Hi there! My name is Pateresa and I’m the new Transition Coordinator at the LCFASD.
I started in this role in the beginning of September after graduating from the Community Social Work program at Portage College. I have spent the past two summers working as a Camp Leader at our Summer Camp located out at French Bay. There, I learned in-depth about FASD and how to work with individuals with an FASD diagnosis.
My summer camp experiences have highly prepped me for my new role. As the Transition Coordinator, I work with youth aged 15-24 diagnosed with FASD. I work one-on-one with youth and their caregivers so they can start thinking about their future and identify the areas they may need extra support. Together, we create a transition plan to help move into adulthood that benefits both the client and their support systems. I love working with teens, so this is the perfect age group for me! I’m excited to see where my new job opportunity takes me.
On a personal note, I am originally from Newfoundland but have been living in Alberta for 18 years. I have lived in Cold Lake for just over 2 years and I’m happy to call it my new home. I moved here to pursue my education and to be with my partner. I have a passion for music! I play guitar and I’m currently learning accordion. I also write lyrics and collect vinyl records. I also have a huge love for animals. When I see a dog, I’m the first one to pet it!
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.