Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


  • Sunday, March 13th 2016. 7:00-8:00 pm

I will be speaking about my memoirs and FASD on ARTWAVES: a live radio broadcast from Mohawk College. ARTWAVES is an arts interview radio program which airs live every Sunday, from 7-8 pm, at 101.5 FM. Google “l0l5 The Hawk” to listen to the program in real time, or listen to podcasts at

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FASD Art Waves Radio Podcast

Hear my FASD Art Waves Radio Podcast

It was my privilege to be interviewed live by Art Waves radio host, Bernadette Rule, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, on the subject of FASD and also my memoirs: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, plus my novellas. My two memoirs are FREE to download to an e-reader from my website,

Follow this link to my FASD Podcast:


  • Thursday, March 24th 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm

I will be hosting an FASD event evening at Turner Park Library, Hamilton, Ontario. Speakers will include Mark Courtepatte and Savanna Petriano from Hamilton FASD Caregivers Support Group, and Tim Groenewegen, a special needs educator with the HWDSB. Together we hope to bring information, guidance, and support to those interested in learning about FASD, its symptoms, challenges, and services. Event is free.


FASD Awareness Event

Me with speaker Tim Groenewegen at the event.

Update! Given the terrible weather: freezing rain, snow, ice pellets and strong winds, on the day of the event, the turn-out was amazing. Thank you to all who pushed through the bad weather to attend. It was my privilege to host the event and also speak on my experiences raising four grandchildren with FASD over a twenty-year period. I also invited two speakers: Mark Courtepatte, co-founder of Hamilton (Ontario) FASD Caregiver Support Group, and, Tim Groenewegen, a special needs educator with HWDSB.

Mark offered the participants information on FASD, its symptoms, effects, challenges, and misconceptions. Tim spoke of his experiences teaching children with FASD, his strategies, goals, and coping skills within the classroom.

Thank you to Mark, Tim, Kate Morrison: Event Librarian, and all who attended.