BC Autism Awards: The Everyday Heroes in our Story


    Welcome to The 2020 BC Autism Awards presented by Applewood Auto Group.

    Nominations and raffle ticket sales are open NOW! 

    Join us as we share the stories of our everyday heroes who are changing the narrative on autism and inclusion. Together we will celebrate the passion, strengths, and achievements of volunteers, businesses, self-advocates, and community members across British Columbia.  

    Award winners will receive $1,000 to go towards a project that will advance their work in the category of their award, promoting the principles of inclusion and diversity. Nomination deadline: August 28, 2020.

    Plus, you can help us raise essential funds with the purchase of a 50/50 or raffle ticket with a Grand Prize of a brand new 2019 Nissan Kicks SV courtesy of Applewood Auto Group. Anyone 19+ in BC can enter. Funds raised go towards autism initiatives throughout British Columbia.

    Click the buttons below to nominate or buy a raffle ticket today!


    Enter the AutismBC Raffle for a chance to win a car!

    A slash at top left corner that says "Grand Prize: 2019 Nissan Kicks SV!" with a black sports vehicle. Words at the bottom says "presented by Applewood Auto Group"

    More great prizes:
    2nd Prize: 75” Samsung 4K Smart TV
    3rd Prize: Apple iPad Air 256 GB
    Early Bird Prize: GoPro Hero 8 Camera and Travel Pack

    Ticket Price:
    $20 for 1
    $50 for 3
    $100 for 10

    Early bird deadline: August 28th
    Final draw for all other prizes: October 25th
    (Early bird winner is re-entered for final prizes.)

    There’s also a 50/50 you can enter for just $10.


    Nominate an everyday hero in the following categories:

    • Volunteer of the Year: Awarded to a volunteer whose work has positively influenced the autism community. (Sponsored by Pawlik Automotive)
    • Self-Advocate of the Year: awarded to an autistic self-advocate who has advanced the well-being of other autistic people.
    • Inclusive Employer of the Year: Awarded to an organization or company that has demonstrated inclusive practices and support for individuals on the autism spectrum. (Sponsored by Orbital Learning)
    • Regional Community Impact Award: Awarded to an individual, business or community group that has demonstrated a commitment to creating inclusive communities by championing opportunities for community members on the autism spectrum. Open to 4 regions in BC:
      • Lower Mainland
      • Interior BC
      • Vancouver Island (sponsored by Quality Foods)  
      • Northern BC
    • Nina Pickburn Award: nominated by the AutismBC Board of Directors for outstanding contribution to autism in BC.
    Know someone who does amazing work for the autism community?
    Here’s the nomination process to help you get started:
    Awards criteria pdf.




    • Click on the nomination link below.
    • Register with the Awards Force website with your email. 
    • Fill in the Application with questions about your nominees’ role, impact, reach, engagement, challenges, and inspiration. Please also tell us how your nominee will use the $1,000 prize if they win. (Your answers will be limited to 300 words each.) 
    • Upload 3 photos of your nominee that showcase their personality and the amazing work they do.
    • Upload a maximum 1-minute video of yourself telling us why you are nominating your nominee.
    • Nomination deadline: August 28, 2020.

    That’s it! Click below to nominate a hero now!


    Oh, and don’t forget to purchase some raffle and 50/50 tickets. You could win a fantastic prize! Raffle ticket sales open NOW! Click below to buy a raffle ticket today!


    Raffle rules of play pdf. 


    Meet the BC Autism Awards Jury Committee

    Our jury committee is made up of influential partners and champions of autism communities throughout British Columbia. They include parents, self-advocates, and business leaders who care about the future of inclusion and diversity.


    SF Walker—Self-Advocate and Manager of Voices of Autism

    Dr. Glen Davies—Director of ABLE Clinic

    Dr. Anthony Bailey—Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Institute of Mental Health Chair at UBC

    Karen Bopp—Director of Provincial Outreach & Adjunct Professor of Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism

    Cindy Bratkowski—AutismBC Board Member

    Carol Simpson—Director of Orbital Learning Inc./Founder and CEO of Focus Professional Services Inc.

    Stephanie Jull—VP Programs, Training & Community Engagement of Canucks Autism Network

    Carrie Ferguson—Executive Director of The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning

    Jordon Oliver—Parent Advocate/Local Co-founder of Pacific Autism Family Network Prince George Spoke

    Kimberlee Howland—Family Resource Navigator, Nanaimo Child Development Centre

    Rebekah Kintzinger—Self-Advocate and CASDA Board Member

    Emma Smith—Self-Advocate

    Andrea Paquette—President & Co-Founder of Stigma-Free Society



    Thank you to our incredible sponsors

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