About Us

The Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society is a non-profit registered charity located in High River, Alberta and serving South Central Alberta.

Our mission is to enhance capacity for the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and for hte provision of care and support to rural communities. We have provided these services to communities in South Central Alberta for over 16 years. 

Our vision is:

Response today for a world without FASD tomorrow.

Our mandate is to:

Increase resilience and reduce harm through relational support.

We welcome any and all to our Resource Centre at 101- 520 Macleod Tr SW, High River.

Our Programs

FAMILY RESPONSE provides support to caregivers, connects support systems, and assists with the diagnostic assessment process.

ADULT RESPONSE provides support to adults who are interested in finding ways to reach their potential.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSE provides consultations, workshops, and in-services for professionals working with people affected by FASD.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE assists communities with the developments and maintenance of prevention and awareness initiatives.

PREGNANCY RESPONSE supports mothers in all trimesters to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.


Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society is built around two core assets, its people and its communities. That’s what makes working here so special. We believe that work is more than a place you go every day. It should be a place of exploration, creativity, professional growth and interpersonal relationships. It’s about being inspired and motivated to achieve extraordinary things. We want our people to take pride in their work and to make a difference with the individuals, families and communities we serve. After all, it’s the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience and passion of our people that make us who we are.

Our Values

  • We are committed to integrity, honesty, trust, and respect for all.
  • We are committed to a sustainable future
  • We are committed to responding to the unique needs of the rural community.
  • We are committed to continuous learning.
  • We are committed to inclusiveness.

“We just wanted to thank-you for always being there when we need you, you have been an excellent support person for our family over the past few years.”

C & A, High River, AB


Our People

imageDanna Ormstrup has been our fearless Executive Director for over fifteen years. She began working with kids and adults with learning disabilities in the early 1980’s while she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. She continued with this work until she decided to branch into something a little different, and worked at Parents Anonymous with moms who had parenting difficulties. From there she took a Recreation Therapy Diploma program and moved to High River, where she worked as a teaching assistant and a manager of an agency that supports adults with developmental disabilities. Now as our Executive Director, Danna brings her belief that working with people who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol is the most challenging, yet most rewarding role she has had. Her role combines care and support of families, prevention and awareness initiatives, and professional education and support.


imagePam Henheffer has been our Program Manager for over six years, and with the FFAS for eight. Pam previously worked for 28 years as Assistant Manager in a family-based residential program for children in government care. Pam and her husband of over 40 years, Alan, were also directors of their own supported independent living/foster care program for over 18 years. They have four children of their own, 12 grandchildren, numerous foster children, and now many foster grandchildren! Pam has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to families affected by FASD. She was a member of the steering committee when FASD services were first brought to the High River area.


imagePam Groeneveld has worked with the FFAS for over six years in Family Support, and is a reliable and compassionate support to our families. Pam was born and raised in the Foothills and after obtaining her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Alberta, she married and settled back in rural Southern Alberta. Pam is one of the kindest souls you could ever meet! She and her husband Buck have a ranch North of Blackie, and have three lovely children.



Jacqui Patterson is part of our Adult Support Team. Jacqui lives in High River and has worked in the field of FASD for over 15 years in different capacities with non profit societies and has worked FFAS for 6 years, with a break after the flood, when she worked for the Town of High River in their Disaster Recovery Program. Jacqui loves the diversity of her job and looks forward to coming to work each day. She is also an active volunteer in the community.




imageKathy Lambourn is part of our Adult Support team. She is a born and raised High Riverite who has a passion for community. Kathy works alongside Tammy to develop programs that help adults with FASD reach their full potential. She is playful and always brings a laugh to our office! Kathy lives in High River with her husband Chad, and daughter Trista.




Anne Eichmann is part of our Family Support Team in Airdrie.

Alaine Kowal is our Office Administrator and the smiling face you see at the front desk.



Interested in joining us a practicum student? Send applications to danna.ormstrup@foothillsfas.com.