An Appeal to the Autism Community to Fund Live and Online Training

If you have enjoyed ACT’s live or online training, please consider donating to these projects. See ACT’s Annual Reports for details of our projects. As a federally registered not-for-profit society ACT can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. ACT’s Charitable Tax Number is #861691236RR0001.

How to Donate

Should you wish to discuss your donation or sponsorship in detail, please contact ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Pugh at 604-205-5467 or

Directly by credit card or cheque

ACT accepts donations through Visa or Mastercard by telephone or by cheque. Please make all donation cheques out to ACT-Autism Community Training. 

Suite 150 – 2250 Boundary Road,
Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5M 3Z3
Telephone toll-free: 1-866-939-5188
Metro Vancouver: 604-205-5467
Fax: 604-205-5345

The United Way

Designate ACT to receive some or all of your United Way donation. Use our full official name, ACT- Autism Community Training Society, the city we are based in – Burnaby – and our charitable registration number – #861691236RR0001. Your contribution is counted towards the United Way’s annual goal, and they in turn send the amount you specify to ACT.

Employer Charitable Funds

Workplace funds such as Team TELUS Charitable Giving and other workplace dollar match employee contributions. Please maximize your gift by tying it to your workplace program. is a Canadian registered charity that gives us an affordable and efficient way to receive online donations. CanadaHelps issues tax receipts immediately and forwards your donation to the charity you chose. For more information about CanadaHelps, including their privacy policy, visit the FAQ.

Chimp is a Vancouver-based organization that accepts and distributes online donations on behalf of registered charities. Your donation can be made anonymously (or not), and get your tax receipt immediately (or access it later in your Chimp account). Donate to ACT via Chimp.

Support Live and Online Training

Free Online videos: Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)

Autism Videos @ ACT provides free, online and evidence based training thanks to sponsorship. Donate to maintain this resource and for new online resource development.

Bursary Fund for low-income attendees or those with travel costs

As event costs have escalated, it has been increasingly difficult to meet all the bursary requests that we receive. In 2016, we provided over $25,000 in bursaries allowing more people to attend our live events.

Bringing events in under-served communities in B.C.

ACT would like to bring more live events to communities across the province. Travel costs and lower registrations outside the Lower Mainland make this difficult. Financial sponsorship helps cover these costs.


Recognizing our Funders, Donors & Sponsors

ACT would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing support:

The British Columbia Ministry for Children and Family Development provides core funding for ACT’s information and support work, as well as the management of the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).

Simon Fraser University’s Department of Psychology supports ACT’s live and online training by providing their facilities to ACT at a reduced cost, including the professional production of our online videos.

2017 Donations and Sponsorship

Monthly Donors


Other donations
$1,000 – $5, 000
  • RBC Foundation
  • International Autism Foundation CANADA 
$100 – $500
  • Yi-Wen Chen
  • Maura Majano
  • Ken Brown
under $100
  • Barbara Rettie
  • Anonymous
  • Evans Consulting and BI Agency
  • Chris Hill, in memory of David Finkelstein

2016 Donations and Sponsorship 

Thank SeymourTripleGLogoyou to everyone who has sponsored or donated to the  Seymour Triple G fundraiser. We have listed these donors on the Seymour Triple G website. Click here to see our thank yous, and
then click on the Individual Donors header to see the complete list of donors.

$1,000 – $5, 000
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship for Positive Behaviour Support: What Parents Need to Know! (Sidney)
  • RBC Foundation
  • Tony Yue via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Pat Mirenda
$100 – $500
  • Michael Craig, via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous, via United Way of Calgary and Area (3)
  • Charlene Groves, via United Way of Fraser Valley
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Team Telus Cares
  • Consensus Medial Systems Inc.
  • Anonymous, via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Matt Mannix, via Canada Helps
  • Deborah Gibson
under $100
  • Anonymous, via United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Anonymous, via Vancity Community Foundation
  • Anonymous, via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Charlene Groves, via United Way of Fraser Valley
  • The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning Society 
  • Annie Wolverton
  • Liz McCaffery
  • Leila Meyer, via Vancity Community Foundation

2015 Donations and Sponsorship 

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Autism Speaks Canada – South Asian Autism Awareness project
$5,000 – $10, 000
$1,000 – $5, 000
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship for Teaching Social Thinking through Stories and Play for Early Learners and  Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary into the School and Home (Sidney)
  • Tony Yue via United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Elizabeth Benczkowski
$100 – $500
  • Consensus Medial Systems Inc.
  • Christopher Meyrick
  • Charlene Gloves (via United Way Fraser Valley)
  • Alfred Cheng
  • Anonymous donation via the United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous donation via the United Way of Calgary (4)
  • Anonymous donation via Team Telus Charitable Giving Program
  • International Autism Foundation – to support ACT’s bursary fund
under $100
  • Trevor Hughes
  • Simone Hung
  • Annie Wolverton
  • Liz McCaffery
  • Anonymous donation via United Way of Fraser Valley (2)
  • Anonymous donation via United Way of Calgary

2014 Donations and Sponsorship 

Each year ACT’s events are supported by a variety of organizations, allowing us to present around the province, and keep our registration costs as low as possible. ACT does not receive government support for our training – they are largely self-supporting through registration fees and sponsorship. Many of the events detailed below would not have happened without their financial support. In addition, special project funding allow us to do innovative work that is not possible with the funding normally available to us.

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Autism Speaks Canada – Getting the Word Out on Employment for Adults with ASD project
  • Row4Autism – Sponsorship for Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)
$5,000 – $10, 000
  • Els for Autism – Sponsorship for Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA)
$1,000 – $5,000
  • BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BC-CASLPA) – Sponsorship for event Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play (Kelowna)
  • BC Government and Service Employees’ Union – Sponsorship for event Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play (Kelowna)
  • Canucks Autism Network – Sponsorship for video Ready, Set, Coach (Vancouver)
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers – Sponsorship for event Navigating Puberty and Adolescence (Sidney)
  • Tony Yue
$500- $1,000
  • Nicole Sapriken & Friends of Autism Ride for Success
$100 – $500
  • Anonymous donation via Telus Charitable Giving Program
  • Individual donations via United Way Ottawa, United Way of Calgary and the United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Individual donation via Canada Helps
  • Jill Bert
  • Anonymous “In honor of Patricia Mirenda”
  • Chistopher Meyrick
under $100
  • Individual donation via United Way of Calgary
  • Individual donations online (5)
  • Ying Li
  • Tracey Dumoulin

2013 Donations and Sponsorship 

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Autism Speaks Canada – Sponsorship for the 2013 Focus on Research conference (Vancouver)
$5,000 – $10,000
  • The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation – Sponsorship for the Sibshop Training event (Vancouver)
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers – Sponsorship for Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS (Sidney)
  • NeuroDevNet – Sponsorship for videotaping of Focus on Research 2013
  • Tony Yue
$500 – $1,000
  • Mackenzie Financial (Ting Ying Zhong)
  • Sinneave Family Foundation  – Focus on Research 2013
  • Telus Corporation
  • Vivian Walker “in memory of Richard”
$100 – $500
  • Jill Bert
  • The Coast Capri Hotel
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Amy Severson
  • Dr. Lee Tidmarsh
  • Anonymous donation via Canada Helps (3)
  • Anonymous  donation via United Way of Ottawa
  • Anonymous  donation via United Way of Calgary (2)
Under $100
  • Sarah Alvarez
  • Joanne Flowerdew
  • The Hydrecs Fund
  • Sharon Randhawa
  • Michael Alvin Reimer
  • Individual donation United Way of Greater Victoria (2)
  • Individual donation United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Individual donation via Canada Helps (2)
  • Individual donation via United Way of Calgary (3)

2012 Donors

  • Autism Speaks Canada
  • All those who donated so generously in memory of Anne Brown, mother of Jackie Brown.
  • Arlene Gallagher
  • Romy Chan
  • Saint Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church
  • United Way of Calgary – Donor Choice Program
  • Team Telus Cares
  • Blair Dwyer
  • Dave Singh
  • Mackenzie Financial (on behalf of T. Ying Zhong, a long-time ACT volunteer and Mackenzie Financial employee)
  • The many donors who gave under $100 in 2012.

2011 Donors

  • All those who donated Memorial gifts in honour of Hugo Chan.
  • All those who donated along the way to Cheryl and Leslie’s Triumph Tiger 800XC Adventure to Alaska and to Cheryl and Leslie for making the journey
  • Team Telus Cares
  • The City of Burnaby
  • Project Equal
  • Smart Centres Management\
  • Anonymous (in honour of Pat Mirenda and Jackie Brown)
  • The many donors who gave under $100 in 2011