Years of Good Work

The Autism Society of B.C. was founded in 1975, making it one of Canada’s oldest autism organizations. Our goal is to contribute to making British Columbia the best possible province for the care, inclusion and acceptance of people affected by autism spectrum disorder.

With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, the disorder is no longer a rarity. Thankfully this is less of an insurmountable challenge than it once was. The work being carried out in the field is helping to create best-practices that improve the quality of life for those impacted by autism.


Michael Lewis 1950 – 2016

It is with great sadness that the Autism Society of B.C. wishes to advise our members of the passing this weekend of our Past President Michael Lewis.

Michael was a director of A.S.B.C. for 15 years, including a remarkable ten years as President. He had also served as President of Autism Society of Canada and then was heavily involved in the amalgamation of two separate national organizations into Autism Canada. Michael was elected to the new Board and most recently acting as Chair of the Provincial and Territorial Council.

Perhaps even more impactful, than this impressive list of service, were Michael’s contributions as one of Canada’s leading autism advocates. Any family in B.C. today affected by autism owes a debt of gratitude to Michael, and his wife Jean, for their courageous leadership in organizing and directing groundbreaking, family funded, legal initiatives which have shaped the provincial landscape of autism funding for treatment as well as requirements for schools to provide proper autism services.

Michael was also involved in other community service including being a 3 term West Vancouver Councilor and a Past President of the B.C. Boys Choir.

For all his achievements Michael’s greatest passion and pride was his family. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife, Jean, their two sons, James and Aaron, his mother Audrey and his brother Kevin.

A private family service will be held on Monday August 15, 2016 followed by a public celebration of life from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse (6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver).

The family has requested no flowers please.  For those wishing to give some form of remembrance we suggest considering a contribution to the most firmly held belief, and committed cause, of Michael’s life: “Medicare for Autism Now”.  Donations can be made, or information found, at http://www.medicareforautismnow.org/

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