We are pleased to announce the appointment of Darla Rasmussen as the new Program Manager of Through an Aboriginal Lens (TAL). TAL is a collaboration between Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia and the Asante Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C. that provides support to Indigenous youth who have been referred for a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessment by Youth Probation Officers in B.C..
Darla is a Red Butterfly Woman from Siksika, a Blackfoot Nation about an hour outside Calgary. She has lived most of her life in British Columbia, being principally raised in Abbotsford. Darla is a family woman with two boys who are also rooted in Skatin (In-SHUCK-Ch Nation) and she has a loving partner from the Bridge River Band in Lillooet.
Having worked for over a year as a Family Preservation Worker for TAL, Darla is already familiar with the work of the program and understands FASD. The program supports youth through the FASD assessment process and facilitates communication with family and any persons related to the assessment process or the youths’ engagement with the criminal justice system. This wrap around and culturally influenced support helps reduce the number of youth with FASD entering into ministry care and the criminal justice system and assists youth in reconnecting with birth families, communities and cultures.
Darla says that she is very humbled and excited to be the new Program Manager and is both motivated and optimistic as the program moves forward. Darla has been working in the helping field and with Indigenous communities since 2004.
Darla can be contacted by Cell: 604-349- 2578 and Phone: 604-467- 7101. For more information on our TAL program please visit www.throughanaboriginallens.ca and www.nccabc.ca.