Our Founders 

Dr. Kwadwo Ohene Asante, Retired Medical Director Emeritus and Pediatrician

Dr. Asante, MSM, B.Sc., MB.ChB., FRCPC, DABP, is recognized as an expert in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and was one of the first pediatricians to study and publish on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in Canada.  Dr. Asante has recently been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada in recognition of more than thirty years of dedicated service for individuals, families, and communities impacted by FASD.

Dr. Asante's credentials include:

  • B.Sc. - University of British Columbia (1958)
  • MB.ChB - University of Glasgow (1964)
  • Involved in extensive Pediatric practice in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon as Consultant Pediatrician to four hospitals (1970-1990)
  • Medical Director of Kitimat Child Development Centre (1973-1990)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics UBC (1983-1995)
  • Clinical Asst. Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics. University of British Columbia 1995 - current)
  • Pediatrician, The Asante Centre (2000-present)
  • Consultant Pediatrician, Maple Ridge, BC (1990-present)
  • Medical Director, Child Development Centre, Maple Ridge, BC (1991-1996)
  • Consultant at the Fetal Alcohol Clinic, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver (1992-1995)
  • Chair of the BC FAS Resource Society (1996-1997)
  • Appointed to the B.C. Children's Commission (1997-2002)
  • Received the honour of "Friend of the University and of Northern BC" from the University of Northern British Columbia (May 1994)
  • Elected a "Senior Member" of the Canadian Medical Association in 2000 for contributions to medicine in Canada
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Northern BC (May 28, 2004)
  • Meritorious Service Medal of Canada
  • Black Business Professionals 2007 Harry Jerome Award for Health Sciences
  • BC Pediatric Society's Dr. Judith Hall Award recipient for 2011
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for 2012
 

Dr. Julianne Conry, Ph.D.

Dr. Conry received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and retired from the University of British Columbia after 33 years in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education.  From the opening of the Asante Centre until her retirement in 2016, she provided psychological assessments of children, youth, and adults with FASD and other developmental disabilities as part of the multidisciplinary teams at the Asante Centre.  Dr. Conry was active in research and the clinical assessment of individuals with FASD for over 30 years and appeared as an expert witness on FASD in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the Yukon.  Following completion of a research study on youth in the criminal justice system, she published a book with Dr. Diane Fast entitled, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Criminal Justice System.  She was a member and co-chair of Health Canada’s first National Advisory Committee on FASD and its subcommittee on Screening, Diagnosis, and Surveillance.  She was a co-author of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis (CMAJ, 2005) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guidelines for Diagnosis Across the Life Span (CMAJ, 2015/2016).  She published numerous articles on FASD and the criminal justice system, on mental health concerns for individuals with FASD, and developed videos, training, and education manuals on FASD.

 

Audrey Salahub, Retired 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 was a member of the Maple Ridge Child, Youth and Family Network, the Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee, the UBC Inter-professional Continuing Education International Conference on FASD Planning Committee, the Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee, and the Fraser Health Child Health Collaborative Feasibility Group.