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Province Invests $20 million Toward Autism Centre
A major announcement today.From the News Release
MAY 2014: Article in Richmond Review
A planned centre for the study, treatment and assessment of autism
we want to engage with parents, family members, service providers, professionals and individuals on the spectrum to learn more about existing services in your community and how Pacific Autism Centre Society can help meet those needs.
Hello & Welcome
The project is in the very early stages of development and we want this blog to be an interactive tool where people in the BC autism community can find out about the project and contribute ideas and input.
Vancouver Focus Groups
Due to demand we are holding two Vancouver Focus Groups
PAFC Project Update and Public Announcement
On February 28, 2011 Premier Gordon Campbell publicly announced the location of the site and the BC Government's commitment to the PAFC project yesterday
GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub
33 Million-Dollar Provincial Autism Family Foundation Centre Breaks Ground State-of-the-art facility and provincial network to support individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
Richmond Review Covers Autism Centre Plans
Construction of a new 58,000-square-foot centre for the study, treatment and assessment of autism, could begin on Sea Island in the next three months.
PAFC Governance Committee Nominations Open
The PAFC Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to the PAFC Governance Committee.
Construction Manager Engaged
Pacific Autism Family Centre hires Construction Manager
Project Director Hired
Terry MacKay joins the Pacific Autism Family Centre TeamVancouver, B.C., July 1, 2014
MAI 2014 : Article paru dans Richmond Review
Le projet d'un centre d'étude, de traitement et d'évaluation de l'autisme, premier du genre, progresse à Sea Island.
Richmond Review couvre les plans du centre d'autisme
La construction d'un nouveau centre de 58 000 pieds carrés pour l'étude, le traitement et l'évaluation de l'autisme, pourrait commencer à Sea Island dans les trois prochains mois
Provincial Autism Family Foundation Breaks Ground
Today the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) officially launches a comprehensive provincial network to support individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum and related disorders through a “hub and spoke modelled centre of excellence”.
BC HYDRO: Autism centre in Richmond designed to limit noise, energy use
BC Hydro, Cocchia says, was instrumental in ensuring that the new Pacific Autism Family Centre, scheduled for completion in summer/fall 2016, was designed specifically for the autistic community.Research suggests that many people with ASD find noise unpleasant and even shocking.
VIDEO OF OPENING REMARKS AT GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY DEC 2014
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, PAFC Founder and Co-Chair of the fundraising committee:
PRESS RELEASE: Variety Children’s Charity Announces Major Grant For Autism
$1 million Variety grant boosts Women’s Media Golf Classic fundraising to $1.25M
Rita Thodos Joins the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rita Thodos as Vice President, Fund Development to our Foundation.
Pacific Autism Family Foundation Receives $100,000 Donation from BMO Financial Group
Pacific Autism Family Foundation’s Board Chair and Co-Founder Sergio Cocchia displays a $100,000 presentation cheque from BMO Financial Group’s Henry Donkers, Steve Saccomano Derral Moriyama.
33 Million-Dollar Provincial Autism Family Foundation Centre Breaks Ground
Today the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) officially launches a comprehensive provincial network to support individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum and related disorders through a “hub and spoke modeled Centre of excellence”.
$75,000 Donation from TD Bank Group
Pacific Autism Family Foundation’s Founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia displays a $75,000 presentation cheque from TD Bank Group’s Stephen Vermette.
PRESS RELEASE: HIRINGS IN MAY 2015
Jenna Christianson-Barker Joins the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation
Canfor Donates $50,000 in Product to the PAFCF
Canfor donates $50,000 in product to the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation
Sotheby’s Presents, an evening of Art with Richard Brodeur and Pattiann Withapea, in support of the Pacific Autism Family Centre
Richard is teaming up with up and coming fine artist, Pattiann Withapea, for a Gallery Tour presented by Sotheby’s International in support of the Pacific Autism Family Centre foundation.
Pacific Blue Cross Commits $100,000 to PAFCF
Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation’s Board Members Grayden Hayward and Jack McGee display a $100,000 cheque from Pacific Blue Cross’ President and CEO, Jan Grude, Chair of Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation, Richard Taylor, and Simone Hung, Customer Service Representative, and her two sons.
Provincial Autism Support Strengthened Through New Federal Programs and LifeLabs Partnership with PAFCF
Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) will deliver the Canada-wide Ready, Willing & Able and GO Group programs to those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in BC and open an innovative blood lab through LifeLabs $150,000 donation.
FILMS FROM THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
Liam O'Rourke and Dan Ten Veen, Co-Founders and Directors of Spectrum Productions Montreal, are excited to work in collaboration with Sergio Cocchia and Pacific Autism Family Center to bring the incredibly creative works of over 50 talented filmmakers on the Autism Spectrum from Montreal to screen at Vancouvers Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema in the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
PAFC And Ready Willing and Able Launch a Job Seekers Database
Today the Pacific Autism Family Centre officially launches its Autism Job Seekers Database, in partnership with Ready, Willing and Able.
PAFCF Welcomes Trevor Loke as CEO
The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) welcomes Trevor Loke as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of July 1, 2016.
canfitpro: $100,000 to PAFCF
The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation is creating a hub and spoke network where children and families facing the challenges of autism can access information, treatment, research and support.
Inform Every Autism - Update June 2016
New resources to build connections between BC researchers and those affected by autism spectrum disorders have been released by the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) its research arm “Inform Every Autism” and its partners.
Open house at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub
Explore the new hub before we go into operation in January --three open houses are taking place this week at the following dates and times:
Pacific Autism Family Network Welcomes Dr. Gabe Kalmar as President/CEO
Pacific Autism Family Network welcomes Dr. Gabe Kalmar as President/CEO
Montecristo Magazine Features PAFN
Thank you Jim Tobler, Grady Mitchell and Montecristo Magazine.
Dr. Suzanne Lewis joins PAFN as Chief Medical Officer & VP of Research
Dr. Suzanne Lewis joins PAFN as Chief Medical Officer & VP of Research
The Goodlife Fitness Autism Family Hub Grand Opening
Pacific Autism Family Network, along with lead sponsor, GoodLife Fitness, opens the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub.
POPARD: Intro to Mindfulness for Young Adults
PAFN Welcomes Autism BC to its Main Hub in Richmond
Autism BC moves their Burnaby head office to the new GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond
BC Lions’ Games Just Got More Autism Friendly
The BC Lions and Pacific Autism Family Network are creating a first in the Canadian Football League.
PAFN Creates Canada’s Largest Luncheon for Autism
British Columbia’s new Parq Vancouver played venue host to the LAUNCH Holiday Luncheon that raised a whopping $513,000 for Pacific Autism families affected by ASD across the province
PAFN & MIRIAM FOUNDATION RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP CANADIANS IMPACTED BY AUTISM
The movement to assist Canadians living with autism, intellectual and development disabilities, and their families gained ground today when the government of Canada announced an investment of $20 million over 5 years as part of the 2018-2019 federal budget.
AIDE Canada Launches
Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE) is a wide-reaching initiative focused on offering information and support to neuro-intellectually diverse individuals and their families and caregivers.
Pacific Autism Family Network Welcomes New Executive Director
Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is pleased to welcome Dawn McKenna to the role of Executive Director of the Society which oversees the GoodLife Fitness Family Hub - Effective August 21, 2017.
PAFN Announces Voices of Autism
The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is pleased to announce the creation of the Voices of Autism (VOA)
PAFN Launches the GO Group Employment Initiative
The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is pleased to announce the launch of their GO Group Employment Initiative.
LifeLabs Now Accepting Patients at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub
LifeLabs is proud to announce that a specially designed Patient Service Centre (PSC) at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond (the Hub), in B.C., is now accepting customers.
Analysis Finds Serious Shortcomings in MCFD’s Proposed Assessment Tools
The British Columbia Disability Collective (BCDC) has written a media release to express their concerns regarding some serious shortcomings in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)’s proposed tools for determining which children with disabilities will qualify for support in the new Family Connections Centres (previously called Family Connections Hubs). You can read it here or click the image below: