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Metis Nation of Alberta: Community Health Nights

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Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will be hosting information nights on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. The first presentation in this series is ‘Metis 101’. Topics include Metis health, MNA governance, Metis culture, and Metis historical events. Please RSVP to Christine by Tuesday May 16, 2017 at or 780-455-2200 ext 249.


The Elizabeth Fry Society’s ‘Girls Empowered and Strong Program’.

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The Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton will be hosting a free 8-week session for girls ages 15 – 17.

The program uses discussions, activities, and art to empower girls. We help develop a strong sense of self, build relationships, learn about the issues teen girls face, and importantly, how to address them. Topics include: self-esteem, healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, self-care and coping, emotional management, and goal setting.

The free program will be running Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm Feb. 2nd – Mar. 23rd at 10523 – 100 Ave, Edmonton Alberta.

Contact Brynn with questions or to register: (780) 784-2200

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative Learning Series


Who Cares for the Caregiver?

When someone experiences a brain injury or other trauma, the family and friends of that person often take on a large portion of the care.

A presenter from Caregivers Alberta will discuss how family and friends need to first identify they are a caregiver.  Understanding why it’s important to be supported and the risks associated with stress is critical.

The session will include supports and services available, common challenges and the wellbeing of the caregiver.  There will be time for questions and feedback.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. MST
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Register now for the December 14, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Round tableRegister now for the December 14, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast

Join us for this free, one-hour webcast titled: Approaching FASD in the Classroom.

In this webcast, we will be interviewing two education professionals who have been working in Alberta’s public school system.  With experience both as a teacher in the classroom and as a counselor, they will speak to their experiences in working with individuals with FASD.  They will share stories as well as best practices and recommendations for education professionals in the system, or who will be entering the system.

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST
Speakers: Alaina Thursby and Ken Smale
Register Here
Format: Moderated interview style discussion with Q & A
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality

Alaina Thursby is the youth worker at Boyle Street Education Centre.  This is her first year at the school, although she has been working in the field of FASD for over seven years.

Ken Smale is a teacher at Boyle Street Education Centre.  He has been there for 20 of his 22 years as a teacher.

Previous webcasts are available on the FASD Website.

The FASD Learning Series helps individuals, caregivers, front-line workers and professionals learn more about FASD, and how to support persons with FASD. The educational sessions cover a broad range of topics and are accessible to all Albertans.

Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines the government’s commitment to provide awareness and prevention of FASD, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and support for individuals with FASD and their caregivers. All services and activities are built on a foundation of stakeholder engagement


Young Man Living with FASD Invited to The White House State Dinner

“After President Obama spoke to Andrew, he then said, ‘Good job dad,’ and so that was a very special moment,” said Craig, Andrew’s dad.  This must have given Andrew’s parents the validation that they needed.

Parent’s parenting children with FASD go through a lot with their loved ones.  Family and friends do not understand their struggle most of the time.  To have the president himself commend you for a job well done must have felt great.




Andrew at the state dinner


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- A young man from Indianapolis has just gotten home from doing something most Americans can only dream about.

Andrew Peterson is a Special Olympics long-distance runner, and last Friday he got a last-minute invitation to attend President Obama’s final state dinner. The 23-year-old had never been to a party like that one.

“I glanced my head around there (the door of the White House’s East Room) and that’s when my father said ‘Yeah, that’s President Obama,” he said.

As a long-time Special Olympics athlete, Andrew was chosen to represent that organization at Tuesday night’s state dinner honoring the prime minister of Italy. The guest he chose to bring was his dad Craig Peterson.

“Actually to be that close and that intimate with the President was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Craig.

Andrew was adopted at just six months old and suffers from the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. But his gift as a long-distance runner has helped him overcome challenge after challenge—getting through school, finishing miles-long races, and now, shaking hands with a president.

“It was an actual honor that they had a Special Olympian athlete come out and meet him [Obama] in person though,” said Andrew.

“After President Obama spoke to Andrew, he then said, ‘Good job dad,’ and so that was a very special moment,” said Craig.

Dad and son both say it was an evening where moment after moment brought memories they won’t ever forget. But for these Hoosiers who went to Washington, it was about more than just the majesty of a state dinner.

“We knew Andrew’s invitation was not just about him, but as a representation of all those individuals who have intellectual disabilities,” said Craig. “We felt a real responsibility to showcase the thousands of families that they matter too and their families have a voice.”

Disclaimer:  The views and opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network.

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