Speaker’s Bureau

Looking for someone to talk to your group about FASD?

This Speaker’s Bureau was created to help Manitobans find local expert speakers on topics related to FASD. The speakers that you will find below all live in Manitoba and have experience giving talks, workshops and training related to a variety of topics that link to FASD. We hope that you find this a useful tool in connecting with a speaker that fits your needs.
There is a brief amount of information provided on this site for each speaker; if you are interested in learning more, or booking a speaker, please contact them directly. Please note that some speakers may require compensation for time, travel or other related costs; Manitoba FASD Coalition is not responsible for covering or regulating these costs.
The speakers on this site have applied to be listed here and have been vetted by Manitoba FASD Coalition. Manitoba FASD Coalition does not provide or receive financial compensation for this listing. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of speakers available in Manitoba.
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Presenter/Organization Booking  Information
Lia Braun

Lia Braun is a retired educator who now provides contract Educational Consultant Services, especially in the area of FASD. She has served as Provincial FASD Specialist for Metis CFS Authority, Clinical Supervisor for Cross Lake FN STAR FASD Mentor Program, Chair, MCAP Newsletter, and Coordinator, Norway House Fetal Alcohol Mentoring Project, and was Special Services Consultant in Frontier School Division for 17 years. She has also been a resource teacher, classroom teacher, and teacher-librarian. *Complete resume available on request.


Lia Braun

FASD Life’s Journey Inc.

FASD Life’s Journey Inc. is a unique agency specializing in a range of individualized supports for adolescents and adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This agency has been providing FASD-specific support and services for more than eight years, and is currently providing support to over 200 adults and youth within the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. All programming is individualized, and clients receive service via one of three avenues: Residential, Outreach, or Spectrum Connections.


Chris Culleton-Koebel
204-772-1591 ext. 206
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Noella Gentes, Director of Programs – Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre

Noella Gentes was born and raised in St. Malo, Manitoba. She has lived and worked in The Pas MB, moved to Winnipeg MB and has been with the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre for eight years as a Insight Coordinator (Prevention program for FASD). Noella attended University of Manitoba, and also took courses at Red River Community College.  Noella has a certification in Trauma Counselling, Child Development and Family Support.  Noella has attended numerous courses in addictions, family violence, and pharmacology.  Noella also attended a multitude of workshops on FASD. Noella brings forth much knowledge and skills she has acquired through her work and her passion for dignity for everyone.

Noella has been involved and contributed to the “Looking after each other” project for the last few years as a team member on sub-committees.


Noella Gentes
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Judi Heppner

Judi has worked for 2 decades in social services and health. She has worked in group homes with children, adolescents and adults, in an employment program for people with mental health concerns, in a program providing support to caregivers of children with FASD and was a case manager in a treatment foster care program. While in the FASD program, Judi developed the training modules for the entire program and did most of the training for the organization. She has delivered training to social service organizations, school personnel, university and high school students and foster parents. While Judi covers the basics like how FASD happens, diagnosis, the characteristics of people with FASD and strategies that improve functioning, she also has a special interest in examining the factors that influence women’s drinking and how we can best address them. In developing her presentations Judi is always careful to be evidence-based and mindful of best practice.


Judi Heppner
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Simon Laplante

Originally from Quebec, Simon has been living and working in Manitoba for the last 29 years as a teacher, a vice-principal (Ecole Stanley Knowles School for 7 years), a principal (Ecole St-Norbert Immersion School for 12 years) and in the last four years as the Assistant of the Seine River School Division. Simon is the adoptive father of a child with ARND since her birth in 1989. Starting in August 2014, Simon will be teaching that the Universite de St-Boniface in the Faculty of Education. In July 2013, Simon successfully defended his Master thesis on the impact the FASD children on their parents’ relationships in the context of the couple, with the school and the community. Simon has been very active in the last 10 years in speaking to schools and divisional staff about FASD and the need to differentiate our programs and expectations.


Simon Laplante
204-253-2447 or 204-290-8120 or 204-233-0210
slaplante@shaw.ca or slaplante@ustboniface.ca
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Carie McIntosh

From 2001 to 2013, Carie worked as a Children’s Special Services case manager assisting families with children with disabilities access resources, support, equipment and respite. Currently, Carie is the Disability Research Advocate for the Ospaswayak Health Authority, a position which involves investigating support models for people with disabilities on reserve.


Carie McIntosh
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, The Pas, Manitoba

FASD Family Support, Education and Counselling Program of New Directions

The FASD Family Support team consists of individuals from various professional and educational backgrounds, such as Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Human Ecology: Family Studies, Councelling and Therapy, Conflict Resolution and Child and Youth development. Combined experience includes involvement with the educational and childcare system, justice and probations, mental health, addictions, trauma and attachment. The teams experience ranges from 5-20 years in the field of FASD. * Please note: Ability to meet requests, based on the availability of program staff.


Anita Posaluko
204-582-8658, ext 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cathe Umlah

Cathe Umlah has 20 years of experience in the FASD field, working directly with children and families affected by FASD, with women struggling with alcohol use during pregnancy as well as part of the FASD diagnostic team. Recently as the FASD Specialist within CFS, she provides training and consultation on case planning for children and youth within CFS. Cathe truly enjoys training and engaging participants in hands on learning about FASD.


Cathe Umlah
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Twyla Gilroy

Twyla has 15 years’ experience working in the addictions field in the Parkland Region. This includes 4 years with the InSight Mentoring program which utilizes an evidence based FASD prevention model. InSight is a unique three year woman-centered and client driven approach that provides intensive case management support and advocacy.


Twyla Gilroy