this free, one-hour and thirty minute webcast titled: Panel Discussion: Supportive Housing for people with FASD.   Popcorn and pop will be supplied.

This webcast will focus on supportive housing for people with FASD in Alberta and some of the hot button questions, best practices, successes and failures that have occurred around this issue.

The panel includes experts in supportive housing as well as people involved in the construction. There will be discussion on broad concepts and a focus on supportive housing for the FASD community.


Date:   Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time:   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Speaker:   The panel will include people who have developed FASD supportive housing initiatives in Alberta, including completed projects and ones that are underway.

If you can not join us feel free to register and watch from your own location.

Register Here 

Cost:   FREE! Please share with your networks

Format:   Live panel discussion followed by Q & A

Q & A:   You can ask questions to the panelists through live chat

UPCOMING WEBCASTS: Join us the 3rd week each month until July 2016 to take part in discussions on:

•    February: FASD Prevention Conversation

•    March: FASD 101 for Justice Workers & Lethbridge Police Service FASD Support Training

•    April: Practical tools for the frontline worker

•    May: A Caregivers Perspective

•    June: Trauma Informed Care

•    July: New Diagnostic Guidelines for AB & Best Practices for Clinics *Note: Topics and dates may change. We will send email updates to keep you informed.

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Watch previous webcasts on the FASD Website


The FASD Learning Series helps individuals, caregivers, front-line workers and professionals learn more about FASD, and how to support persons with FASD. The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics and are accessible by both urban and rural audiences.

Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines an FASD Service Framework focusing on awareness and prevention, assessment and diagnosis, and supports for individuals with FASD and their caregivers. All services and activities are built on a foundation of stakeholder engagement.


NW FASD Network 2016-18 Request for Proposal Process is now open


 This is to state that the NW FASD Request for Proposal process is now open. In order to best serve our entire region, the NW Leadership Team will be seeking proposals in the following two areas:

  1. Prevention (limited to targeted and indicated prevention).
  2. Supports for Individuals and Caregivers.

We will continue to fund in the three geographic areas:

The GEOGRAPHIC AREAS included in this year’s proposal process are known as North, Central and South.

For more, information please go to the full Request for Proposal Document.  See the link below.

The Northwest FASD Network Leadership Team is requesting detailed and comprehensive proposals until 2:00:00 pm local time Friday, February 12, 2016 for the following project:



Documents and general information are available on the Alberta Purchasing Connection website at www.purchasingconnection.ca or from the office of the Purchasing Manager, City Hall.


Address:         City of Grande Prairie, 1st Floor, City Hall

Courier:          10205 – 98 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2E7

Mailing:          PO Bag 4000, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6V3

Submissions can be couriered, hand delivered or mailed to the Purchasing Department. The submission must be in a sealed package and clearly marked with Proposal name and number.


All questions should be submitted in writing using the Form for Written Questions (Form B) and faxed or emailed to the City of Grande Prairie, Purchasing Department, City Hall, First Floor, 10205 – 98th Street, Grande Prairie, AB.

A community information session will be held on January 22nd at the Community Social Development Department, located at 10030 102 Ave Grande Prairie, from 1pm-2pm to go over the RFP process and answer questions pertaining to the requirements. Teleconference will be available by calling 1-780-830-7099.


R.D. (Bob) MacNeill                                                    Gwen Vekved

Purchasing Manager                                                  FASD Network Coordinator

Phone: 780-538-0344                                                 Phone: 780-357-7508

Fax: 780-538-4880                                                      Fax: 780-830-5025

Email: purcont@cityofgp.com                                  Email: gvekved@cityofgp.com


ISSUE DATE: January 8th, 2016



The Most Powerful Video on FASD We Have Seen

FASD: Learning with Hope

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By FASD_Mum and FASD_Dad

We don’t normally do posts like this, but we were both riveted to the screen this morning.  This is a perceptive and authoritative video explaining Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the life-long impact even small quantities of alcohol can have on children before they are born.  If you would like to better understand our child, and others like him, please give yourself 26 minutes to watch this film.  The young 10-year-old girl in this film could be our son.

And please, support those around you who are or may become pregnant by helping them to avoid alcohol during those precious months. Experts in this video show the proof that even a small amount of alcohol in utero at the wrong point in development can have profound and enduring effects on a child.  And please also encourage our societies to help meet the needs of those loved ones…

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Government of Alberta- FASD and Homelessness Video

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Homelessness

On December 4th the Government of Alberta’s Learning Series webcast was on FASD and Homelessness. It was an interesting webinar for anyone who was able to tune in. If you were not able to watch it live you can now find it posted on YouTube.

The webcast is now available on YouTube.

PREVIOUS WEBCASTS NOW ONLINE! You can also watch previous webcasts on the FASD website

ABOUT THE FASD STRATEGY & WEBCASTS The FASD Learning Series helps individuals, caregivers, front-line workers and professionals learn more about FASD, and how to support persons with FASD. The webcast and video-conference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics and are accessible to all Albertans.  Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines the government’s commitment to provide awareness and prevention of FASD, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and supports for individuals with FASD and their caregivers. All services and activities are built on a foundation of stakeholder engagement.



Over 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds

Baby-Feet-SmallOver 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), study finds

January 5, 2016
Retrieved from: MedicalXpress: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-conditions-co-occur-fetal-alcohol-spectrum.html

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind.

The results were published today in The Lancet.

“We’ve systematically identified numerous disease conditions co-occurring with FASD, which underscores the fact that it isn’t safe to drink any amount or type of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy, despite the conflicting messages the public may hear,”says Dr. Lana Popova, Senior Scientist in Social and Epidemiological Research at CAMH, and lead author on the paper.“Alcohol can affect any organ or system in the developing fetus.”

FASD is a broad term describing the range of disabilities that can occur in individuals as a result of alcohol exposure…

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Thinking of having a dry January?

Here’s What Happens When You Quit Drinking Alcohol for a Month

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If drinking less is your New Year’s resolution, you aren’t alone. A Greek (as in fraternity, not Athens) guy in college once swore to me on January 2nd that he’d go sober for 365 days. Incredulous, I asked how that was possible, and he answered: “Well, not in a row.”

Americans like to drink. Not as much as Canadians and Russians, but still a lot. The good news: A recent study published in Preventing Chronic Disease found that most Americans who drink “excessively” (15 or more drinks a week for men; 8 or more drinks a week for women) aren’t alcohol dependent. Meaning they aren’t alcoholics. Meaning if you wanted to stay sober for one month, odds are it wouldn’t lead…

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Help for the Holidays: Surviving Stress During Pregnancy

Great tips for pregnant woman over the holidays!

Help for the Holidays: Surviving Stress During Pregnancy

The Baby Blog

Retrieved from: http://mothertobaby.org/baby-blog/holidays-surviving-stress-pregnancy/


By Neely Cessac, Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby

The holidays are full of family, fun, and enjoyment – and the season is wonderful EVERY, SINGLE, DAY, right?! WRONG. Every year many pregnant women (as well as the general public) become so stressed and worried around this time. And rightly so…not only do pregnant moms have regular holiday stress, but they’ll soon become moms! M-O-M-S! Holy cow. An overwhelming concept, to say the least, especially with everyone telling you what you can (or should) do and what you can’t (or shouldn’t) do during pregnancy. As a birth defects information specialist, I’m starting to get a ton of questions surrounding stress from moms-to-be. I can relate…and I’m not even pregnant yet!

I always want everything to be perfect, from clean floors and ceiling fans, to wonderfully wrapped presents and delicious…

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Register now for the December 4th FASD Webcast

Register now for the December 4, FASD Webcast

Join us for this free, one-hour webcast titled: FASD and Homelessness

Individuals with FASD may be vulnerable to homelessness, and homeless individuals with FASD may be extremely vulnerable.

Tune in to hear about current research and best practices around the subject of FASD and Homelessness. You will also be able to pose your questions to the presenter via our live chat.

AGENDA: Date:   Friday December 4, 2015

Time:   9:00 am – 10:30 am

Speaker:   Dr. Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW

Register:   http://albertalearningseries.com/fasd-and-homelessness.html

Cost:   FREE! Please share with your networks

Format:   Live webcast presentations with Q & A

Q & A:   You can pose questions to the speaker through live chat

SPEAKER: Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work (FSW), University of Calgary (U of C). As the co-lead of the Education and Training Council of the Alberta FASD Cross Ministry, Dorothy is actively engaged in developing educational opportunities from the front line to post-secondary education on FASD. Dorothy is a member of the Canada FASD Research Network Action Team on Women’s Health. She also developed and teaches an online course on FASD and Child Welfare Practice to social work students each summer.


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.

For more information or to apply for the position please visit:



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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