Making Connections Conference 2013

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 14:50

Myles Himmelreich - 'an FASD Success Story'

Free Event!

This event is for EVERYONE and may be particularly interesting to parents/caregivers of people with FASD (or other brain differences), people who live with FASD and their supports; social workers, community service providers, justice workers, educators and recreation workers.     

Where: Thunder Bird Hall, Campbell River, BC 

When: 9 - 11 am, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013   

FASD - Neurobehavioral: A Brain Based Approach

This workshop is based on a neurobehavioral framework that evolved from the clinical practice of Diane Malbin.  Successful projects testing this approach have been conducted locally and internationally, including the British Columbia Province-wide cross-Ministry approach to addressing FASD.  Diane is also a parent of two adults with FASD.

This workshop is organized by the FASD Awareness Committee. 

Presenter: Diane Malbin

Date and Time: October 29, 2013, 9am to 4 pm

Cost: $125 (Refreshments, Baked Goods and lunch provided)

Where: Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave., Kelowna, BC

To register, go to>the Learning Center>eReg

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Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:18

Prevention of FASD: What do we know? Are we doing it?

Alberta FASD Learning Series

Prevention of FASD: What do we know? Are we doing it?
Nancy Poole

Date and Time:  September 26, 2013, 9 -11 am (MDT)

Learning Objectives:

  • Become informed about recent evidence about what works to prevent FASD
  • Consider the implications of the evidence for policy and practice
  • Explore how programs are incorporating the current findings and producing more evidence

Webcasting and Registration Process

There is no fee to attend. Registration and sign-in is necessary for receipt of a certificate of attendance.

Please visit and go to “Events” to register and for more info.

All sessions are broadcast live from the main Boardroom located on the 12th Floor of 9940-106 Street.

Faye Burles and Lia Vivian speak about FASD

Fay Burles, POPFASD District Partner for School District 73 and Lia Vivian, Key Worker for Insight Support Services discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  The discussion is prompted by the Western Canada Theatre production of "Dreary and Izzy"  which is playing at the Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops.  FASD is an important element in this play.


WCT Spotlight - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from Heather Cant on Vimeo.


Dreary and Izzy - A Play by Tara Beagan

In turns poignant and funny, Dreary and Izzy is the story of Deirdre and her adopted sister, Isabelle. Deirdre is barely staying afloat as Isabelle's sole caregiver when gorgeous vacuum cleaner salesman Freddie Seven Horses arrives, sparking in each sister hopes for new opportunities and perhaps even love.  The plays addresses elements related to FASD.

This play can be seen between September 12 and September 29, 2013 at the Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops, BC.

For more information, go to

Study associates poor academic achievement and maternal drinking

RESEARCHERS from WA and the UK have linked heavy drinking and binge drinking, even occasionally during pregnancy, to children’s academic achievement in reading, writing and spelling; and this impact is related to the trimester in which the exposure occurred.

To read more about this study, go to this Science Network article of September 5, 2013 written by Rebecca Graham.

Webinar: Interventions for Working with Middle School Students with an FASD

Webinar: Interventions for Working with Middle School Students with an FASD

Carson Holtz shares his experiences with in living with FASD

Carson Holtz is a Vernon resident living with FASD.  Following his diagnisis at 8 years old, this 33 year old has learned strategies to help with his disabilities.  A poet and songwriter, Carson works to promote awareness of ways to prevent FASD.  To read his story published in the Vernon Morning Star, click here.


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