The Central Alberta FASD Network is a non-profit organization offering community based, cost-free services to persons living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) across the lifespan, and their caregivers. With programs offered in Red Deer and surrounding area, Rocky Mountain House and surrounding area, South Central, Drumheller, Hanna, Trochu, Coronation, Castor and Three Hills, we are part of a system wide FASD Network model that has made Alberta a leader in service delivery, both in Canada and internationally. We offer education and training, outreach and prevention, and assessment and diagnosis services.
Highlights from the Network
• New Carer Support Group starts on January 12th,
• FASD 101 training sessions available online for:
o January 20th, 27th, February 25th, and March 25th,
• We have an “In This Together” Squad , a group for those impacted by FASD,
• We can customize training sessions and presentation to meet your needs for: adults, teens, professionals, personal reference, etc.,
• We’re on Instagram! Follow us @centralalbertafasdnetwork,
• Resources are available, let us get you connected,
• We are Hiring!
For more information on any of our highlights and how to get connected,
please contact 403-342-7499 for details.
The network is currently hiring for the position of Community Outreach & Support Worker. Closing date for this position is January 12th, 2021. Please check out https://centralfasd.org/opportunities/ for details on the position and how to apply.
Each year we celebrate an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the FASD community in the Central Alberta FASD Network region, as part of our International FASD Awareness Day on September 9th, through the new FASD Champion Award.
To kick off 2021, we are starting nominations early!
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to support those with FASD, or who is increasing awareness of FASD in their workplace or our community? Nominate them today for the FASD Champion Award!
Click here to nominate.
#FASDis an Invisible Disability: Less than 10% of individuals diagnosed with FASD have sentinel facial features
Success for me, with FASD:
“I was released from a federal institution in the fall of 2020. I’ve been able to maintain housing, I’m working, and making positive and healthy choices for myself, and I’ve been able to go through the assessment and diagnosis process, and have an FASD diagnosis.”
– 29 year old adult, diagnosed in 2020.
Jail N Bail/Save the Date
The Central Alberta FASD Network is excited about our new fundraiser in the works for February/March 2020. It’s a good old fashioned Jail N’ Bail fundraiser, but…we just had to put our own spin on it!
What is a Jail N Bail? Essentially people volunteer or are sponsored through donations, to be “arrested” and placed in our “jail” where they must raise “bail” funds by matching the donation of their sponsor.
What’s our spin? Sponsors can issue an “arrest warrant” for someone in advance of the event. This is a great opportunity for a little extra publicity as we will promote our sponsors and the “charges” on social media and advanced promotions.
For our “jailbirds, we don’t want you to be too bored while trying to raise bail, so we thought we’d do a little pampering in prison! You may just not want to raise bail at all! But please do, remember it is a fundraiser after all!
We’ll be offering a variety of pampering options while you raise bail money, such as mini makeup sessions, hair styling, mini-spa etc. We will have something for everyone and will have some extra perks such as giveaways and door prizes.
This will be an event not to be missed! Someone’s smile too big, boss too generous, maybe someone told a bad joke…get them arrested! We are also looking for volunteers to provide the pampering, and donations for giveaways and door prizes. Please contact Tammy Predovic at 403-342-7499 ext.5 for details.
Message from the Executive Director:
Happy New Year!
In 2021, the Central Alberta FASD Network is committed to serving our clients through our Network employees, our Board, our Red Deer clinic team, and our contracted agencies. An exciting development for this year will be the creation of a West Country clinic team that will provide assessment and diagnosis services in Rocky Mountain House, and at O’Chiese and Sunchild reserves. This expansion to clinic services will remove transportation barriers to individuals living outside of the Red Deer area. Additionally, the new year will bring a focus on fund raising efforts with a fun event planned for February/March, “The Jail and Bail Event”. Our fund raising and donation efforts will increase our ability to serve additional clients through outreach and support, and assessment and diagnosis services. With these awareness raising activities, we also work to remove stigma, and establish a community of practice that acknowledges FASD as a shared responsibility. My hope is that this year will be full of opportunities, new relationships, and stronger bonds with our clients, caregivers, and communities.
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