Member News Bulletin

On behalf of the Manitoba FASD Coalition Board of Directors, thank you to every one of the 28 members and guests who attended the Coalition’s first ever Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 10th. We especially appreciate those who made a special effort to travel from out of town to attend in Winnipeg or to the nearest Telehealth site to participate.

As a provincial organization it is essential that Coalition members in rural and northern communities have the ability to participate in member meetings and events, especially the AGM. We were exceedingly fortunate to be able to use the Teleheath technology at SSCY to make that possible.

With special acknowledgement and deep gratitude we thank Carie McIntosh, and Kim Wozniak for organizing the AGM; Dorothy Schwab, Rita Drohomereski, Jenny Soriano and the Manitoba FASD Family Network for bringing Kim Barthel to Winnipeg and partnering with us so Coalition members across Manitoba had the opportunity to hear Kim speak on Trauma Informed Care and Sensory Modulation; and last but not least, SSCY Centre for the use of their beautiful building and Telehealth equipment.

Manitoba FASD Coalition Board of Directors

As you know our first ever Board of Directors was elected at the AGM. As a Board, we feel honoured that Coalition members indicated their confidence in our ability to provide leadership, inspiration and accountability to members and funders as we continue to work together to achieve our goals in the coming year by unanimously accepting the slate of nominees presented.

Congratulations to your new Board of Directors!

Leilani Buschau, Urban President

Carie McIntosh, Rural President

Chris Culleton-Koebel, Treasurer

Lucy Muswagon, Director

Jewel Reimer, Director

Joanne Wyman, Director

What Now?

This is the beginning of an exciting new era for the Coalition! Throughout our history we’ve explored, imagined, defined, and expanded what we do as we engaged with the ever evolving FASD community in Manitoba.  Becoming a not-for-profit organization in April 2016 was the newest phase of our evolution. As with everything new, change is a little scary, and the path forward may seem unclear at present, but rest assured, we are moving forward. At this moment in history we have an opportunity as an organization to put our creative, collective heads together and breathe new life into what we do, and how we do it. It’s an exciting time and full of possibility!

Our members are our organization, the most valuable asset and a large source of our social capital. The relationships our organization develops between members, other non-profit organizations, like-minded people, and with Government will continue building our social capital, as will projects undertaken on behalf of the Coalition. 

Short Term Plan – November 2017 – March 2018

From now until the end of March 2018, Coalition Committees will complete the work already underway. At the same time, the Board is planning organizational development activities the entire organization will have the opportunity to participate in at our traditional monthly meetings.  All of these activities will move us into 2018-2019.  As a Coalition we have always been strengths-based, and have approached everything we do with a spirit of collaboration. That hasn’t changed. Members have been and will continue to be the voice that generates fresh and innovative ways to meet the expectations of the Service Purchase Agreement with Healthy Child Manitoba as well as the goals we set for ourselves.  As always, members are the “doers” of the work.

Save the Date

We look forward to having you join us for the next Coalition Member Event, which will be held Monday, November 20th, 9 a.m., Health Child Manitoba, 3rd Floor, 332 Bannatyne Avenue.  Rural/northern members will participate through Go To Meeting.  Call in detail will be provided prior to the meeting.