Young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will benefit from a donation of $5,000 from the Delta Foundation to Dan’s Legacy. the foundation which runs the program. “It’s thanks to organizations like the Delta Foundation that we are able to provide unique programming for an underserved and very much at-risk group of youth in our community”, says Barbara Coates, executive director at Dan’s Legacy. “The young people who participate every week tell us how much they enjoy the workshops, the learning and the social connection. They look forward to coming every Saturday as they really feel welcome.”

Photo: (L-R) Tom Littlewood (Program Director, Dan’s Legacy) and Barbara Coates (Executive Director, Dan’s Legacy), accept a cheque for $5,000 from Peter Roaf and Carlene Lewell (Directors, Delta Foundation), with the program’s Mentor Myles Himmelreich looking on. The funds will go towards Dan’s Legacy’s Supported Program for Youth with FASD pilot program in partnership with the Asante Centre.

Young people diagnosed with FASD are statistically more likely to endure trauma, are at risk of poor life outcomes such as early school dropout, justice involvement, entrenched addiction and unemployment. Specialized support services are rare in British Columbia, though youth who are appropriately supported can achieve positive results.

Youth like “Josh” who was born with FASD, something his adoptive parents knew from the beginning. He had difficulty with social interaction, no friends, and was uncomfortable trying new things. Since participating in the workshops he’s gained a better understanding of his diagnosis, is becoming much more social and eagerly looks forward to participating in the workshops with his new friends.

“Dan’s Legacy makes a valuable contribution to our community of Delta among others in reaching out to help young people making better lives for themselves,” says Delta Foundation Chair, Noël Philippot. “The Delta Foundation is happy to support this health and social service which can make our community stronger and a better place to live.”

Dan’s Legacy provides therapeutic counselling and life-skills intervention programs to youth battling mental health and addictions issues resulting from childhood trauma and abuse. In the past three years Dan’s Legacy has helped over 150 youth meet their educational, housing and life-goals. Tom Littlewood (Program Director) at 604-999-9136; Barbara Coates (Executive Director) at 604-329-9186, or barb@danslegacy.com.