Staff Members

Executive Director – Deborah Pugh

Deborah Pugh has been active in the autism community since 1995, both on a provincial and national level.  In 2003, with the support of parents and professionals from around BC, Deborah founded ACT – Autism Community Training. In 2005, ACT began to provide information and support services to BC families under contract to the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development, this contracted relationship will end in June 2017.

From 1980 – 1994, Deborah was a journalist, working in Europe and the Middle East. She worked as a producer for the BBC African Service in London and as the UK’s Guardian Correspondent in Egypt from 1988 – 1994. Prior to founding ACT, Deborah also served as Executive Director of the Autism Society of British Columbia.

Deborah has a BA from McGill University, a MA from the University of London and a certificate in fundraising management from BCIT. Deborah has a young adult son with ASD. She is active in a number of provincial and national organizations. Currently she serves on:

  • Neuropsychiatry Planning Task Force – BC Children’s Hospital
  • National ASD Surveillance Committee – Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Online Mental Health and Autism Project (OMHAP)
  • Parent Coaching Research Project Steering Committee (Chair)
  • ACT’s South Asian Autism Project (ASAAP)

Awards:

BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists –2016 Distinguished Service Award

University of British Columbia’s Interprofessional Continuing Education Conference: Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities –                              2016 Outstanding Contribution Award

Manager of Autism Information Services – Louise Broadley

Louise Broadley has over 20 years experience in libraries and information settings and brings a wide range of knowledge to the development and management of information programs and services. Louise also has first hand experience with a number of issues related to children with special needs, particularly school-aged children. Louise has a Master of Library and Information Studies and will complete a Master of Special Education degree from UBC in the Spring 2017. She is the proud mother of an energetic and athletic young adult.

Manager of Communications – Amy Severson

Amy Severson has an MA in Distributed Learning (adult online education) and a BA in Communications. She has experience in managing educational technology training and implementation, teaching online facilitation and implementation for user experience. Previously, she worked at SFU as an Instructional Designer.

 Information Officer – Neetika Bains

Neetika Bains has a certificate in Management Systems and Web Publishing.  Neetika has been passionate about learning more about autism since her son was diagnosed at the age of 2 ½.  Her goal is to help other families empower themselves and advocate for their children.  Neetika has joined ACT as an Information Officer and is fluent in spoken Punjabi and understands Hindi. 

RASP Admin Officer and Information Officer – Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He has a research background studying parental well-being and emotional stress, and has previously worked for an IT and media consulting company. Jeff is passionate about empowering others to realize their full potential.

Information Officer – Christine Hung

Christine Hung has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Missouri. Christine entered the autism world in 2005 when her daughter was diagnosed at the age of 2 1/2. Since then, she has completed the Behavioral Interventionist fundamental course at Douglas College, and has joined ACT as an Information Officer. Christine is fluent in Mandarin and understands Cantonese.

Event Planner – Selina Lai

Selina Lai has a BA in Sociology and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. She has experience coordinating a wide range of social and fundraising events and workshops. Passionate about community, Selina has worked and volunteered for several child and youth serving organizations acting as a facilitator for youth workshops.

Financial Controller – Linda Leung

Linda Leung is a CGA with a business degree from UBC. Her professional experiences were mainly in the manufacturing and transportation industries, including the not-for-profit sector. She enjoys the natural beauty of BC and its many hiking trails, but also loves to travel. To relax, she likes to curl up in a sofa with a good book and attend yoga classes.

Information Officer – Erika Morrison

Erika Morrison has a BA in Sociology from York University. She previously worked for the Vancouver School Board as an SSA and has worked on ABA home teams and in community inclusion since 2005.

Website Officer – Ryan Quiring

Ryan Quiring has a Certificate in Web Development from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, a BA in Sociology from Simon Fraser University, and attended the New Media program at the University of Lethbridge. Ryan has previously worked in design and technical roles at DOXA Documentary Festival, Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus IT department, and CJSF Radio 90.1 FM.

Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant – Andrea Tai

Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. She previously worked with the UBC Kinesiology Outreach Programs as an Administrator and has also worked as a Behaviour Interventionist.