#044 Lisa Murphy: Leading by Example at the Lakeland Centre for FASD

fasd success show Nov 22, 2020

In today’s episode, you are going to learn what is possible in creating an agency to serve individuals with FASD and their families and caregivers. I’m talking to Lisa Murphy, the Executive Director of the Lakeland Centre for FASD. This Centre is one of the leaders in Canada for FASD programs and services. 

Lisa started with the Centre as a practicum student while taking a social work program and has risen over the years to the top.   She has worked in many capacities including advocacy and coordination of services for children, complex youth, and adults diagnosed with FASD and their families, consultation, and data collection, and as a program manager.  

We talk about her beginnings with the Agency and how she has got to where she is today, as well as: 

  • Services offered by the Centre fall into three broad categories: educate & prevent, identify & diagnose, and outreach & support;
  • The leadership and in supporting women with several key programs including their 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre and Parent and Child Advocacy Program; and
  • Advice to other communities looking to create a hub of services to support women, individuals with FASD, and their families and caregivers. 

The one thing that makes FASD so different is that there are no black and white answers. You can’t pick up a handbook and say, heath, this is what you have to do, because every individual needs something different and it’s completely about understanding that specific person.

I have known Lisa for many years. She is an incredible leader who remains down to earth and continues to inspire her staff and Board in being the best at what they do, and it shows with the caliber of programs they offer, and the success of those they serve,  to not only their community and province but now with COVID, offers training anywhere in the world. If you desire a multifaceted centre for your area, I recommend getting in touch with Lisa and the Lakeland Centre for FASD.  Be sure to check out their website for more details and some excellent resources.

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