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About the Symposium

Welcome to the 6th Annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Symposium featuring a new look at addressing mental health including stigma faced by people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

This Symposium is for anyone who recognises that they interact regularly with people with FASD – at work, at school, at home and in the community – and want advice on strategies to improve these interactions.

This conference is designed to not only provide tools for working with individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder but will also provide in-depth learning for those working in the education, health, mental health, child development, law enforcement, corrections, child welfare, and social services sectors.

We all have a role to play in increasing awareness about how alcohol impacts unborn babies and supporting people with FASD and their families. FASD affects +/– 1.5 M Canadians – There is no safe amount, no safe type, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Disclaimer

Some presentations broadcast at this conference may contain material that may be triggering or traumatic for some viewers, including stories about violence resulting from the intersection of disability, poverty, racism, sexism, and discrimination.

If viewing these presentations causes you discomfort or psychological distress, you may reach out to the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program (FARP) team for support (fasd@able2.org; 613-761-9522 ext. 234) or contact the following resource links: 

  • Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region 613-238-1089 (24/7)
  • Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 (toll free, 24/7); Text support 45645 (4 p.m.-12 a.m. ET daily)

Children and youth may call a counsellor at Kids Helpline at 1-800-668-6868.

If you already have a Social Worker, Psychologist or Psychiatrist as part of your care team, please reach out to them directly. Emergency Rooms have an on-call Social Worker and Psychiatrist if you feel you need a more immediate response.

Speakers
Keynotes
Madelaine McCracken
Hosts
Sylvie Bigras
Fluently trilingual, Sylvie Bigras is an accomplished emcee and facilitator who has conducted national and expert stakeholder consultations, strategic planning, and organizational development projects. 

She has hosted numerous major events including the Nelson Mandela Citizenship Ceremony, State Dinners for George W. Bush, Vicente Fox Quesada, Prince Charles and other dignitaries.

A specialist in Communications at international sporting events, she has worked at 15 Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and 5 Pan American Games. She has narrated numerous videos and presentations and is the “voice”​ of the Canadian War Museum.
Special Guests
Heather Lacey
Executive Director, ABLE2

Heather Lacey is currently the Executive Director of ABLE2. Her background includes leadership positions with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services (now known as the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services) and the British Columbia Delegated Indigenous Child and Family Service Agency.

She holds a BA in Psychology and Law and has certificates in Computer Programming and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Her life’s journey has taken her from Ottawa to South Korea, remote First Nation communities in northern Ontario, British Columbia, inner-city Edmonton and back to Ottawa.
Help Desk
Bailey D'Angelo
Admin @ iSPARK Consulting
Riley Denver
Marketing @ iSPARK Consulting
Heather Harcott
iSPARK Consulting
Dave Tubbe
Event Services @ Event Production Solutions
Schedule
24
Start
8:55 AM
End
3:15 PM
Bailey D'Angelo
Riley Denver
Heather Harcott
Dave Tubbe
Help Desk Open (LIVE) / Ouverture du bureau de soutien (EN DIRECT)
Start
9:00 AM
End
9:45 AM
Breakout #1 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
9:00 AM
End
9:45 AM
Breakout #2 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
9:00 AM
End
9:45 AM
Breakout #3 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
9:00 AM
End
9:45 AM
Séance en petit groupe #1 TBA (PRÉ-ENREGISTRÉ SUR DEMANDE EN FRANÇAIS – 25 MINS)
Start
9:00 AM
End
9:45 AM
Séance en petit groupe #2 TBA (PRÉ-ENREGISTRÉ SUR DEMANDE EN FRANÇAIS – 25 MINS)
Start
9:15 AM
End
10:00 AM
FASD Perspectives Video Series / Séries de vidéo sur les perspectives du TSAF (BILINGUAL / BILINGUE / PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND / PRÉ-ENREGISTRÉ SUR DEMANDE – 6 MINS)
Start
10:30 AM
End
10:55 AM
Sylvie Bigras
Heather Lacey
Opening Remarks / Propos d’ouverture (BILINGUAL & LIVE / BILINGUE ET EN DIRECT– 25 MINS)
Start
11:00 AM
End
12:00 PM
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION TBA
Start
12:00 PM
End
1:00 PM
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION TBA
Start
1:00 PM
End
1:45 PM
Breakout #4 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
1:00 PM
End
1:45 PM
Breakout #5 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
1:00 PM
End
1:45 PM
Breakout #6 TBA (PRE-RECORDED ON-DEMAND IN ENGLISH - 25 MINS
Start
1:00 PM
End
1:45 PM
Séance en petit groupe #3 TBA (PRÉ-ENREGISTRÉ SUR DEMANDE EN FRANÇAIS – 25 MINS)
Start
1:00 PM
End
1:45 PM
Séance en petit groupe #4 TBA (PRÉ-ENREGISTRÉ SUR DEMANDE EN FRANÇAIS – 25 MINS)
Start
2:00 PM
End
2:30 PM
Sylvie Bigras
Q & A with Session Presenters hosted by Sylvie Bigras (30 MINS)
Start
2:45 PM
End
3:15 PM
Sylvie Bigras
Closing Remarks / Mots de la fin (BILINGUAL REPLAY OF LIVE SESSION / REPRISE BILINGUE DE LA SESSION EN DIRECT – 12 MINS)