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.
Board of Directors
Joanne Wyman – President, Manitoba FASD Coalition: Joanne has been a Regional FASD Diagnostic Coordinator since 2009 and works out of The Pas Manitoba. Joanne has been a dedicated member of the Manitoba FASD Coalition since 1999.
Chantal McClelland, B.A. Developmental Studies (Inclusion), RSW, ECE III – Vice-President, Manitoba FASD Coalition: Chantal McClelland is Coordinator of the InSight Mentoring Program a FASD Prevention program in Thompson, MB since 2009. She is involved in a number of initiatives that promote the well-being and health of mothers at risk for substance use during pregnancy within the north. She is also former chair of FASD Coalition for Thompson and Area and held that position for several years. Chantal holds a B. A Developmental Studies from University of Winnipeg and spent her internship learning of interventions from the FASD Behavioural Specialists in Winnipeg. Chantal lives with her husband Mark in Paint Lake Provincial Park and spends any free moment she can with her daughter Adrianna; granddaughter Claire and grand dog George.
Debbie Cielen – Treasurer, Manitoba FASD Coalition: Debbie is the Elder/Director of Indigenous Spiritual Care Service at Life’s Journey Inc. located in Winnipeg. Debbie has been involved in the social service delivery field for over thirty years in addictions treatment, coordinated and supervised the first indigenous Insight Mentoring program in Manitoba and Indian Residential Schools Program. Debbie has been intricate to cultural ceremonies and practices for over 28 years. Debbie is a sundancer, pipe carrier, sweatlodge and full moon ceremonial conductor.
Andrea Auch is a counsellor at the FASD Family Support, Education and Counselling Program of New Directions. She has also worked in the fields of mental health and school therapy. Andrea has a degree in Occupational Therapy and is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba. She has a continued interest and passion in working to support children with FASD and their families.
Twyla Gilroy is an FASD Diagnostic Coordinator with the Manitoba FASD Network. She is employed by Prairie Mountain Health, providing service to the Dauphin/Swan River area (August 2016-present). Prior to this, she was involved in FASD prevention as the InSight Mentor Coordinator in Dauphin (2010-2016), and worked in the addictions field (2001-2010). Twyla holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and is a registered member of the Manitoba College of Social Workers. Twyla has been an active member of the Manitoba FASD Coalition (and Manitoba Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy) since 2010. She served on the newsletter committee for several years. Twyla has a passion for supporting families and reducing the stigma related to FASD.
Carie McIntosh is the Jordan’s Principle-Child First Initiative Services Coordinator for Opaskwayak Health Authority on Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Opaskwayak, Manitoba (July 2016 to present). Previous to the announcement of funding for Jordan’s Principle, she was the Disability Research Advocate for OCN where one of the main goals of her position was to secure equity in service provision for people living on reserve (July 2013-July 2016). Formerly, 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. From 2017 to 2019 she was Rural President/Rural Co-chair of the MB FASD Coalition. In her time away from her desk, Carie is the mom/chauffeur to three wonderful teens/pre-teens (Olivia, Diana, and Carter) and enjoys camping, being in nature, scrolling FB, and walking in 10k races.
Helene Estrada is the Regional Peer Support & Training Officer for Success Through Advocacy and Role-Modelling, known as The STAR Program, an FASD Prevention Program in First Nations communities. Prior to this, she started her career in social services, mental health and addictions as a frontline worker who supported individuals in community, residential, corrections and child welfare settings. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and received formal training from Manitoba Corrections and Justice Institute of British Columbia on Juvenile Corrections and Youth Probation. Helene values learning from experiential people – most especially the individuals she continues to support and advocate for.