Hi there, I have been with the Lakeland Centre for FASD as the Executive Director since it began in 2001. Prior to this I was on the Lakeland FAS Committee that started hosting conferences, training and prevention campaigns for FASD since 1994. During that time, I have seen many changes in the field and had the wonderful experience of seeing the agency grow from 4 staff to over 50 around the region.
Although there are still many gaps in service for those with FASD, the Lakeland region is years ahead of other areas of Canada. I am very proud of the work our staff do in the Lakeland area. With our central office in Cold Lake, three satellite offices, 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre, a transition apartment, a camp facility and more than 10 programs offered, there is a lot to be proud of.
Over the last 20 years or so, I have raised two children in Cold Lake who have now gone on to post-secondary education in psychology and cooking. So I should be a well-adjusted and well fed parent! In my spare time, I am also the Executive Director for the Canada FASD Research Network. This is exciting work to fuel the research to improve our services here at home.
My role as Executive Director is lead the organization in strong economic times and in lean years to maintain the quality of the work, continue to work to meet the gaps in service, and build a sustainable agency. I love my job! This picture is me with the 2016 Board of Directors Chair with my 15 year service award.
The Lakeland Centre for FASD provides cost-free programs and services in the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Lac la Biche areas, as well as on First Nations and Métis Settlements through Alberta.