Knowledge transfer exchange Worker
Courtney Fraser is the new Knowledge Transfer Exchange Worker for the Through in Aboriginal Lens Program created in collaboration by the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Associating of British Columbia (NCCABC) and the Asante Centre. Her role is to provide families and youth with supports both prior, during and after attendance to the Asante Centre for a FASD Assessments. Courtney ensures children stay with their families by providing wrap-around-service support when referrals for assessment are first sent to the Asante Centre. By looking at the needs and strengths of the youth, families and communities, Courtney creates individualized healing plans to prevent children from re-entering the justices system and to prevent them from entering the foster care system, either through voluntary care or child protection concerns. Courtney has a pro-active approach which not only means making sure the youth and families understand the assessment and are supported but, so do other service providers and communities. For children already in care when referred for assessment, she assist the youth in building a positive sense of identity and constructs healthy bridges between families as well as the youths’ First Nation communities and traditional values.
Previous to her new role, Courtney has worked with NCCA for two years as a Native Courtworker in the Lower Fraser Valley supporting youth and families in the justice system and prior to that working as a Native Liaison with First Nation adults in federal corrections. Through her passion, wide range of experience and education (BA in Law and Human Rights) her goal is to make sure our vulnerable youth of today get the support they need so they do not end up in our adult justice system tomorrow.