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.

March 24 Info Series

March 24, 2017 Info Series featuring  Dr. Hanlon-Dearman, Developmental Pediatrician at the Manitoba FASD Centre, will discuss changes and updates in the 2016 Diagnostic Guidelines for FASD.

This is a FREE event sponsored by the Manitoba FASD Coalition and the Manitoba FASD Family Network.

Sessions run 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Winnipeg sessions are located at the SSCY Centre Northern Lights Room  1155 Notre Dame Avenue, Wpg

In Winnipeg – please email MBFASDCOALTION@OUTLOOK.COM to hold a seat

Sessions may be available via Tele-video conference in some areas. Tele-video conference information will be available on a per session basis.

Participants are invited to stay following the formal presentation to meet for further discussion of the topic & networking

**NOTE** There is paid parking available in the visitor section at SSCY**


Visions & Voices Speaker

Russ Hilsher

Russ Hilsher

Favorite Topic Areas: Justice System, Parenting/Family, Addictions, Community Supports

“Supportive people who understand FASD help me make my life go in the right direction.”

Russ was informed of his FASD by his adopted mom between the age of seven and twelve years old. He was told that he would need to have a support system in order to face the many challenges of living with his disability. This has proven to be true for Russ. He has grown in his understanding of how is FASD impacts his life and is able to contribute his knowledge and expertise with the community.

BUT, living with FASD has not always been easy. Russ finds it a continuous challenge to overcome his substance abuse issues. At various times in Russ’ life these challenges have caused him to be in conflict with the law, and to end up in places that he doesn’t wish to be. As a proud father of two girls, Russ acknowledges the on-going importance of supportive people who understand FASD, and who help him move his life in the right direction. Sharing his story has been instrumental in providing him with purpose and meaning, and in providing hope to others living and working with FASD.

MCAP Gets a New Name

Over this past winter, during meetings of the Manitoba Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy (MCAP), discussions began about becoming an incorporated body. As work began on making this happen, a suggestion was made that it may be time to change our name as well. Over the course of a couple of meetings ideas for a new name were generated, and by December 2015 a new name was chosen: Manitoba FASD Coalition. Once the name was chosen, final incorporation processes were set in motion and this spring the group was officially granted incorporation status.

For now, regular activities of the group will remain the same-monthly meetings, information sessions, website, newsletter and special events. In addition, the new incorporated entity will carry out all the activities of the Coalition of Chairs including: spring gathering, networking opportunities and joint projects. This will make for even greater opportunities to share best practices.

One more change came in the form of a new rural co-chair. With the resignation of both the rural (Rodney Jones) and urban (Betty Wiebe Hosein) co-chairs, the Manitoba FASD Coalition welcomes Carie Mcintosh back to the role of rural co-chair. Carie held the position in 2008- 2009 and recently accepted the nomination to sit in the position again. The coalition welcomes Carie and at this time is seeking an urban co-chair to assist her.

Over the past 20+ years this group has gone through a few name changes and the people who sit at the table have changed throughout that time as well. However, as this hard-working group of Manitobans continues to prove time and time again, even when names and faces change the dedication to the field of FASD continues.