Lakeland resident Audrey McFarlane joins an elite group of distinguished Albertans, becoming one of only 212 to receive the Alberta Order of Excellence.
McFarlane, an advocate for those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), was honored alongside seven other deserving recipients in this year’s nominations.
Previously serving as the executive director at the Lakeland Centre for FASD and currently at the helm of the Canada FASD Research Network, McFarlane’s contributions to the FASD community are unparalleled.
“I’m very proud to have received this award,” McFarlane reflected. “The many people who have worked on FASD with me and supported our collective mission should see themselves in this award. It’s meant for all of us.”
Under McFarlane’s leadership, the Lakeland Centre has transformed from addressing what was once a silent disability to becoming one of the most rewarding institutions for FASD in the Country.
McFarlane’s passion has always been evident. “As time went on, we got community folks involved, began training, and learned more about the disorder. We realized there were no services available for those affected, some even struggled to get a diagnosis,” she shared.
“The Alberta Order of Excellence is an opportunity to celebrate those among us who bring a pioneer spirit and true commitment to moving our province forward,” said Lieutenant-Governor Salma Lakhani.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome these individuals as members of the order.”
Established in 1979, the Alberta Order of Excellence stands as the highest honor a civilian can achieve in the province. Recognized individuals who have showcased an exceptional commitment to the progress of Alberta, the award has a rich legacy.