British Columbia Excellence in Autism Awards


    The Awards:

    On Friday, April 20 the autism community of British Columbia will come together at the Goodlife Family Autism Hub, Richmond to celebrate the achievements of people and organizations who enhance the lives of individuals affected by autism across the province.  In their inaugural year, the awards will recognize and reward professionals, self-advocates, volunteers and businesses that have been vocal in their advocacy work for pushing communities towards an inclusive society where people on the autism spectrum can reach their full potential.


    1. Volunteer of the Year – presented to an individual whose work has positively influenced the lives of individuals, parents and professionals addressing autism in his or her community or provincially.

    Sponsored by Applewood Auto Group

    2. Self-Advocate of the Year – awarded to an individual with ASD who has advanced the well-being of others on the spectrum.

    Sponsored by AllWest Insurance

    3. Business of the Year – presented to an organization or company that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the autism community through inclusive practices and supports the advancement of individuals on the autism spectrum.

    Sponsored by Adecco

    4. Professional of the Year – awarded to a professional in the field of autism who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in terms of contributing to the life/lives of individuals with autism and/or to the cause of autism in general.

    How to nominate: 

    Anyone can nominate an individual or business for the British Columbia Excellence in Autism Awards simply fill out the online nomination form here.

    Nomination deadline is March 1st 2018.

    We wish to thank all nominations, however only short-listed nominees consideration will be contacted. Short-listed nominees with contacted in at end of March and invited to the awards night.


    Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)

    Founder of Pacific Autism Family Network 

    Wendy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Absolute Spa Group and Soluzione Spa Products. She is also the first female trustee on the Vancouver Police Foundation, a current fellow at Royal Roads University and has served on the boards of Tourism Vancouver, Destination B.C and currently BCLC.

    Dr. Glen Davies

    Director of ABLE Clinic

    Since 1990, Dr. Davies has presented hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout BC on autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and many related topics in clinical child psychology. He was instrumental in bringing early intervention services for children with autism to BC.

    Kristin Bower

    Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Vancity

    Kristin’s 15 year career in human resources has taken her from luxury hotels to top employment agencies and finally Canada’s largest credit union, Vancity. Over the years she has developed skills in employee engagement & recognition, recruitment and employee relations.

    Katy Harandi

    President and Chief Executive Officer of Canucks Autism Network

    Since 1995, Katy has devoted her time toward helping her daughter overcome many of the challenges with this condition. Katy is one of the co-founders of PALS. She is also a director of the board of the Adam’s Apples Foundation and the Stanford University Alumni Club in BC.

    Corey Walker

    Northern BC Regional Coordinator at AutismBC

    As an adult with Asperger’s, Corey understands first-hand what it’s like to live with ASD. This personal experience combined with Corey’s passion for helping others has driven him to focus on resources for adults with autism, a very underserved area of the autism community. In fact, over the past two years Corey has led an Annual Adult Conference catering directly to adults on the spectrum.

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