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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Society Yukon (FASSY) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering accepting and educated communities, where individuals with FASD have equal access to opportunities to reach their full potential.
FASSY has been dedicated and passionate in their work with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a society since 1996. We continue to provide a vital resource to Yukon communities about the impact of FASD.
Our Mission Statement
To foster informed, inclusive and nurturing communities that work together to prevent FASD and to support individuals affected by FASD.
FASSY envisions a Yukon in which Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is prevented and where persons with FASD are fully included in Yukon society.
Our Strategic Plan 2016 - 2019
To read about our strategic plan, please see this document:
FASSY Strategic Plan-2016-2019
In collaboration with Challenge Disability Resource Group, and in sponsorship with United Way and Fireweed Home Comfort, FASSY offers a community lunch for our clients five days a week at the Yukon Government Cafeteria. Providing a nutritious community-based meal is an opportunity to benefit an individual's physical, mental and social well-being. The lunch program also provides outreach support, community inclusion, friendship and good food.
FASD Prevention Initiative
The first part of the research project collaboration with the University of Alaska, Anchorage has come to an end. We thank all who participated by taking the online survey. We look forward to the results of the research in early 2017. We are grateful for the ongoing partnership with Yukon College and the Dirty Northern Public House pub who continue to have pregnancy test dispensers in their facilities. The Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program of Dawson City also has a pregnancy test dispenser in the lobby washroom of the Downtown Hotel. This project is funded by donations. If you would like a dispenser, contact: http://healthybrainsforchildren.org/
Systems Navigation for Rural Communities in the Yukon
A new program to support people and their families with Neurodevelopmental disabilities in rural Yukon communities is being developed. This initiative is being led by FASSY under the guidance of a steering committee YIAND (Yukon Interagency Network on Disability). This collaborative effort is being funded by the Kids Brain Health Network under their ‘Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Resource Program’ and YG under the Yukon FASD Interagency advisory Committee. For more information, please contact: systemsnavigator.coord@fassy.
The Landlords Working to End Homelessness (LWEH) program works to provide housing for our most vulnerable clients; many of whom are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Our staff work on building a supportive and secure connection between landlords and tenants, as well as offering a wide range of assistance throughout the tenancy. Landlords who wish to learn more about this program are encouraged to Contact Us!
FASSY has a team of five Outreach Workers who provide compassionate case coordination services for people with FASD. Along with community advocacy and liaison work, our Outreach Workers focus on the areas of housing, finances, health and community inclusion.
At FASSY we encourage everyone to expand their knowledge on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. There is a growing body of literature on FASD available world-wide and dropping in to our library is a great place to start. We carry a small, but diverse, range of topics and titles.
Caregiver Support Group
For people with FASD, the importance of a supportive community can not be underestimated and we understand that in order to be there for someone, it is invaluable to have someone there for you. Our caregiver support group is an opportunity to share stories, strategies, challenges and learning.
For our next meeting, please see the Calendar of Events page.
Out and About Program
Four NGOs (FASSY, OFI, TOZ and YACL) have come together on an initiative for individuals across all disabilities. This program provides support to attend activities and if needed, programming for evenings and weekends. Our goal is to improve quality of life and promote mental wellness through inclusion, engagement and education.
For more information, contact Julie (coordinator):
Phone: 867-332-4478. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see our monthly activities, please see the Calendar of Events page. Thank you to the Mental Wellness Innovation fund for allowing us to develop this program. We continue to be funded under YG - HSS and the FASD interagency advisory committee.
Thank you to Lotteries Yukon for funding the 2019 Out and About on Yukon Rivers and Rails project.
Our Work in the Community
The Outreach Van
FASSY is one of the partnering agencies on the Outreach Van. The Outreach Van provides services and support to a marginalized and vulnerable population in Whitehorse.
Our role is to provide input and staffing for the operation of the Outreach Van service in general and to offer our expertise on working with FASD.
Please see The Outreach Van for more details about this program.
Yukon College Courses
FASSY is working with the Northern Institute of Social Justice to deliver FASD Core Competency training. These courses provide participants with essential understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a brain-based condition that challenges current ways of understanding behaviour and thinking about support and intervention.
Please contact FASSY at 867-393-4948 for the latest course schedule.
FASSY provides specifically designed workshops in a variety of areas related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder education.
FASSY will tailor training to meet the needs of your organization. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, ideas, or to schedule a consultation. You can reach us at 867-393-4948.
Our Operational Structure
Our Executive Director
Wenda Bradley started with FASSY in 2006 as an Outreach Worker. Passionate and committed to individuals and communities impacted by FASD, Wenda renewed her committment to FASSY's work by accepting the Executive Director position in March 2015.
Our Board of Directors 2018 - 2019
FASSY is graciously guided by the following board members:
> Katie Hunter - Vice Chair Person
> Christie Westropp - Secretary
> Megan Sharpe - Director
> Terry Molnar - Director
> Hannah Engasser - Director
> Catherine Lyon - Chair/Treasurer
Our Staff Team
FASSY has a fantastic team of staff members who are all very knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated to working with people impacted by FASD. Included on our team is one office manager, an office assistant, HR person and six outreach workers. We have also people reaching out to rural Yukon communities under a special project called Systems Navigators. If you would like to contact them individually, please see our Contact Us page.
Our Funding 2019/2020
FASSY would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Government of Yukon (Health and Social Services) and the Government of Canada (Reaching Home) and United Way.
For our Lunch Program, we would like to acknowledge the United Way, Holland America, and the individuals who contributed by private donations and through our fundraising activities.
We would also like to thank YG - HSS (under the FASD advisory committee), Lotteries Yukon and the City of Whitehorse for funding our Out and About program. YG - HSS (under the FASD advisory committee) and Kids Brain Health network funds the Systems Navigator project. http://kidsbrainhealth.ca
How to Get Involved with FASSY
FASSY currently has no job postings. Check back again soon.
FASSY is periodically looking for volunteers.
Please call 867-393-4948 to find out more.
FASSY is always looking for new members!
Please call 867-393-4948 for more information.