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History & Evolution

A spirit of collaboration from the very start
In 1990, a pioneering group of human service professionals from 14 Lethbridge and area agencies began meeting to discuss Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). The catalyst for their collaboration was a common desire to deepen their understandings about FAS and better serve clients with the condition’s known characteristics.
Through the 25 years that followed, these key milestones helped shape our organization and enlarge our value to the people we serve:

  • 1993 • The group hosts a major conference, FAS & FAE: A community perspective. Following the conference, the organizers formalize the FASD Coordinating Committee.
  • 1999 • With the first of three grants from Alberta Children & Youth Services Demonstration Funds, the Health Region establishes a First Step (PCAP) program.
  • 2000 • With the second grant from Alberta Children & Youth Services, the Lethbridge Regional Police launch a community youth justice project.
  • 2002 • A third grant gives McMan Youth, Family and Community Services the means to start an adult support program. Meanwhile, the Committee helps develop Lethbridge College’s FASD curriculum.
  • 2007 • FASD-CMC establishes seven regional Networks and partners the FASD Coordinating Committee with the South East Alberta FASD Network (SEAFAN). FASD Education becomes a one-year certification program at Lethbridge College.
  • 2008 • The South Alberta FASD Service Network and SEAFAN become separate entities, and our Network hires a full-time Coordinator. FASD-CMC funding allows McMan to expand its adult support program.
  • 2009 • Seniors and Community Support begins funding an Adult Justice Project housed with PEAK Vocational Services.
  • 2011 • With new CMC funding, McMan expands supports to youth transitioning into adulthood; and with funding from the Safe Community Innovation Fund (Alberta Justice), it replicates its adult support program in Pincher Creek. FASD-CMC funds development of our FASD assessment and diagnostic clinic.
  • 2013 • After obtaining society status, the South Alberta FASD Society applies for and receives status as a charitable organization. We are now seeking sources of financial support beyond our current FASD-CMC funding and other grants. This will help ensure the Network’s sustainability while allowing us to expand services and undertake more prevention work.