Audrey Salahub, Executive Director
Audrey is the parent of two adults, one of whom has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a diagnosis within the spectrum of FASD. Audrey has been a driving force behind broad community efforts to address the issue of FASD throughout BC. Her vision and her outstanding efforts to mobilize individuals, families, and organizations were fundamental to the establishment of the Asante Centre. Audrey was the project coordinator for the development of the book Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Criminal Justice System
," written by Dr. Julianne Conry and Dr. Diane Fast. Audrey has over ten years of experience as a family advocate, educator, and administrator. She has been a member of the FAS Provincial Consultation Group and a resource parent for the Society for Special Needs Adoptive Parents (SNAP). Audrey is an active member of the Maple Ridge Child, Youth and Family Network, the Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee, the UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education International Conference on FASD Planning Committee, the Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee, and the Fraser Health Child Health Collaborative Feasibility Group.
Allison Pooley, Program Director
Allison, MAL, BEd, BA, joined the Asante Centre in 2009 as the Family and Community Support Coordinator, and became Program Director in 2011. Her role is multifaceted, combining aspects of program development and coordination, communications , client and family support, and Centre management. Allison assists individuals, family members and service providers in understanding the diagnostic process as well as the implications for providing integrated post-assessment supports and services. Allison has been involved in FASD prevention and intervention efforts for numerous years both in northern BC and the Lower Mainland, including work in early childhood education, the public school system, the criminal justice system, and adult support settings. She has provided direct support for families raising children and youth with FASD, and applies her experience to inform her practice in terms of education, consultation and resource development opportunities throughout the province.
Brian MacKenzie, Business Director
In his role as Business Director, Brian, CGA, is responsible for the accounting and financial management of the Asante Centre as well as assisting with Human Resources. He has extensive experience in public accounting and financial controllership as a former partner in a multi-province accounting firm. Brian joined the Centre in 2008 as a consultant and became an employee in 2011.