AutismBC has acted as a primary source of autism information for families and professionals throughout the province of BC for over 40 years. Dissemination of information and referral of services are available through our Informational Officers and Regional Coordinators.
AutismBC’s Information Officers and Regional Coordinators have been personally impacted by ASD and have navigated the complex system of autism funding, programs and services in British Columbia. They are knowledgeable about a wide array of current and relevant autism topics and can direct families and professionals to the services that best suit their needs. Our Information Officers and Regional Coordinators can assist families and individuals with support, planning, obtaining services, and submission of necessary documents.
Meet Our Information Officers:
Lindy Chau has been an Information Officer with AutismBC since 2001. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology in Hong Kong prior to launching her career in Canada. As a parent of an individual on the spectrum, Lindy has experienced first-hand the challenges of navigating autism funding and services. Her expertise provides meaningful guidance for AutismBC clients both in person and over the phone.
Stella Hui joined AutismBC in 2006, bringing with her a valuable skill set to help families navigate available autism resources. Stella is a graduate of the University of Alberta where she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy, she has since been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years. As a parent of an individual on the spectrum, Stella has experienced first-hand the challenges of navigating autism funding and services. Her expertise provides meaningful guidance for AutismBC clients both in person and over the phone. In addition to her role as an Information Officer, Stella has experience as a Librarian running AutismBC’s Lending Library, facilitating Burnaby’s Community Support Group, supporting Community Support Groups across the province and supervising volunteers, including those who are adults on the spectrum. Stella has been instrumental in AutismBC’s program development through her in depth knowledge of the autism community
Meet Our Regional Coordinators:
Our Regional Coordinators are also Information Officers. They can provide email, phone, and in-person support for the information and resources that individuals with autism, their families and professionals are looking for in their region.
Northern BC – Corey Walker
Corey Walker joined AutismBC as the Northern BC Branch Coordinator in 2012. 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.
Vancouver Island – Amanda Flentjar
Amanda Flentjar is our Regional Coordinator for Vancouver Island. Her autism journey began in 2006 when her son was diagnosed. Looking for connection and guidance she joined a family support group which she would later go on to facilitate.
Amanda has been running the Comox Valley Autism Family Support Group since 2014. With the support of her incredible community, that includes not only parents of autistic children but also autistic adults, they have hosted many awareness events and expanded supports and resources throughout the Comox Valley. In 2016 Amanda began collaborating with Autism BC and joined our staff in 2017.
Amanda is a caring, knowledgeable and passionate individual who strives to support the autism community in her region with a strong focus on inclusion and listening to the voices of the autistic individuals in her community. She is an advocate not only for parents and caregivers but also for autistics helping them navigate systems to find the resources, supports and help they need and the respect they deserve.
Interior BC – Lisa Watson
Lisa Watson joined AutismBC in 2015 and became an excellent touch point in the Kelowna area. Lisa studied Communications at SFU in Burnaby, BC, she then relocated to Kelowna, BC in 2000. Having a son with profound autism, Lisa is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those impacted by ASD. When Lisa’s son was diagnosed in 2008, she began an informal support group of parents and caregivers where she started sharing information about autism and autism related events with these families. She is also one of the primary organizers of the Kelowna Autism Awareness Walk that began in 2013. The people that Lisa has met because of her son’s autism have inspired her to support others and make navigating the autism world less isolating for others.
Click here to learn more about our Officers and Coordinators and meet the rest of the team.