FASD funding awarded to B.C. communities



    VICTORIA, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Victoria Foundation has awarded funds to
40 projects throughout B.C. from the $10-million Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorder (FASD) Action Fund established by the B.C. Ministry of Children and
Family Development in March 2006.
    "FASD is the most common form of preventable brain injury in infants in
the western world," said the fund's advisory committee chair Jan Lutke. "This
brain injury is permanent and results in lifelong challenges in all areas
across the lifespan." It's estimated that for every 1,000 births in our
province, nine infants will be affected in some way by FASD.
    "These grants will promote prevention and education on FASD, and fund
projects designed to improve the quality of life for people living with the
disorder," said Victoria Foundation board chair Tom Burley. "Projects vary
from community to community according to their needs."
    The FASD Action Fund has three focuses: $2 million to promote prevention,
public education, and parent and caregiver education; $7 million for projects
that focus on improving outcomes for children and youth with FASD; and
$1 million in an endowment fund to help attract additional funding through
community contributions.
    "This government has an ongoing commitment to build the best system of
support in Canada for people with disabilities, those with special needs and
children at risk," said Children and Family Development Minister Tom
Christensen. "Supporting FASD prevention programs and support systems for
children and youth living with FASD and their families is a priority for the
Province and we're pleased to partner with the Victoria Foundation in
addressing this need."
    The Victoria Foundation is a community foundation that manages funds
gifted to them either in perpetuity or for specific purposes, such as the FASD
Action Fund. The funds or the earnings from them are then distributed through
grants for charitable purposes.
    Since 2003, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has provided
the Victoria Foundation with more than $55 million to help communities
throughout B.C. meet the needs of children, youth and their families. More
than 180 organizations and thousands of British Columbians have benefited from
these funds.
    "It's in everyone's interest that the Province invest in prevention,
education and support for mothers at risk and children born with FASD and
their families," said Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid.
    The Province proclaimed September as FASD Prevention and Support Month.
    For more information on the FASD Action Fund visit the Foundation website
at www.victoriafoundation.bc.ca.


    
    BACKGROUNDER                                          September 26, 2007
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       $2-Million FASD Action Fund: Prevention and Education Projects
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    -   Strengthening Communities - FASD Mobile Prevention, Wachiay
        Friendship Centre Society, Courtney $200,000

    -   Leaders in FASD Prevention; Cowichan Valley FAS Action Team Society,
        Duncan $185,006

    -   Nechako FASD Dialogue Centre Project; College of New Caledonia, Burns
        Lake $148,254

    -   Educating Youth: The Dangers of Consuming Alcohol During Pregnancy;
        Hey-Way'-noqu Healing Circle for Addictions Society, North Vancouver
        $120,615

    -   Creating Links - Building Action for FASD; Cranbrook Women's Resource
        Society, Cranbrook $88,000

    -   Youth Peer Education FASD Prevention; Alberni Valley FASD Community
        Action Group, Port Alberni $75,000

    -   Substance-Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention; University of
        Victoria, School of Social Work, Victoria $57,860

    -   Star FASD Production; Active Support Against Poverty, Prince George
        $51,500

    -   Mom's Mentoring Moms; FASD Community Circle, Victoria $37,785

    -   Learning for Change, Creating Chances; The New Beginning Community
        Society, Lillooet $29,423

    -   Building Community Capacity for Families Affected by FASD in Rural
        Communities; Northern Health Authority, Prince George $28,823

    -   Representation Agreements as a Tool for Personal Planning for
        Individuals with FASD; Representation Agreement Resource Centre
        Association, Vancouver $26,205

    -   Born Healthy Fathers Group; Ladysmith Resources Centre Association,
        Ladysmith $25,365

    -   Substance Use During the Childbearing Years - Developing Best
        Practices for POP; Northern Society for Domestic Peace, Smithers
        $12,040

    -   Youth Health Centre Strategy for Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy; Port
        Alberni Youth Health Society, Port Alberni $12,000

    -   Helping the Community Learn More about FASD; Community Connections
        Society, Revelstoke $11,720

    -   Bringing the Community to the Table; Northern Health Authority,
        Prince George $8,050

             $7-Million FASD Action Fund: Demonstration Projects
             ---------------------------------------------------

    -   Initiatives in the areas of Independent Living, Employment,
        Education, Addiction Recovery Programs; Whitecrow Village Camp
        Society, Nanaimo $1,035,100

    -   The Bridge Project; PLEA Community Services Society of B.C.,
        Vancouver $750,000

    -   Vancouver and Surrey FASD Collaboration Roundtables: An Inter-
        Sectoral Capacity Building Demonstration Project; Pacific Community
        Resources Society, Vancouver $552,656

    -   Support and Advocacy for Vibrant Youth; College of New Caledonia,
        Nechako-Lakes Region, Burns Lake $446,126

    -   Provincial Task Force on Sexually Exploited Youth/Sex Workers with
        FASD; Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women, Victoria
        $384,000

    -   Inclusive Communities: An Integrated FASD Support Strategy; Cowichan
        Valley FAS Action Team Society, Duncan $380,324

    -   Toward Exercise Intervention for Children with FASD: A Strength-Based
        Approach; University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford
        $347,339

    -   FASD Mother and Child Foster Home; Prostitutes Empowerment Education
        Resource Society, Victoria $315,000

    -   Circle of Elders; Vancouver Native Health Society, Vancouver $311,732

    -   Healthy Steps Women's Program; FASD Community Circle, Victoria
        $270,000

    -   Ateemak Siberian Sled dog Skool; Wachiay Friendship Centre Society,
        Courtenay $255,000

    -   Community Respite Service for Families; Vancouver Island Health
        Authority - Queen Alexandra Centre, Victoria $249,750

    -   Community Employment Experience and Placement CEEP Employment
        Project; Westcoast Genesis Society, New Westminster $245,510

    -   FASD and Sleep Disturbances: The Burden and Interventions, A
        Multidisciplinary Approach; University of British Columbia - Faculty
        of Medicine, Vancouver $225,000

    -   Expanding the Circle; Inter Tribal Health Authority, Nanaimo $210,000

    -   Taking Away the Barriers to Healthier Living; Seabird Island
        Education Society, Lalme' Iwesawtexw, Agassiz $150,000

    -   FASD Counsellor Mentorship Project for High Needs Communities;
        Tlingit Family Learning Centre, Atlin $150,000

    -   Carney Hill FASD Lifestyle; The Board of School Trustees District No.
        57 Prince George $135,000

    -   Living with FASD Comic Book and Animated Short Project; Healthy
        Aboriginal Network, Vancouver $105,000

    -   Students with FASD: Adapting Environments, Instruction and Curriculum
        to Improve their School Experience; The Board of School Trustees
        District No. 57, Prince George $103,442

    -   Ayookhll ga nits'iitszwim ahl haa'nakthl gabiswit; Gitxsan Child &
        Family Services Society, Hazelton $100,000

    -   FASD Photography and Entrepreneurial Skills Project; Ktunaxa
        Independent School System Society, Cranbrook $50,000

    -   Kaila-Holding Upright in the Palm of our Hands; Qqs (Eyes) Project
        Society, Waglisla $37,000
    





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For further information: Media contact: Sharlene Smith, Victoria
Foundation (250) 658-1583; Seamus Gordon, Public Affairs Officer, Ministry of
Children and Family Development, (250) 356-2939

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