History

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The Rural FASD Support Network was founded in 2018 by a small group of dedicated volunteers with personal knowledge of, and experience with FASD. We serve the counties of Lanark and Leeds & Grenville within Eastern Ontario but welcome all across the province of Ontario.  We became a non-profit corporation in 2019 and currently serve 156 members. 

Vision

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We recognize that the journey to finding workable solutions takes time and can be extremely challenging. However, we believe that with the proper supports, individuals and families impacted by FASD can achieve success and reach their full potential. 

Mission

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Our goal is to help others navigate the complex challenges related to living with FASD.  Utilizing the lived experiences and expertise of peers, families, and professionals we focus on helping those affected by FASD access resources, services, and information that can best support them.

Purpose

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Our purpose is to connect and provide caregivers and individuals impacted by FASD with appropriate local supports. These supports are in collaboration with medical professionals, community service providers, support groups, local media, researchers, educators, as well as government ministries and representatives.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists solely of individuals with FASD and their caregivers to guarantee direct input and decision-making within the organization. We use the DACI model for our structural hierarchy and follow the motto With Us, not For Us.

Ashley Delle Palme – Individual with FASD rep

Shelley More – Chair

Mary-Kate Bridson – Co-Chair

Rob More – Secretary

Steve Bridson – Treasurer

Michelle Kilner – Kids Inclusive Parent Liaison and member-at-large

Diane Greer – member-at-large and Leeds-Grenville rep

David Laliberte – member-at-large and health system advisor

Derek Leach – member-at-large and IT rep

Malcolm McIntosh – member-at-large and Calvary Bible Church liaison

By-Laws

AGM Meeting Minutes

AGM Meeting Minutes - Feb 15, 2020

Feb 15, 2020

Feb 20, 2021

“It is estimated that 4% of the Canadian population lives with FASD, many of whom are undiagnosed”

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”