You know when you meet someone, and you're like "Man, they're wicked smart," and then you realize they're on your team. Such is the case with Katharine Dunbar Winsor, the Executive Director of fasdNL (Newfoundland & Labrador).
Katharine is the Executive Director of fasdNL. Prior to her appointment, Katharine previously worked as fasdNL’s Project Coordinator since 2015. Katharine is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Her SSHRC funded research examines the experiences of criminalized mothers and substance use in Atlantic Canada.
Katharine completed her Master’s thesis entitled “If we get beyond the stereotype: professionals’ experiences attending to FASD, social supports and stigma in Newfoundland and Labrador” at Memorial University. Katharine has published and presented at various conferences on FASD and the justice system, criminalized women, and feminist criminology. She is passionate about collaborative FASD work and research across Newfoundland and Labrador and within Atlantic Canada.
And if that isn't enough, Katharine is also a caregiver to three children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
In today's podcast, we talk about a wide array of topics, from how getting a diagnosis for her children led to her FASD research to her eventual work with fasdNL, why she painted her car to look like a red shoe and how she and her husband manage as caregivers to three kids on the spectrum at home.
Preventative parenting is a huge part of how we parent kids with FASD. Seeing the risk before it happens so you can put a plan in place, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. It's tricky because you also want to give the individual time to live up to their potential.
In addition to some excellent caregiving tips we talk about her work and what fasdNL is doing for awareness and services. She presents information in a way that I love - soundbites. There are a couple she says that I am straight up adding to my future FASD talks.
Make sure to give them a follow. Newfoundland and Labrador are in great hands with Katharine at its FASD helm.
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