FASD Family Network Care Provider Appreciation Event

What: FASD Family Network Care Provider Appreciation Event

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: David Livingstone School (270 Flora Ave)

This event is for families and will include drumming with Elder Debbie Cielen, a magic show with Ryan Price, pizza, activities, and a prize draw!

To sign up, please contact: Nicky Adriano, 204-945-3830, Nikolai.Adriano@gov.mb.ca

Manitoba FASD Coalition Info Series

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The next Info Series workshop will take place February 28, 2020 and the topic of discussion will be Harm Reduction 101, featuring Bryce Koch, RN, BN, from Street Connections. Mark your calendar and plan to join us.

“For the Love of Community”

Join Norway House Cree Nation and STAR on February 13th and 14th, 2020, for the Annual FASD Conference. The event will be held at the Multiplex Auditorium in Norway House and will feature guest speakers Mitch Bourbonierre, James Favel, Helene San Pedro and others. Dinner will be served on February 14th followed by dancing and entertainment. Register through Lucy Muswagon 204-359-6704.

FASD Tips

Thanks to Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman for a fantastic presentation on Understanding and Managing Sleep in FASD, held Friday, January 31st. The workshop was very well attended and many people requested additional information. Click here to access some helpful tips on managing sleep as well as other information you might find useful.

Happening in Manitoba

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South Parkland FASD Collaborative successfully bringing FASD awareness to their community.

On Friday, January 10, 2020, the South Parkland FASD Collaborative and the Aboriginal Head Start Programs in Dauphin, Duck Bay, and Swan River joined together to organize an FASD training offered by the Canadian FASD Mentoring Project. This training was designed with Head Start Program staff in mind, however was it open to others attending as well.

The Canadian FASD Mentoring Project’s purpose was to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) by providing workshops to Aboriginal Head Start sites across Canada. Trained FASD mentors from across Canada delivered the workshops. The workshops were designed to share information about alcohol, pregnancy, FASD, and strategies for working with individuals who have FASD and their families. The project has now concluded. The culturally appropriate workshops goals include increase knowledge about FASD prevention, diagnosis, and support strategies; decrease stigma about FASD and alcohol use; increase understanding about trauma and support trauma-informed care; and build capacity to address FASD and support healthy families in communities.

About 30 participants braved the cold and came together to attended the one-day workshop lead by mentors Danna Ormstrup and her colleague Christy, both from Alberta. We were a mix of Head Start staff, parents, and service providers. All of us felt the day was a valuable use of our time as we listened, shared, and participated in various learning activities.

Way to go, Southland!

Submitted by Twyla Gilroy for the South Parkland FASD Collaborative