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Healthy Minds – Healthy Communities. Community Coordinator Project North Shore Micmac District Council Inc. FASD Project Presentation- January 2012. Content of Presentation. Project Participants and design Our communities Background Goals Objectives Unique Features of our Project. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Healthy Minds Healthy Communities

Healthy Minds Healthy CommunitiesCommunity Coordinator ProjectNorth Shore Micmac District Council Inc.FASD ProjectPresentation- January 20121

----- Meeting Notes (12-01-23 14:08) -----INtroduction of each person.1Content of PresentationProject Participants and designOur communitiesBackgroundGoalsObjectivesUnique Features of our ProjectNSMDC level duties & activitiesCommunity level activitiesLessons LearnedProject EvaluationNext Steps

2Project Participants & DesignMetepenagiagPabineauIndian IslandFort FollyEel RiverEel GroundBouctoucheNSMDCFASDProject3Our CommunitiesSeven Mikmaw communities that vary in size and are spread throughout Northern New Brunswick.Traditional values and culture are very important and many events are centered around traditional activities.Many students attend schools off-reserve. The activities in our project gives us a chance to out-reach and share traditional values and culture to these children and youth. Total population within seven communities: 2, 553 people.This project has served 137 participants to date.

4Map of our communities

5BackgroundProject has currently evolved from a 3 year FASD Mentoring project within the seven participating communities. Purpose of the project is to increase the understanding of developmental conditions, including FASD through training, education and advocacy. Resource guides for communities have been developed and support was given to mothers-to-be, their partners and families.To conclude the mentoring project, the decision was made to follow the guidelines for a Community Coordinator project, and continue some of the mentoring activities.6Goals of Community Coordinator Project7Prevention ObjectivesCommunity Coordinators will:

Select and develop resources on issues related to FASD that reference the traditional teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Share information with community members on FASD at community events in a sensitive manner. Embed information on FASD in Youth Leadership events and information sessions. 8Intervention Objectives The community coordinators will work with other community-based workers:

To help develop a comprehensive system of supports, programs and interventions for people with developmental conditions, including FASD, and their families and caregivers.

Will help to provide support for people with developmental conditions, including FASD, and their families and caregivers as they go through the referral process to access appropriate assessments, programs and interventions.9Unique Features of the Project101. Blended PositionsThe position of community coordinators is blended with other positions in the community, such as Head Start and Health positions. By working in and with other programs, community coordinators had recognition and trust in communities and are familiar with mothers-to-be and people with disabilities and disorders, including FASD. Community coordinators are able to offer their support in a nonintrusive manner. This contributes greatly to the success of the project.

112. Shared PositionsEach community has two community coordinators.

This has lead to increased collaboration among agencies/organizations.

The wide range of competencies and experience of the community coordinators enriches the project as a whole.

123. Proposal Driven ComponentThere is an equal amount of funding set aside for each community for activities.Community coordinators submit proposals for funding for community activities to the project supervisor. A sample proposal form is available at the NSMDC Inc. FASD Community Coordinators Table. This component respects the diversity of our seven communities as one size does not fit all!

134. Project PartnershipsThe NSMDC FASD Project partnered with:Glenelg Youth AllianceNew Brunswick Community College, MiramichiPartnered Activities:Development of the NSMDC FASD Manual: Behind The Belly.Three-Day Youth event in Metepenagiag. March 2011Conference: Developing the Childs Spirit, April 2011.The community coordinators partnered with agencies / organizations in their communities on issues related to FASD.

Some community coordinators made presentations in schools.14Highlights of District Level ActivitiesDevelopment of pamphlet customized for communitiesDevelopment of Behind the Belly Information Guide for communitiesCollection and sharing of resources from across Canada for community resource centersConference: Developing the Childs SpiritGuest Speakers Glenda Carson, Pre-Natal Nurse, IWK & Isabel den Heyer, ConsultantMeeting with District 16 School Board

15Highlights of Community ActivitiesParticipated in the district-wide Youth Event held in Metepenagiag in March, 2011Took part in leadership events, such as those promoting Shannens DreamHeld youth events in their communities and developed relationships with parentsBegan to collaborate with other agencies / organizations in their communities Shared information on FASD in communities

All Communities:16Highlights: Examples of communal events17Highlights: Examples of communal events18Highlights: Examples of communal events19Lessons LearnedWorking with partners helped me to adapt and respect others views.I had to be assertive when it came to sharing the workload We now write things down and discuss how we share. It takes time to build relationships with parents dont worry if things go slowly at first.20Lessons LearnedWhen presenting to groups, understand that there may be people in the audience who may have symptoms of FASD, but have not been aware of it before. It may be a good idea to have a debriefing room available and somebody ready who can provide counseling. Be organized and well prepared.Be sensitive to the composition of talking circles. Some people may be afraid to talk if a person with power, such as police officer or social worker, is in the circle.

21Project Evaluation:How well are we doing?As part of evaluation, we developed a questionnaire be given in years 1 & 2 of the project.

The results showed the areas where we had success and areas where we needed to do more work.

The results of the questionnaires given in years 1 & 2 can be seen at out table.

We are doing pretty good!

22Next Steps.2323Next Steps. Cont24We have much more information to share!Please look at our projects display tables for more information on our activities!25Thank you fromJaime LeviGina PatlesAnna AugustineKim HarrisonJolyne KnockwoodLisa SteevesPauline SanipassChristine LeblancAmanda Peter-PaulTracey Gray(List of all the coordinators)26