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Talking about substance use with our kids is important, but we don’t always know how.  Join us for a conversation with Senior Associates of Youth Substance Use Health Promotion, a Youth Addiction Counsellor, and Parents to talk about the basics of substance use; from pre-experimentation to casual using. We will focus on the importance of our relationships and staying connected to our kids.

This event will not cover chronic use and addiction.

Cindy Andrew is a mother of two, a former teacher and long time health promoter. She is a senior associate on the team leading The ABCs of Youth Substance Use, a BC government funded project focused on supporting schools – and by extension, parents and caregivers, in addressing substance use with youth. A former program consultant with the Canadian Institute on Substance Use Research, Cindy also works with a Vancouver Island based school district in supporting their health promoting schools related efforts, which includes connecting with and support parents and caregivers.

Angela Lawrence is a parent of 2, a certified educator and a registered clinical counsellor. Angela works to support youth who present with substance use issues.

Art Steinmann brings over 40 years of experience in substance use policy, education, program development, advocacy and health promotion work. Art is a Senior Associate, Youth Substance Use Health Promotion, Bunyaad Public Affairs Inc. From 2005 – 2021 Art was the co-founder, co-developer and Manager of Substance Use Health Promotion and SACY (Supporting and Connecting Youth) for the Vancouver School Board.

Victoria Keddis is a FamilySmart Practice Manager & Facilitator. Victoria is a mom of two adult children and is grateful for the teachings of her children along the way.




With gratitude, FamilySmart would like to acknowledge the generosity of Johnny’s Heart of Gold and the work and contribution of Bunyaad Public Affairs.