What principles guide our work?

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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!

Get to know who the people are on the other side of the phone, emails, and faxes! Click on a picture to learn more about the person.

Asante Centre Staff, Clinicians, and Volunteers

Aisha Ghani

Research Assistant

Aliya Khan

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Allison Pooley-Wong

Executive Director

ANIL SHARMA

BUSINESS 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

Caitlin Toews

Operations Manager

Dr. Corina Brown

Registered Psychologist

Catherine (CJ) Lutke

FASD Consultant

Dana Dmytro  

School Psychologist

Darci Chandler

Clinical Coordinator

Delena Hills

Speech-Language Pathologist

Darlene Galloway

Volunteer

Don Seatter

Registered Psychologist

Donna Thomas

Executive AssistanT

Dr. Heather Kee

Pediatrician

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Heather Preachuk

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Hemendra Ramdhani

Pediatrician

Holly Wingert

Youth Justice Coordinator

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Jessica Czarnecki

Administrative Support Worker

Dr. John Archer

Pediatrician

Katrina Griffin

FASD Consultant

Kristen Sivertz

Volunteer

Dr. Kyle Sue

Family Physician

Dr. Linda Weaver

Registered Psychologist

Lisa Doff

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Louise Clark

Registered Psychologist

Mary Morellato

Volunteer

Melanie Nelson

Psychology Assessment Clinician

Dr. Michelle Ross

Family Physician

Myles Himmelreich

Lead FASD Consultant

Dr. Neil Heard

Family Practitioner

Sean Russell

Indigenous Care Coordinator

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Medical Office assistant

Shannon Fletcher

SCHEDULING Assistant

 

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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

Treasurer

Cathy Peterson

Secretary

Erin Reimer-Mayzes

Director

Laurie Geschke

Vice-Chair

PAUL GORDON

DIRECTOR

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Vicky Waldron

DIRECTOR

Mary-Jane Reid

Director

Michael Argast

Director

Stephen Quinlan

Director


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