FASD Awareness Day 2010

Round-up of Activities across Canada

Here are just a few of the events and activities held across the country on September 9, 2010.

Thunder Bay, Ontario – A mini-powwow and information booths in Marina Park. Organized by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Planning Committee. See pictures here.

Fort Frances, Ontario – Pancake Breakfast and information displays at the Seven Generations Education Institute. Read articles in the Fort Frances Times Online here and here.

Grey Bruce, Ontario – Music and dancing at the Owen Sound Farmers Market. Ceremony, displays, and speeches at the M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre. FASD posters and video clips by high school students. View the winners of the media contest here.

North Bay, Ontario – Displays and information at Canadore College. Organized by the The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder North Committee.

Region of Peel, Ontario (Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga) – A “Pregnant Pause,” displays and lectures. Bars and restaurants in the Region of Peel received a specially created Mocktail guide.

Ottawa, Ontario – Presentations by community members, displays and refreshments. Organized by the FASD Coalition of Ottawa.

Norway House, Manitoba – An 800km march to raise awareness about FASD and to lobby for funding. View an article in the Winnipeg Sun here and in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

Regina, Saskatchewan – A “Pregnant Pause” downtown with men in baby blue shirts and women in pink shirts. T-shirts read “I have the power to prevent FASD.” Organized by the FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan. View an article in the Leader-Post here.

Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network’s FASD Day Breakfast and the 2nd annual FASD Flick Video Contest. Visit EFAN’s blog here.

Grand Prairie and High Prairie, Alberta – Bell Concordance at Peace Wapiti Academy. Information displays at the Grande Prairie Regional College Trade Fair . Walk for Awareness and Talent Show Fundraiser in High Prairie. Organized by the Northern Association for FASD.

Lethbridge, Alberta – Ringing of the bells at Southminster United Church downtown followed by a breakfast and networking event.

100 Mile House, BC – A “Pregnant Pause” at 9:09am where community members gathered and placed a balloon symbolizing pregnancy under their shirt for one minute. Screening of the documentary “Realities and Possibilities” for youth. Organized by the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre. Read more here.

Richmond, BC – Guest speakers and breakfast event. Hosted by the FASD Richmond Roundtable.

Nanaimo, BC – Training opportunity, presentations and lunch. Hosted by the Nanaimo FASD Society. Read a review on the Vancouver Island Adoption blog.

And, as a finale to this roundup, you may want to read a message from the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, from September 9, 2010 on International FASD Awareness Day.

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