“Have team. Will travel.”


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 3.2 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

Meredith Keery

Program Lead, Teacher Consultant
250-564-6574 (local 2024)

This is my seventh year with POPFASD. I have been teaching for a very long time... since 1989! I began by teaching grade one students in Kincolith, B.C. and then taught in a high school in Lesotho, Africa for three years. From there I moved to England where I taught in a sixth form college for three years before returning to Prince George, where I have taught for 27 years. I hold my Master's in Special Education from UNBC. I continue to grow and become a better educator thanks to the learning I gain from being a part of POPFASD. My husband and I enjoy our lakeside house, our garden, and visiting our eldest daughter and son-in-law who live in Masset and our youngest daughter and son-in-law who live in Toronto.

Stacey Kelsh

Teacher Consultant
250-564-6574 (local 2023)

After traveling and teaching in lovely places such as Yellowknife, Mexico, and Montana, I decided to teach in Prince George for just one year…fast forward 14 years and I am still here and thankful to be raising a family in such a beautiful area of BC. I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Master of Education in Leadership and Administration. As an educator, I have had a variety of roles (high school and middle school Resource Teacher, intermediate classroom teacher, and sessional instructor for VIU and UNBC) which all provide valuable insight and connections to the material and concepts we share. This is my fourth year with POPFASD, and I fully appreciate the many opportunities we get to enhance teachers’ understanding of FASD and their students’ learning experiences.

Trina Chivilo

Teacher Consultant
250-564-6574 (local 2019)

Hello, my name is Trina Chivilo. I am a Classroom Teacher with 12 years of experience in Kindergarten and Music Education at a community school called Harwin Elementary. I feel deep gratitude for the colleagues, students, and family care-givers who supported my growth as a teacher and welcomed me into the fold. I believe that it “takes a community to raise a teacher” and I humbly endeavor to share what I know and learn about FASD with a great new team in a new provincial community. I was honoured with a national research prize last year (Canadian Educational Researchers' Association) for advancing teacher inquiry. I earned a BA in First Nation Studies (minor Anthropology) and a MEd in Curricular Design (focus Performative Inquiry). I sometimes teach and mentor for SFU, UNBC, and my school district. I am Metis. I love hard questions, writing songs, playing stringed instruments, and making people laugh.

Matt Ferris

Technical Lead
250-564-6574 (local 2020)

It is said that IT is an industry that never sleeps, which is fitting because as a father of three young children, neither do I. When I graduated, Y2K was still a fresh memory. After high-school I started working at an Internet Service Provider as the industry was moving from dial-up to broadband. Twitter was only a few months old when I joined School District 57, and I joined POPFASD on the 40th anniversary of the first email. A lot has changed, but a few things haven't: I love to build (mostly useful) things, I'm passionate about computing, and I tend to speak about both of these things until peoples' eyes glaze over. Fortunately, POPFASD provides many challenging, yet rewarding opportunities and is staffed with educators who champion my strengths and graciously accommodate my stretches.

James Standeven

Technical Analyst
250-564-6574 (local 2071)

I returned to my hometown of Prince George in 2019 after many years of wandering Canada, the US, and Japan. I have a degree in Computer Information Technology from Indian River State College in Florida. I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, skiing, and playing card games, board games, video games, etc. I'm happy to have the privilege of working with the great team at POPFASD, even though Matt sometimes makes my eyes glaze over with his rants, diatribes, and tangents.

Leanne Dunn

Program Office Assistant (0.5)
250-564-6574 (local 2015)

This is my third year with POPFASD. I can honestly say this is the most rewarding role that I have ever held. I keep this wonderful team organized with their day-to-day operations. I still find time for gardening, making dill pickles, puzzles, and walks; my family has recently welcomed a dog into our lives, it's a good thing I like to walk!

Lee Karpenko

Assistant Superintendent (School District No. 57 Prince George)
250-561-6800 (local 317)

Lee is the supervising administrator for POPFASD.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

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

Phone numbers, email addresses

  250-564-6574 (local 2015)

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