Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


  • Wednesday April 25th, 7:00 pm.

I will be speaking at the Annual General Meeting of THE BRIDGE: FROM PRISON TO COMMUNITY.

Here is the blurb from The Bridge’s Newsletter.

The meeting is to be held at The South Gate Presbyterian Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton (Mountain). The meeting is open to everyone. Those who have given a donation of $10 or more, or have volunteered for 10 hours or more, since the beginning of 2017, and invited to attend as a voting member. Please call 905-522-0283 for more details. Our guest speaker for this evening is Barbara Studham. Barbara Studham Pic 3She has authored over a dozen books  including fiction, children’s  books and memoirs. Two  of her memoirs narrate her  experiences raising four  grandchildren with Fetal  Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This harrowing experience  included repeated encounters with the criminal justice system. Barbara has become an outspoken advocate for people with FAS. Many with FAS have compromised cognitive abilities, impulse control, and social skills as well as hyperactive and problems and memory difficulty. For some, this leads to behaviours that bring them in conflict with the law, and The Bridge regularly sees clients experiencing this disorder. Barbara Studham will bring a passionate and compassionate message on how we deal with people suffering from this condition.

  • Wednesday, April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm. 


On Wednesday April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm I will be teaching participants how to write their memoir. The sessions will be held at Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East L9B1C2 HamiltonON. Even if you have never written before, you are welcome to attend to learn how to compile your memoir. Register at 905-546-4790 as seating is limited. 


  • Sunday, February 18th 2018. 7:00-8:00 pm

Art Waves, Barbara Studham, 18 Feb., 2018

Barbara Studham, Speaking on Art Waves
Sunday , February 18th 2018

I will be speaking live on a radio broadcast from Mohawk College. about my memoirs, my children’s FASD picture book series titled Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. 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

If you missed it, following this link to my interview!


  • 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.

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 Pietrantonio 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.