Manitoba FASD Coalition is a province-wide collaborative network of individuals and organizations from across all sectors committed to supporting prevention, education, research, and intervention activities in the area of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. We share ideas, information, resources, challenges and successes.
Leilani Buschau graduated with a B.Sc. from Bemidji State University in 1989, a post baccalaureate equivalent in elementary education from Brandon University in 1991, was accepted as a registered social worker by the Manitoba College of Social Workers in March 2016 and in 2017 received a level 1 Appreciative Engagement Coaching Certificate.
In1998, Leilani became active in the FASD community through her work with the Portage la Prairie Friendship Centre and then from 2000-2008 held the position of executive director of the Fetal Alcohol Family Association of Manitoba. During her time with FAFAM Leilani participated in the development of the Red River College Applied Studies in FASD program, served as a Program Instructor and member of the RRC FAS Advisory Committee. In addition, Leilani coordinated the compilation of two booklets on FASD, All Lives Well Lived and Becoming a Behaviour Detective.
An active member of the Manitoba Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy since 1998 Leilani served as urban co-chair of the Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy for 3 years. In her role as FASD specialist with Metis Child and Family Services Authority Leilani provides advocacy, consultation, coaching, education and resources to agency staff, caregivers and collaterals caring for children and youth with FASD and their families.
Carie McIntosh is the Disability Research Advocate for Opaskwayak Health Authority on Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Opaskwayak, Manitoba (July 2013 to present). One of the main goals of her position is to secure equity in service provision for people living on reserve. Previously, Carie was the Family Service Worker for Children’s Special Services from 2001-2013 where she provided information, support and services for families who had a child with a disability. Carie has a degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked on social issues including women’s issues, environmental issues, child welfare and disability services since 1997. A life-long learner, she is continuously learning about FASD-informed care, treaty rights, addictions, trauma, grief/loss, and adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Recently, she returned to the Co-Chair position for The Pas and Area FASD Committee where she has been an active member since 2004. In 2008-2009, Carie was the co-chair of MCAP with Leilani Buschau working to increase MCAP membership province-wide. In her time away from her desk, Carie is the mom/chauffeur to three wonderful kids (Olivia, Diana, and Carter) and is a volunteer Board Member with The Pas Community Renewal Corporation.