Bernadette O’Donnell B.Ed., M.Ed. (Educational Consultant and Clinic Coordinator)
Bernadette is our Educational Consultant and Clinic Coordinator. She was a school administrator and Resource Teacher who specialized in assessment and program design for youth with disabilities for over 35 years. She taught at the post-secondary level and coordinated the Adult FASD Support Program for the Calgary John Howard Society. She has published and has extensive international experience in training and professional communities.
Dr. Densmore M.D. (Physician)
Dr. Densmore is our physician on out team. He is a strong family man who has worked in his Family Medical Practice in the North Okanagan regions. He has published two books on Relationships and FASD. He is a strong advocate for his patients and especially those touched by FASD. He is an internally, recognized leader in the field of FASD and research. Dr. Densmore was a member of ten Canadian FASD Medical Experts who designed pharmaceutical guidelines for individuals with FASD.
Dr. Kim McGuire Ph.D (Neuro-psychologist)
Dr. Kimberly McGuire is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia. She has a master’s in developmental psychology and a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology. She has been practicing in neuropsychological, vocational, learning disabilities, and general clinical diagnostic assessment, as well as rehabilitation planning for 30 years. Dr. McGuire is currently part of a Head Injury Assessment and Treatment Services (HIATS) team in Kelowna. She has a private practice that addresses appropriate training and vocational supports for individuals with learning disorders, mental health conditions, and physical disabilities.
Anne Ross BScOT., Reg.OT (Occupational Therapist)
Anne Ross assesses physical and functional limitations that could interfere with one’s ability to engage in an “occupation ”, such as: self-care, work and leisure. Anne has 20 years experience as a consultant and collaborative team member. She is a member of the “Registered Autism Service Provider”. She takes a practical approach to helping people develop skills and strategies to overcome challenges, reveal potential and nurture self-esteem. Anne is committed to working toward goals that are meaningful to her clients and their families.
Lisa Kongsdorf B.SW (Social Worker)
Lisa is a Registered Social Worker with 17 years experience. She graduated from UBC and is presently at “Independent Living Vernon” working with people who have a variety of disabling conditions. She facilitates the self esteem and employment programs and uses her ruthless advocacy skills to mentor others to self advocate for themselves. She is on the boards for: N.O. Neurological Association, MS, Women’s Commission – federal/liberal party, and the planning advisory for the City of Vernon.
We have access to the spiritual healing of Elders in different regions of the interior of B.C.. If a client would like to have an Elder they have already connected with, they are encouraged to include them during the reporting out process after diagnosis.
Meet Our Board Members –
Charles Stewart B.Ed. – Board Chair
Brent Kisilevich B.Ed. Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner – Vice Chair
Amanda Dorka BBS. – Finance Director
Monty Hughes B.Ed., – Director in charge of Media
Iris Brooke – Parent Director
Debra Bob – E.D. of Aboriginal Center of Excellence – Aboriginal Director
Earl Joe – Aboriginal Elder – Aboriginal Director
The Board Meetings are held on the Second Monday of each month at #107 3402 27 Ave Vernon. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.
What We Do
Assessment and Diagnosis
We use the Canadian Standards of FASD Diagnosis to assess and confirm a diagnosis of FASD. The assessment team will provide a report featuring the clients strengths and recommendations on how to support the client. This report will be shared with their support team through an interactive process.
After the diagnosis, we stay connected with our client’s for one year, supporting them and their community support team. During this time, the clinic revisits part of the assessment (Life Skills Star) to affirm the client is experiencing success in achieving the goals that were set. As the client’s needs change, the support team will include different members. There will be opportunities to celebrate the changes and accomplishments made.
We work with:
- [Young] Adults over 15 years of age across all diverse cultural sectors, gender and social status.
- Individuals, held in remand, suspected of having FASD and need a diagnosis for support in the criminal justice system.
- Individuals in federal correctional institutions who are suspected of having FASD and are in the process of developing a re-integration program.
Adult Action Hall (a non-traditional adult support group for those with FASD)
We offer a weekly, non-traditional support group called an “Action Hall” that focuses on developing the participant’s self advocacy and independent living life skills. We sponsor an Action Hall in Kelowna and in Vernon.
This group will meet weekly for 2 hours and focuses on learning about how FASD impacts their life. Participants also learn and how to advocate for themselves to receive the help they need as they achieve their goals. Certificates are awarded to those who attend each 10 weeks session.
Participants will learn how to live with FASD rather the becoming victims of FASD. They will learn how to:
- use their voice and access their strengths as they develop life skills
- address addictions,
- build healthy relationships,
- obtain, maintain and keep housing,
- find and keep employment,
- experience healthy living,
- live within a budgeting and more.
There is no cost to attend this group. Participants will receive Certificates of Achievement at the completion of each 10 week term. The clients allies are encouraged to attend the group meetings as well.
Sessions are led by Myles Himmelreich and Bernadette O’Donnell.
Please call the office to register for the group supports.
Care giver Support Groups
Support Groups for Moms, Dads and Caregivers will be available soon. Please stay connected with us to learn more.
Education and Training:
Workshops, consultations, mentoring and “Train the Trainer” programs are available to the communities in the interior of BC.
Each workshop is designed to meet the needs of the participants. We can design workshops that are half day interaction sessions, to 4 day training sessions. Contact the office to learn more on how we can support your staff and your learning needs.
Train the Trainer
If your support agency/ community is wanting to deliver an “Action Hall Support Group”, we will provide training, curriculum, resources and the leadership skills to lead a group of adults through the lens of FASD. Please contact the office to learn more about this 3 day training.
We respond to communities, providing them with information and delivery of local and provincial initiative prevention and awareness campaigns.
This is the FASD knot. The chord is tied in the knot known as a reef knot or Canadian knot. The knot is worn on your chest to support and inform the world about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and as a sign that the person wearing the knot is in support of the FASD prevention message.
Educational Posters, brochures and resources are available at the office.
We are part of a CanFASD Research Team composed of experienced professionals in various fields related to FASD. The team consists of researchers from across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North West Territories and the Yukon who are carrying out a variety of research endeavours that are relevant to FASD pre-screening and diagnosis in correctional facilities.