Mary, a retired Special Education Assistant, graciously donates her time to the Asante Centre on a regular basis, helping with any number of projects we ask of her. The Centre is particularly grateful for her support with fundraising efforts, organizing the Asante Centre Amazing Car Rally and Burger and Beverage, and the Neufeld Farms Holiday Treat Sale!
Myles Himmelreich, Lead FASD Consultant
Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker on FASD, having presented nationally and internationally for many years, sharing his experiences in living with FASD. In his work as a mentor to other youth and adults with FASD, Myles has helped them to understand and accept that we all share similar struggles and the desire to succeed. As well, working as a consultant, Myles has done a great deal of work with the media. Most recently, Myles was co-lead of a ground-breaking study on the health and physical issues of adults with FASD. Myles' goal is to help others with FASD find their voice and to help society understand that we are greater when we are united and work together.
Dr. Neil Heard, General Practitioner
Dr. Heard is a physician working in Duncan, BC, who has recently joined the diagnostic team at Asante Centre. He has been seeing adults on Vancouver Island. Dr. Heard has had extensive experience with FASD, having graduated as a Paeditarician after residency in Cape Town South Africa, and serving on FASD diagnostic and intervention clinics in Northwestern Alberta as part of the NW Alberta FASD Network since 1999.
Robyn Matthews, Family & Community Support Coordinator
Robyn Matthews, BA, CADC, joined the Asante Centre in 2015 as the Family and Community Support Coordinator. With her background in mental health and substance abuse and strong commitment to early childhood development, her ability to advocate for vulnerable children, youth, adults and families makes her a valuable asset to the Asante team. Robyn’s role at the Asante Centre is multifaceted, in that she provides wrap-around support to youth, adults, their families, caregivers and support providers throughout the entire FASD assessment process- including those involved in the Criminal Justice System; facilitating continuity of care. Robyn is actively involved in the development of resources and community education and she passionately contributes to research and development. Robyn’s innovative strength based approach towards working with youth, adults and their families has a positive impact on individuals and the community, further facilitating awareness, knowledge, support and understanding surrounding FASD.
Shannon McCormick, Administrative Assistant
Shannon is the “face” of our Maple Ridge office, and will be the first to greet you with a smile. She provides a warm welcome to anyone that comes to the Centre, handling all reception duties as well as providing support for the entire Asante Centre team.
Usman Qazi, Volunteer
Usman graduated from UBC with a Bachelors in Microbiology and Immunology. Throughout the past 7 years he has volunteered in leadership and leadership assistant positions for different organizations and worked with people from all age groups.
He has been involved at the Asante Centre since 2014. His job is to look for new and practical resources on both FASD, Speech Fluency issues, and other Brain Based Conditions that the Asante Centre deals with. Usman developed a new website for Minga Marketplace last summer, introducing a new category of resources on Communication Disorders.
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