I live in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan with my husband Calvin, and we have two children. Our daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome twelve years ago, just before she started Grade 3. Our son just graduated from High School this past June.
I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree, (with a major of Special Education ~ Level II Certification) and two certificates in the Human Services Field. In the spring of 2008, I was named to the Provincial Autism Advisory Committee and recently named to the ASD Reference Group for the Ministry of Health. I am now the President of SaskFEAT, and Saskatchewan Representative – Provincial and Territorial Council – Autism Canada.
Through the Autism Society Canada, I was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my contributions to the betterment of the Autism Community in Canada, in 2012.
I balance a few “jobs”, besides volunteering with SaskFEAT and Autism Canada; being a Childcare and Home Management Specialist (a.k.a. Mom), Substitute Teacher, Recycling Technician, Commissioner and a Photographer with my business SNAPS and Productions by A.C.
There are many challenges facing persons with Autism there are two that are most important to me. The first is the challenge of building Autism Awareness, for to me, awareness is the foundation/key. The other is the challenge of securing equal access for services and qualified professionals for all individuals with ASDs, especially in rural and northern Saskatchewan.
I am looking forward to my tenure on this task force.