The next FASD 101 evidence-based training will be offered virtually on October 13th. Registration is now open. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fasd-101-virtual-training-tickets-1192830137
fasdNL Staff Announcement
Thursday, September 24, 2020
fasdNL held its annual AGM and biannual Strategic Planning Day on September 14th and 15th, following the very successful FASD Awareness Week in Newfoundland and Labrador from September 7th to 11th. It has been a very exciting year for our organization and we would like to share some updates on our growth.
In the spring of this year, fasdNL was fortunate to receive a one-year funding commitment from the Department of Health and Community Services that provided the resources to hire our first full-time staff person, in the position of Executive Director. Katharine (Kate) Dunbar Winsor was appointed to this position after serving as the coordinator for fasdNL from 2015 to 2019. Kate completed her Master’s in Sociology at Memorial University in 2018, producing a master’s thesis entitled, “If we get beyond the stereotype”: professionals' experiences attending to FASD, social supports and stigma in Newfoundland and Labrador, the results of which she presented widely and turned into a published paper. Kate is currently a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, and her dissertation will explore the experiences of women, particularly mothers, formerly involved in the justice system, examining their substance use-related needs and challenges. Kate’s fervent dedication to these themes and issues has been critical to the creation, development, and growth of fasdNL and our organization credits much of its success (and organization) to the ceaseless efforts of Kate. To highlight some of her work, please check out our FASD in NL Landscape Paper, Shining a Light on FASD in Newfoundland and Labrador report, and our 2020 Annual Report. fasdNL extends a very big official welcome to Kate as its first Executive Director!
fasdNL, in association with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, also received a Canada Summer Jobs grant in 2020 to hire a full-time student in the position of research assistant to support the work of fasdNL. Gillian Foley, who has a Certificate in Criminology and is currently finishing her Psychology Honours Major (Bachelor of Science) atMemorial University was hired in this position. Gillian will continue to work part-time with fasdNL throughout the fall of 2020, thanks to a student career experience program through Memorial University. Part of this position is running fasdNL Team’s account: @FASDNL_Team
We are very grateful for the immense work of both Gillian and Kate and look forward to continuing to grow fasdNL’s capacity and initiatives!
To help spread awareness and accurate messaging about FASD, fasdNL invited municipalities to proclaim September 7-11 as FASD Awareness Week. Many municipalities have accepted the invitation to issue proclamations. Due to the pandemic, proclamations are being shared in a variety of ways including youtube channels, social media accounts, and Rogers TV streaming.
We thank all municipalities who took part and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for their awareness efforts. Together, we are putting FASD on the Map!
We are inviting individuals and organizations to participate in the FASD Rock Art Challenge!
All you need for this family-friendly activity are some rocks, some paint and a little creativity.
Paint your rocks with positive FASD awareness messages and images or colours.
Here are some suggestions for positive messages to paint on the rocks:
FASD = My Superpower!
Be kind, Be FASD Aware
Learn more about FASD fasdNL.ca
We've included a few inspiring examples!
Once you've created your rock art, hide them in parks and walking trails in your community in early September.
Don't forget to add our hashtag #RedShoes4FASDNL on the rock itself!
During the month of September, snap a picture of the FASD rock art that you created or found and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@fasdNL).
Move for FASD - International FASD awareness day is quickly approaching (September 9).
This year we are excited to launch Move for FASD across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Interested in participating?
1. During the week of September 7-11 (or anytime before) register online ($5 or donation) at https://bit.ly/2CwYOkw
2. Move! (walk, run, dance, bike)
3. Post a selfie using #RedShoes4FASDNL
4. Be entered to win 1 of 5 $50 gift cards
This latest resource developed by fasdNL provides important information about options to seek an FASD assessment or diagnosis in Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you have any questions regarding the information in this resource, please email contact@fasdNL.ca
Canada FASD Research Network and Centre of Excellence for Women's Health have released a joint statement about the prevention of #FASD during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the full statement here:
Our new resource for healthcare professionals offers suggested questions and conversations starters to discuss alcohol and pregnancy. The resource is available for download here.
We are offering our evidence-based FASD 101 training virtually in May. Register online or email email@example.com for more information! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fasd-101-training-tickets-102998978718
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