FASD Awareness Day a huge success

FASD awareness

Chris Thain

Chris Thain

On Sept. 9, close to 200 community members joined with the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre (CFEC) to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The group gathered at the Donex parking lot where CFEC staff, community volunteers and RCMP members served a free barbecue lunch.

The event included activities for children and provided an opportunity to share information and resources about FASD.

Carolyn Huson, a dedicated mother, and Shirlana Vance, a courageous 100 Mile youth, both shared their personal stories about how FASD has impacted their lives.

Following lunch, the group walked together down Birch Avenue to illustrate the importance of walking alongside those in our community affected by an FASD.

The CFEC would like to thank all of those who participated in the event and the many local organizations and businesses that showed their support through donations of time, food and merchandise.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders impact everyone in our community. The best outcomes for those affected by an FASD are possible in a community that is informed, accepting and supportive.

For more information about FASD or the Key Worker Program, contact the writer at the CFEC at 250-395-5155, or e-mail athain@cariboofamily.org.