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September 27th 2011:Young adults, Mental Health and the Justice System

Gerard Allard, who entered politics as a Manitoba Liberal, is a City of Winnipeg police officer with 24 years of service. Bruce Ritchie is Moderator & CEO of FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society, and single father of a son who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome as an infant. They describe young adults who get into trouble with the justice system. They discuss the challenges mental health conditions bring to young adults. They explain the problems with mental functioning that cause the young adults to get into trouble. They share views about the ways in which the police and the justic

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Gerard Allard

Gerard Allard, who entered politics as a Manitoba Liberal candidate for St. James, is a City of Winnipeg police officer with 24 years of service. Much of his career has been spent in the North End and Inner City. He has a keen interest in the prevention of FASD and developed a passion for social issues during his 11 years within the Community Support Unit. He developed and implemented Project Breakaway, which allows police to coordinate intervention with health care providers and social agencies when working with primarily homeless individuals. He also developed a community-based youth initiative called the North End Hockey Program in co-operation with a local Aboriginal agency. He believe
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Bruce Ritchie

Bruce Ritchie is Moderator & CEO, FASLink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society, and a single father of a son who was diagnosed with FAS as an infant. With early diagnosis and intensive intervention and despite great challenges, his son graduated from high school as an Ontario Scholar and is now studying online for his BA. In 1991, Bruce was a founding director of the Fetal Alcohol Support Network, a branch of which went online with FASlink, now serving more than 400,000 people annually. He received Toronto’s St Michael's Hospital’s Award for Pioneer Work in the Area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. In 2007, He led the Great FASD Horseback Ride and Trek across Canada. He received Eagle Feather
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