Past Events

Renfrew County FASD Support Group – November meeting

Language: English
Location: 114 Argyle Street South, Renfrew
Cost: Free
When: November 27, 2019: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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Are you providing care for a child, youth or adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or living with FASD? If so, we invite you to join others walking a similar journey to share your successes, discuss challenges, and learn more about community supports and resources available for you. Each month, a guest speaker will join the group to discuss a wide range of topics, from assessment and neurobehavioural approaches to sensory considerations and education.

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Guest speaker: Jeff Noble, Co-Founder, of FASD Forever

Issues of Substance 2019 – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Language: French, English
Location: Westin Hotel, Ottawa
Cost: $300-$895
When: November 25-27, 2019
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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction invites you to attend CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019 conference. The three-day event takes place November 25–27, 2019, in the Westin Ottawa Hotel and is part of National Addictions Awareness Week.

This year, CCSA is pleased to have the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a national partner for our event. As part of their involvement, there will be a strong mental health and addiction focus in the conference program.

The theme for this year’s conference is Evidence and Perspectives, Compassion and Action, reflecting the importance of relying on research and real-world experience as we identify sustainable solutions to meet the needs of Canadians suffering from substance use disorder.

Ontario Symposium: Alcohol Harms Reduction on University & College Campuses

Language: English
Location: Victoria University, 91 Charles St W, Alumni Hall, Toronto, ON M5S 1K5
Cost: Free
When: November 22, 2019, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
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The annual Ontario Symposium on Alcohol Harms Reduction on University and College Campuses is co-sponsored by the Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), and Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

View a copy of the most updated agenda here.

The morning Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Sherry Stewart, PhD, FRSC, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Neuroscience, Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health, Dalhousie University; Site Lead Researcher for The Caring Campus Project.

This event is free for all participants.

This event is happening on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at Victoria College, University of Toronto (St. George Downtown Campus) from 9:30a.m.-2:30 p.m. (morning registration from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.).

PEP-AH is a network of almost 40 Canadian universities and colleges, the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and Universities Canada, that is using an evidence-based framework, and encouraging collaborations to help reduce alcohol harms and address drinking culture on Canadian campuses.

Student voices are key to PEP-AH’s success; staff and faculty are encouraged to bring students on your campus who are engaged in health promotion/alcohol harm reduction- related work. The CCSA can support student travel costs. If you are a student registrant, please e-mail for more information.

We ask all attendees to complete this online registration form by Friday, November 8th, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Alcena (

FASD Learning Series

Language: English
Location: Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent 355 Lark Street Chatham
Cost: Free
When: November 21, 2019, 5:30pm
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Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent presents: FASD Learning Series with Eryn Darling. An evening event focusing on a nutritional approach to FASD with Eryn Darling, registered Holistic Nutritionist and Child and Youth Care Practitioner.

November 21, 2019, 5:30pm
CTC-CK, Everyone welcome

Register by calling Jessica Constancio at 519-354-0520 ext.259 or

From a FASD Diagnosis to an Understanding – Mississauga

Language: English
Location: Peel Children’s Centre, 1230 Central Parkway West, Mississauga
Cost: Free
When: Nov. 20, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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The workshop From a FASD Diagnosis to an Understanding will help you to:
• Have access to a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) worker and a social worker.
• Gain an understanding of the FASD brain and challenges associated with it.
• Learn about what causes FASD and how prevalent it is in our population.

For those who live in the Region of Peel and have a confirmed or suspected FASD diagnosis.


FASD: Tools, Training and Discussion For Professionals, Parents And Caregivers

Language: English
Location: Celebrations 35 Lindsay St N, Lindsay ON
Cost: $50 for Professionals and Community Partners. No fee for Parents and Caregivers.
When: November 8, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and November 15, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm **Must be available to attend both days.
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With Sheila Burns we will take a look at a fresh approach to FASD and training. The “My Kind of Mind” booklet and the “At A Glance” companion card are designed to explore multiple neurodevelopmental factors common in FASD.

Having obtained a diagnosis later in life, RJ Formanek has a number of unique insights about living with FASD. It is these nuggets of information, learned along the way, that he shares with others in hope of fostering a better understanding. RJ will talk about the developmental nature of FASD and what becoming an adult entails in today’s society.



Morning snack and lunch provided.
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Contact Kim Carson
705-876-9245 ext. 231

Strategies for Understanding FASD Behaviour with Karmen Krahn

Language: English
Location: Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park 110 Courtneypark Drive East, Mississauga
Cost: $14
When: November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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An opportunity for parents, caregivers and others who work with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to gain a deeper understanding of the physiological roots of challenging behaviour. Participants will leave with a comprehensive framework into which your best practices already fit, and some wildly practical strategies for bringing your hunches and assessments to life.

About the speaker: Karmen is certified in Applied Behaviour Analysis, has 20 years of experience in the field of behavioural therapy, and is the author of the FASD Learning Series Toolkit. She is a former member of the FASD Speakers Bureau and is currently a Behavior Consultant to the school district in Salmon Arm, B.C.


Cost: $14

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Note: Registration does not include lunch or snacks.

For all other inquiries please contact Meera Sidhu, FASD Worker at 905-855-2690, ext. 2117. Please note that all registrations and payments must be completed through Eventbrite.


FASD & Sexuality

Language: English
Location: Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa
Cost: Free
When: November 6 at 7 pm
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Presentation on FASD & Sexuality by Pascal Gagné:

Explaining consent and sexuality in concrete terms to someone with FASD or developmental disabilities, dealing with inapp

ropriate sexual behaviors, and more.

For more info, please contact: FASD Group of Ottawa at or 613-446-4144






Language: English
Location: Richcraft Hall at Carleton University, Ottawa
Cost: Early bird rate is $70 for Caregiver/Family Member/Individual with FASD, and $140 for professionals and agency staff before October 7, 2019. After October 7th, rate for Caregiver/Family Member/Individual with FASD will be $90 and rate for professionals and agency staff will be $160 (lunch and snacks included).
When: November 2, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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When: Saturday, November 2nd *Further details on attached poster and online link below.

Cost: Early bird rate for professionals and agency staff is $140 before October 7, 2019. After October 7th, rate will be $160 (lunch and snacks included).

How to register: You can register for the Symposium online at this link .

You will be offered the opportunity to choose between four breakout sessions in the afternoon. More info in the attached flyer.





PHO Grand Rounds: Developing and testing alcohol labels as a tool to inform and support safer alcohol consumption

Language: English
Location: 480 University Ave, 3rd floor Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 - Boardroom 350 and Webinar
Cost: Free
When: Oct 29, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for chronic disease and premature death at both provincial and national levels. Alcohol warning labels are one recommended strategy in a comprehensive approach to curbing alcohol consumption and related harms at a population level. The World Health Organization recommends health warning labels to raise consumer awareness about the negative consequences of alcohol. More than 47 countries have policies that require alcohol warning labels, however, label content and format varies across jurisdictions and evidence to inform labels is limited.

The research described in this presentation focused on the development of alcohol labels with a cancer warning, Canada’s national drinking guidelines, and standard drink information.  These labels were tested in a real-world setting to determine the extent to which evidence-informed alcohol labels are an effective tool for supporting informed and safer alcohol consumption in Canada. This session provides an overview of the alcohol label studies, highlights key results and discusses lessons learned and potential implications.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize alcohol labelling policies and practices in Canada and globally
  2. Describe the results of the program of research that designed and tested an evidence-informed alcohol labelling intervention in Yukon
  3. Discuss potential implications for alcohol labelling practices and regulations in Yukon and other jurisdictions in Canada

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Presenter(s): Dr. Erin Hobin

Dr. Erin Hobin (PhD) is a Collaborating Scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria. She is also a Scientist at Public Health Ontario, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, and has an appointment (status only) at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating population level interventions for chronic disease prevention, specifically in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol control. The primary purpose of Erin’s work is to impact decisions and produce solution-oriented research, by generating evidence to inform interventions for chronic disease prevention.

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