The Atlantic FASD Community Network is excited to announce that our blog is now live!
The blog will capture experiences and views of individuals living or working with FASD in Atlantic Canada. The first post entitled Why a blog? Understanding FASD in Atlantic Canada explains the impetus behind the blog and some FASD work underway in the four provinces.
The blog can be found through the link below. Keep an eye out for future posts!
Would you like to contribute a post on a topic of your choosing related to FASD in Atlantic Canada?
Blog posts can be 400-600 words and can be posted using full name, first name, or false name based on the author's wishes.
Send us an email at contact@fasdNL.ca
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is currently seeking feedback from all Canadians regarding the updating of Canada's low risk alcohol drinking guidelines.
The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open until April 18, 2021.
Find more information here.
Seeking research participants (until end of January 2021) on the education and care of people using methadone or Suboxone during pregnancy. Interested? Email email@example.com or call 709-777-4057.
About this research project: "This project has full ethics approval from the provincial Health Research Ethics Board.
The purpose of this study is to support and improve the obstetrical care and perinatal education provided to pregnant parents undergoing Opioid Agonist Treatment (Methadone/Suboxone) in Eastern Health.
Through private discussions with participants, held over Zoom, we wish to explore the pregnancy, delivery and immediate post-partum experience of birthing parents who were taking methadone or suboxone.
If you are interested in participating in this study please review the recruitment poster below and follow the indicated steps. New participants will be accepted until end of January, 2021."
The Atlantic FASD Community Network brings together stakeholders from the Atlantic provinces whose work focuses on or intersects with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) at the community or committee level.
The Network aims to move forward FASD initiatives in the Atlantic region through collaborative efforts around awareness, prevention, education, intervention, and knowledge mobilization.
The blog is an initiative led by the Atlantic FASD Community Network. It aims to capture the experiences and views of various individuals working or living with FASD in the Atlantic provinces.
Interested in contributing a post about your experience working or living with FASD?
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
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