August Frontline Newsletter

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Here is the August edition of the Frontline Newsletter.  Enjoy!


August 2014

August 5 Supports and EFAN Meetings

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10_-Purple-DaisyThe next Supports  and Services meeting and EFAN Member’s meeting will be held on August 5 at DECSA, 11515 71 Street.  The Supports and Services meeting will begin at 8:30, with the EFAN Member’s meeting to follow at 9:30.

At this meeting we will be reviewing documents that will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.  Please bring with you copies of the Year End Review and the Auditors Report that can be found under the Annual General Meeting Tab on this website.

Please see attached agenda

August 2014

August Frontline Workers Meeting

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CaptureAttached is the link for the August Frontline Worker’s Meeting.  Please note that the date for the meeting is on August 19 and will be held on the lower level at Bent Arrow in Room 6.  Hope to see you all there.

Aug Frontline Meeting Agenda

NWR FASD Society – MacKenzie Network Employment Opportunity

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Housing Director

NWR FASD Society is currently recruiting a Housing Director to take the lead on our exciting new Supportive Housing Initiative. This innovative and unique initiative is intended to support individuals with a FASD diagnosis within a permanent supportive housing environment. This five year provincially funded (through Human Services) pilot project commences in September, 2014. NWR FASD Society is a supportive and forward thinking organization and a pioneer in providing effective and quality services to individuals and families impacted by FASD in the Mackenzie Region. We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential; has experience with project management; is enthusiastic and hardworking; and always up for an exciting challenge.


-         University/college degree with experience in Housing program coordination/development

-         Knowledgeable in project management

-         Proficiency in the use of computers for : word processing, simple accounting Data base management, spreadsheets, email and internet

-         Experience with housing or residential projects

-         Experience in a supervisory role

-         Experience working with individuals with FASD


Basic Responsibilities:

-         Plan project including but not limited to: policy and procedures, develop forms including data base, record and file information, research and assess data

-         Collaborate with other residential programs to utilize knowledge base and experience

-         Report to and collaborate with Executive Director

-         Communicate, verbally and written, project progress to board, committee and stakeholders

-         Collaborate with community partners to develop understanding of need of project in region

-         Work within a group setting to establish understanding of client base this project will be for

-         Work with the evaluation team to ensure accurate evaluation of the initiative’s effectiveness

-         Supervise housing staff and ensure that policies and procedures are being adhered to



-         $48,000.00 – $54,000.00 dependent on experience

-         Comprehensive benefit package


Application Deadline: August 15, 2014


Please submit your resume with cover letter to:

Wanda Beland, Executive Director

PO Box 3668, High Level, AB T0H 1Z0

Phone: (780) 926-3375

Fax: (780) 926-3376


Frontline Workers Meeting Minutes for July 8

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Here are the minutes for the July 8 Frontline Worker’s Meeting.  Also, Please note:  August meeting will be held on August 19 and the September meeting will be held on September 16.

FASD Frontline meeting minutes July 8 2014

Working Memory Training opportunities for children between 4 to 13 years old

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Working memory is an important skill that helps children meet daily demands in the classroom. For example, children use their working memory when they are asked to keep multiple-step instructions in mind and use that information to solve a problem or complete a task.

In this study, we offer a 5-week computerized working memory training (Cogmed) for eligible participants.

To be eligible for this study, your child MUST be between 4 and 13 years old, use English as the first language at home, AND fulfil one of the following criteria:

1. For FASD group: Children have a confirmation of prenatal alcohol exposure with or without a formal diagnosis of FASD.

2. For Preterm group: Children born with gestational age ≤ 32 weeks and/ or birth weight ≤ 2500g.

3. For Control group: Children are developing typically. Have no known genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism) and significant motor/sensory impairments (e.g., cerebral palsy, blindness).

If you participate in this study, you and your child will come the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 3 times to take part in tasks testing your child’s IQ, attention and working memory.

Your parking on the testing days will be compensated and your child will receive a small toy and a $25 gift card at the end of each testing session.

If you have any questions about this research or are interested in participating in this study, please contact: Clara Lee at 780-735-7999 extension 15546 or email at


July 2014 Fronline Newsletter

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Frontline July


Summer at last!  Enjoy the latest addition of the FASD Frontline Newsletter while sitting on the patio enjoying a refreshing Mocktail!

If you have any suggestions for newsletter articles, please send us an e-mail.

July 2014

EFAN Supports and Members Meeting Update

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Due to water issues with the DECSA office building, we had to cancel todays Supports and Services meeting and the Membership meeting.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone and for the short notice we gave.

We wanted to give you a quick update however.

The Year End Report is coming along well.  This year’s funding has been sent to all agencies.  However, the portion of the funding that was for the wage incentives will not be included in the amount that you receive.  This portion of the funding will be coming at a later date.

We wanted to let you know today that we have been accepted by the K-Days committee to participate in the K-Days Parade!  This is very exciting news.  We are hoping to get a big commitment of participants to join us in the event.

The Barrier Reduction Fund Evaluation Report has been completed.  We will review this document at the next meeting in July.  It has some very interesting findings.

Don’t forget to pay your membership dues.  As well, we are still looking for RSVP’s for the August 12 AGM.

Also, please note:  The July meeting will be held on July 15 due to the Canada Day Holiday.

Looking forward to seeing you all in July.  If you can not make that meeting, could you please send Gail a quick e-mail.  Thanks