Sep 1

Enviros Care Connection Summer Daycamp and Respite

  • 6716 Huntsbay Road Northwest Calgary, AB, T2K 4R3 Canada

Respite Care Connection is a specialized program for children with challenging behaviours and special needs. Children participating need to have funding through Child Intervention, FSCD or Post Adoptive Supports. 

Respite Care Connection specializes in strengthening children’s self-esteem, skill development and socialization skills through a fun and safe environment with a ratio of one staff to three children.  All staff are trained in safety, risk management, behaviour management techniques and Standard First Aid/CPR.

Week-long sessions are offered from July 4 through September 1. Participants must register at least 2 weeks in advance of the session they would like to attend. To register, contact tcameron@enviros.org or call Tina Cameron at 403. 295.2943 ext. 234

For more information, see the Care Connection poster here.

Oct 27

2017 National FASD Conference

  • Westin Calgary

Registration opens June 20! Please see here for more details about the conference and how to register. 

This important multi-disciplinary conference will focus on FASD and its impact on individuals, families, communities and society at large. It will feature a variety of keynote presentations, panel discussions and over 50 breakout sessions. 

The event will take place at the Westin Calgary on Oct 24-27, 2017. It will include an optional evening event on the Tuesday night, two full days of conference Wednesday and Thursday and a final half day on Friday.

The Government of Alberta will be hosting this event on behalf of the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership (CNFASDP) and the Alberta FASD Cross-Ministry Committee. It will combine the CNFASDP and the annual Alberta FASD Conferences.

For more information, to submit an abstract, and to register, see fasd.alberta.ca

9:00 am09:00

Miskamaso - Truth & Reconciliation in Family Life: Pathways CSA Conference & AGM

  • Genesis Centre

Miskamaso, which translates to "discover for yourself" in the Cree language, aims to facilitate meaningful discussion on strategies toward reconciliation. Held in partnership with the Genesis Centre, this year's conference will take place during Aboriginal Awareness Week and will focus on Truth and Reconciliation in family life.

To register, go to www.pathwayscsa.org/miskamaso

9:00 am09:00

CSS Learning Series Webinar: PCAP 101 for Supervisors

  • Online

This PCAP Supervisor training will cover essential information for supervisors, network coordinators, and others that have PCAP programs within their portfolio of support. This training will cover areas such as, core components of PCAP, and the importance of the relational theory. It will also cover typical budget costs like transportation. This will be an interactive webcast where questions will be answered throughout the session.

Speakers: Tracey Knowlton and Tammi Crowley

To Register: Go to http://csslearningseries.ca/pcap-101-for-supervisors-registration/

Jun 22

Omanitew Training

  • Half Moon Lake Estates, St. Paul, Alberta

This 4-day experiential training provides a basic grounding in Indigenous worldviews and wisdom systems and will enable non-indigenous and Indigenous service providers to acquire a deeper understanding of how to provide services to Indigenous children and families in ways that are helpful and appropriate. The training is held on the land and includes appropriate ceremonies and protocols.

Facilitators: The course is being co-taught by Dr. Leona Makokis, Elder and Past-President, Blue Quills First Nations College, various Elders and team members, and Ralph Bodor.
Dates: June 19 - 22, 9AM - 4PM each day
Cost: $327.02 Align members, $420 non-members

For more information and to register, go to http://www.alignab.ca/event/omanitew-st-paul/



4:30 pm16:30

CFAN Annual General Meeting

  • CFAN Office, Atrium

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting!

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alan McLuckie, who will speak about how the ACEs tool (Adverse Childhood Experiences questionnaire) can be used to help our understanding of how to support individuals with FASD as well as support broader prevention activities.

Dr. McLuckie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary with interest in the areas of child & adolescent development, child trauma, and youth in the criminal justice system, among others. He is also a member of Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education.

Please RSVP to Eventbrite or call 403-249-7215

Apr 25

Shifting Perspective Conference

  • Mount Royal University Roderick Mah Centre

Register now for the first Shifting Perspective Conference April 24 & 25 in Calgary, AB.

A collaboration between Enviros and Mount Royal University, this unique conference will shift the way you understand, treat and heal addiction and mental health in your practice.

From inspiring keynotes to hands-on and engaging workshops, innovative practice to leading research, this event will deepen your understanding of the complexities of addiction and mental health, while giving you the practical tools to improve your practice.

Visit the Shifting Perspectives website for more details: www.shiftingperspective.ca

9:00 am09:00

Alberta FASD Learning Series Webinar: FASD and Justice

  • Webinar

This moderated interview will seek to answer questions and give expert guidance about navigating the justice system. We will explore the special needs of a person with FASD who is navigating the system, and the creative ways our panelists have overcome them or believe they can be surmounted. We will also discuss the benefit of getting assessments done while individuals are incarcerated and how the justice system can open up to FASD workers to set up supports in the community before the release of the individual.

Speakers: Sharon Pearcy and Donna Kristianson

To register, go to: http://csslearningseries.ca/fasd-and-justice-registration/

9:00 am09:00

The Little Things that Make a Difference: Employer Panel

  • Webinar

In this panel presentation we will discuss the small accommodations that can make a big difference when creating an inclusive and inviting workplace.

We will gain insight into accommodations employers can make/have made, like:
• Preparing co-workers
• Adjusting hours of work
• Modifying job duties

Our employer panelists will share strategies that worked, and also those that didn’t work so well.

The panel will include a representative from EmployAbilities as well as several employer representatives from small and large organizations around Alberta.

To register, go to http://csslearningseries.ca/the-little-things-registration/

Mar 25

Metis Nation of Alberta Youth and Seniors Symposium

  • MNA Head Office and Ramada Conference Centre, Edmonton

The Metis Nation of Alberta presents Bannock-Making and Stew at the MNA office Friday, March 24 at 5 PM followed Saturday, March 25 by a symposium that includes presentations on Metis rights, music jam, jigging lessons, a photo booth with props and much more!

Bannock-making is at the MNA head office in Edmonton and the symposium is at the Ramada Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton. See this poster for more information.

To register: RSVP to Christine Dyck cdyck@metis.org

7:00 pm19:00

FASD Information Panel & Strategies for Adoptive & Kinship Parents

  • Midtown Co-op

Join FACES Society for Alberta and the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network for this free, three part training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Who Should Attend? This training is geared towards current and prospective adoptive and kinship parents, however foster parents, family and other caregivers are also welcome to attend. Day 3 is meant only for those currently acting as a primary caregiver for a child with FASD.

DATES: March 9, 15 & 20 7:00-9:00 PM
COST: Free of charge
TO REGISTER: Go to Eventbrite

Mar 4

International FASD Conference

The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
When: March 1-4, 2017
Where: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
Website: http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2017

This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.


6:00 pm18:00

Parents/Caregivers' Night Out

  • Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network

Parents and caregivers! Come out and enjoy a kid-free evening of mocktails, entertainment, food and fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Riverbend Atrium One (CFAN Office Building Centre Atrium)
West Entrance, 200 Rivercrest Drive SE

Tickets are free, but a donation at the door to CFAN's *Empowerment Fund is appreciated. (Suggested amount: $20, but any amount is welcomed.)

Registration is required - please register individually so we know the names of all event-goers in advance.
Register online

Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served and entertainment is provided by Connie Jakab. Connie is passionate about rebelling against status quo living and encouraging others to branch out. As the Artistic Director of Mpact Movement (movementwithamessage.com), she is the creator of The Courage Program, through which she teaches resiliency through urban art. She has produced five theatre shows based on social issues such as poverty, women’s vulnerabilities, youth resiliency, family breakdown, mental health, and addiction. Connie drives her passion outward into the arms of those wanting something more radical and meaningful in life. She is an active speaker and lives with her husband and two boys in Calgary.

Questions? Call us at 403-249-7215

Presented by The Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network Caregiver Advisory Group.

*The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries to individuals living with FASD or their families or caregivers. For more information about what the Empowerment Fund covers, who is eligible and how to apply, see CFAN's website.


6:00 pm18:00

Free Workshop: FASD Best Practices & The Prevention Conversation

  • CNIB Calgary

When: February 23, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Canadian National Institute for the Blind
15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary, AB

What: This informative and engaging workshop will introduce participants to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its impacts on health and social outcomes throughout the lifespan. Participants will learn how to recognize FASD, and will explore effective, evidence-based approaches for supporting affected individuals. Participants will also learn about the link between alcohol and pregnancy and develop tools to engage women and their partners in a conversation about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

This workshop is suitable for professionals working with individuals and families impacted by FASD, caregivers and family members, and professionals and volunteers who may encounter children, youth or adults who may be affected by FASD.

Register Online

2:00 pm14:00

FASD Learning Series Webcast: Transitioning to Adulthood

This panel discussion will be focused on some of the issues faced by persons with FASD when making the difficult transition to adulthood and adult supports. The panel members include persons with FASD and family members with intimate knowledge of this transition, as well as professionals from service providers which focus on this transition period.


Lisa Murphy - Program Manager at Lakeland Centre for FASD.
Wanda Beland - Executive Director of Northwest Region FASD Society, member of their Family Advisory Committee and adoptive parent of four adolescents and adults with FASD.
Angel Aspden - Angel has an FASD diagnosis and she regularly shares her experience with the transition to adulthood.
Sandra Kingdon - Sandra is a primary caregiver to someone with FASD who has transitioned to adulthood and is a volunteer board member with the Lakeland Centre for FASD.

Cost: Free

To register: go to http://hslearningseries.ca/transitioning-to-adulthood-panel-discussion-registration/

9:00 am09:00

Free Webcast: Approaching FASD in the Classroom

In this cost-free webcast, we will be interviewing two education professionals who have been working in Alberta’s public school system. With experience both as a teacher in the classroom and as a counselor, they will speak to their experiences in working with individuals with FASD. They will share stories as well as best practices and recommendations for education professionals in the system, or who will be entering the system.

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MST
Speakers: Alaina Thursby and Ken Smale
Register Here
Format: Moderated interview style discussion with Q & A
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality

7:00 pm19:00

Computer Safety, Bullying and Facebook

The Calgary Parent Support Association is pleased to host a workshop for parents on the topic of online safety with Const. Carter Duchesney, CPS Crime Prevention Unit.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE

Snacks will be provided.

To register, call Yvonne at 403-270-1809 or email yvonne@psacalgary.org

Nov 30

Learners Permit Instruction Workshop

This course will cover all the information required for the driver's Learners Test. The workshop does not include taking the test - you must do that separately at your own cost at an Alberta Registry office.

Cost: $5.00 deposit, refunded after you complete the course
Bring your own lunch and snacks.

Call 403-283-0611 to register or for more information.

5:00 pm17:00

FFAS Christmas Sing-a-long Fundraiser

Join Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society for their annual Christmas Fundraiser

A Sound of Music Sing-a-long
When: November 26, 2016
Doors open at 5pm Show begins at 6pm
Where: The Elks Club, 58 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks

For more details, see poster.

7:00 pm19:00

Parents Paint Night

The Parent Support Association invites all parents and caregivers of children with FASD to a fun night out. Cost is $10 and includes food, beverage and awesome company.

For details, see poster.


1:30 pm13:30

Gear Up

Gear Up is annual event that provides street youth with supplies for winter, health services and an opportunity to connect with service providers in an informal and welcoming setting.  It’s not a typical resource fair; rather Gear Up offers youth an afternoon “off the streets” and a few hours to do some self-care, get some useful things, and to engage them in healthy connections which may move them to make healthy changes in their lives.

November 5, 2016
Grandstand, Stampede Grounds

Learn more at www.gearupcalgary.com

Oct 21

United Way Connect Event

United Way's Natoo'si Initiative, together with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, is hosting its 7th Annual Connect Event October 20- & 21, 2016. The event will address breaking the cycle of Intergenerational trauma to promote healing, well-being and reconciliation. Attendees are invited to bring a youth (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) ages 14-24 to participate in the event with them.

October 20 & 21, 2016
Carriage House Inn – 9030 Macleod Trail South

Learn more or register here: http://www.calgaryunitedway.org/get-involved/events-calendar/eventdetail/54/-/7th-annual-connect-event

9:00 am09:00

OPGT Webcast: Estates of Deceased Persons

This presentation will discuss the role the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee plays in the administration of the estates of deceased persons. We will talk about such topics as:

  • When does the OPGT become involved in an estate?
  • When can the OPGT not be involved?
  • What actions does the OPGT take to administer a deceased person’s estate?

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Christine Steele
Register: Register Here
Format: PPT presentation with Q&A
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speaker through the live chat functionality


2:00 pm14:00

FASD Learning Series: FASD & Mentoring

Providing relationship and strength based mentorship has been at the core of the FASD programs at Catholic Social Services since First Steps opened its doors in 1999 and continues today in all four programs. In addition to providing information about the programs offered, this presentation will utilize our knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to describe practical strategies used to support clients, whether they are living with FASD themselves or caring for individuals who are impacted. 

Presenters will discuss mentoring  both youth and adults and address the strengths and challenges of implementing these strategies using real world examples from their experience working in their respective programs and serving this particular population. Managing transitions for youth moving into adult services and adults moving between services will be given special attention. 

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 
Speakers: Colleen Hook & Sharon Shultz
Register Here
Format: Live webcast presentation with Q & A
Cost: FREE!
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality

9:00 am09:00

Workshop: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities in the Community

Learn how to help adults with developmental disabilities to increase their engagement in their communities and homes. Gain practical skills to support them in developing valued roles and genuine relationships

Instructor: Cara Milne
Offering through the Mount Royal University Transitional Vocation Program

Fee: $142.00 +GST

For more information on course and how to register, see Poster


8:00 am08:00

Neuro Dev Net Patient and Family Engagment Session

  • Hotel Arts

Share your thoughts on research and FASD.

What do researchers need to know about living with FASD?  What should research in FASD and other areas of neurodiversity look like?  YOUR VIEW COUNTS! The upcoming NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference will include a patient and family engagement consultation and workshop on Wednesday, September 28 in Calgary.  NeuroDevNet is a cross-disability association of Canadian researchers seeking transformative advancement in developmental disabilities.  Many researchers in Alberta are a part of this network which seeks to hear and respond to what individuals and families touched by FASD and other developmental disabilities need and want from the research community. RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT THIS EVENT!

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE DETAIL, please see the Brain Development Conference website:


Hope to see you September 28 at Hotel Arts (119-12 Ave SW, Calgary).

1:30 pm13:30

CFAN Network Membership Meeting

  • Prospect Human Services

CFAN network membership meetings are for people who care for and about individuals and families affected by FASD and the challenges they face. Open to care and service providers in FASD-specific programs or relevant systems and services (e.g. education, justice, health and social services), parents/caregivers and individuals living with FASD.

We share service updates, concerns and ideas and take part in working groups, networking and professional development opportunities.

No fee to attend.