About POPFASD

“Have team. Will travel.”

Overview

Who we are

The Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD) is funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and has been in existence since 2006. We are located in Prince George, British Columbia and hosted by School District No. 57. A multi-district Steering Committee offers advice, direction and feedback. The mandate of our program is to increase educators’ capacity to meet the learning needs of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

We share current research, ideas, strategies, training and resources in order to build capacity in school districts for students with FASD and their teachers. We also liaise with designated POPFASD District Partners from each district; this allows us to communicate through one key individual from each district regarding in-service and support need. We are a team of 3 teachers, a 1.0 Technical Analyst, and a 0.5 Office Assistant.

What we do

  • Provide access to resources via the website
  • Deliver online eLearning videos
  • Facilitate and present workshops as requested
  • Facilitate and present online FASD training
  • Provide supports and resources for District Partners
  • Liaise with other Ministries
  • Synthesize and share current FASD research
  • Provide consultation and support to teachers
  • Consult and liaise with the experts in the field of FASD
  • Facilitate information sharing

Program Goals

  • Provide support and training for educators of students living with FASD
  • Build district capacity to serve students in their home school districts by working with a District Partner
  • Provide online access to information, eLearning videos, resources and training
  • Synthesize and share current research and successful practices to support students with FASD
  • Share knowledge and practice
  • Liaise with school districts, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ministry of Health, and our multi-district Steering Committee

Our Team

Stacey Wakabayashi

Position
Senior Teacher Consultant
Email
swakabayashi@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2019)

An original member of POPFASD, Stacey has been teaching since 1989; 6 years as a special ed teacher/admin, 14 years as an elementary classroom teacher. He has a Bachelor's degree in Education, a Master's Degree in Education, and a TLite diploma. His family includes his amazing wife, his bright and beautiful daughter, his creative and charismatic son, and rambunctious grand-dog.

Meredith Keery

Position
Teacher Consultant
Email
mkeery@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2024)

Meredith has been teaching since 1989, with experience in Prince George, Kincolith, Nanaimo (college), Warrington England (sixth form college) and Lesotho Africa (high school). She has a Bachelor's of Education with PDP certificate from SFU and a minor Learning Disabilities and Psychology, and a Master's in Special Education from UNBC. Her two daughters are both in the performing arts and live in Toronto. She and her husband enjoy their house on a lake and their lovely garden. Her husband is busy with his own engineering company, but also takes time to enjoy his family and surroundings.

Stacey Kelsh

Position
Teacher Consultant
Email
skelsh@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2023)

Stacey has been teaching since 2008 in Prince George. He has a Bachelor's of Education and recently completed a Master's degree in Education. He has a lovely wife and four daughters, which leave him feeling a little outnumbered.

Matt Ferris

Position
Technical Analyst
Email
mferris@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2021)

Matt has been in IT since 2001. He joined the School District in 2006 and has been with POPFASD since 2011. He is a certified Linux engineer through the Linux Foundation. Outside of work he enjoys running, programming, gaming, and spending time with his wife, young daughter, and two mischievous dogs.

Lynne McEwen

Position
School Accounts Clerk/Office Assistant
Email
lmcewen@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2020)

Lynne has an accounting and clerical background and has been working in the School District since 2005, and has been bossing the POPFASD team around since 2007. She has two beautiful adult daughters and two grandbabies as well as a BC Hydro-employed husband.

Curtis MacDonald

Position
Principal, Centre for Learning Alternatives (School District No. 57 Prince George)
Email
cmacdonald@sd57.bc.ca
Phone
250-564-6574 (local 2003)

Curtis is the supervising administrator for POPFASD.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

3400 Westwood Drive
Prince George, BC, Canada
V2N 1S1

Phone numbers, email addresses

  info@fasdoutreach.ca
  250-564-6475 (local 2020)

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