Celebrating 20 Years of FASday

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers –
Brian Philcox and Bonnie Buxton – Thank you!

Parents create first international grassroots movement to celebrate awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders September 9, 1999 at 9:09 am.

Our first three pioneers are the founders of FASWorld, Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox and the developers of International FASDay, Teresa Kellerman, Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox.

Brian Philcox and Bonnie Buxton - FASD PioneersBrian Philcox —is a career communicator, and has worked in government, academia and the private sector. In 1999, Buxton and Philcox created FASworld Canada, a not-for-profit organization which provides a support group for parents in the Toronto area, gives workshops and FASD training for parents and professionals, and consults to families across Canada and worldwide. Last year, Brian lit up Toronto in Red for International FASDay. He continues to be an international advocate.
Hope-Love-Joy-MomWe honor Brian’s work also with the LOVE – JOY – HOPE – MOM  Brian your FASDAwareness Campaign is brilliant! Posters available for purchase.


Bonnie Buxton — is a now retired journalist, editor, and screenwriter whose articles have appeared in numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers. Her book about FASD, “Damaged Angels,” was published in Canada (Knopf, 2004) and in the U.S. (Carroll & Graf, 2005). Trust your crazy ideas,” says a sign on Bonnie Buxton’s bulletin board. Along with her husband, Brian Philcox, Buxton came up with the idea of International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day (FASDay) in January 1999.

“We were digging out our cars from the great Toronto snowstorm,” Buxton recalls. “Warming up over coffee, we realized that on 1999-09-09, a whole lot of nines would be coming together. What about using that date to remind the world that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should not drink alcohol?”

Check out Create a Support Group on Bonnie and Bruce’s website.

Teresa Kellerman

She is one of the most dynamic parent pioneers we know!


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