What principles guide our work?


At the Asante Centre, we choose to be part of a world that works together to know better and do better to address developmental stress.

We celebrate the unique gifts of people with diverse abilities, and recognize the right of every person to feel their inherent value through the support of understanding and engaged communities.

We acknowledge that people with developmental diversities are experts in their needs and abilities, and must direct any work related to them.

We do not just follow best practices; we lead them.

Welcome to our spaces!

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Surrey Office

Maple Ridge Office

Hello from our team!

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Asante Centre Staff, Clinicians, and Volunteers

Aisha Ghani

Research Assistant

Aliya Khan

Scheduling Assistant

Allison Pooley

Executive Director

Dr. Amanda Lamarre

registered Psychologist

Dr. Amy Hung

Family Physician

Anne Smithson

ReportS Coordinator

Anne-Marie Mahaffey

Administrative Coordinator

Bianca Takacs, Communication Health Assistant   Bianca is happy to bring her experience working with children with ASD and love for all things speech to the Asante team under the guidance of our Speech-Language Pathologists. She holds a degree in Linguistics and a certificate in Linguistics of Speech Science from Simon Fraser University.

Bianca Takacs

Communication Health assistant

Brian MacKenzie

Business Director

Caitlin Toews

Operations Manager


Catherine (CJ) Lutke

FASD Consultant

Dr. Corina Brown

Registered Psychologist

Dana Dmytro  

School Psychologist

Darci Chandler

Clinical Coordinator

Darlene Galloway


Delena Hills

Speech-Language Pathologist

Don Seatter

Registered Psychologist

Donna Thomas

Executive Assistant

Dr. Edgar Jimenez

Medical Director

Dr. Heather Kee




Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Hemendra Ramdhani


Holly Wingert

Youth Justice Coordinator


Jessica Czarnecki

Administrative Support Worker

Dr. John Archer


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Dr. Julie Milligan


Karley-Dale Talbot

Psychology Assessment Clinician

Kathleen Rainville

Intake & Support Coordinator

Katrina Griffin

FASD Consultant

Kristen Sivertz


Dr. Kyle Sue

Family Physician

Dr. Linda Weaver

Registered Psychologist

Lisa Doff

Speech-Language Pathologist


Dr. Louise Clark

Registered Psychologist

Mary Morellato


Melanie Nelson

Psychology Assessment Clinician

Myles Himmelreich

Lead FASD Consultant

Dr. Neil Heard

Family Practitioner

Robyn Matthews

Project Coordinator


Shafina lal

Medical Office assistant

Shannon Fletcher

Administrative Assistant


The Asante Centre is governed by the FASD Society for BC

The FASD Society for BC is a registered charitable organization in Canada

FASD Society for BC, Board of Directors

Andrew Hargrave


Cathy Peterson


Erin Reimer-Mayzes


Laurie Geschke


Lois B. Reimer


Mary-Jane Reid


Michael Argast


Stephen Quinlan



Partners: Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, Through an Indigenous Lens Program


Cheryl Johnson

Family Preservation Worker


Courtney Fraser

Knowledge Transfer Exchange Worker

Darla Rasmussen

Director of Indigenous Care

Donna Lagamodiere

Cultural Preservation Worker

Julie Anne Ponting

Family Preservation Worker

Leah Plouffe

Family Preservation Worker


Leanne Laverdure

Family Preservation Worker

Sean Russell

Program Manager

How did the Asante Centre begin?

In 1993, citizens from the community of Maple Ridge, BC, began a coordinated and strategic process to address the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  This grassroots-based group implemented their community action plan, which resulted in the creation of the FASD Society for BC (formerly known as the Greater Vancouver Fetal Alcohol Society).  This not-for-profit Society was incorporated in March 1999 and is recognized for tax-exempt status as a registered charity.

The Asante Centre is proud to have since grown to include services for families with other complex developmental needs.  The Centre team continues to develop our experience, expertise and always our commitment, to best support individuals with developmental diversities, their families and service providers.

Meet our Founders

Audrey Salahub

Retired Executive Director

Dr. Julianne Conry

PhD in Psychology

Dr. Kwadwo Asante

Retired Medical Director