Monthly Archives: November 2013

ACT Job Posting: Event Planner


 About ACT – Autism Community Training

ACT- Autism Community Training is a not-for-profit society that provides information and support to families and professionals across British Columbia about all aspects of autism, including referrals for diagnosis and treatment.

ACT’s mission is to provide excellent information and training in accordance with international best practices. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.

A vital part of ACT’s work is providing training opportunities on many facets of autism treatment as well awareness events aimed at improving acceptance for those with autism. ACT provides between 15 and 20 live events a year with audiences ranging from 30 to 500 participants. Attendees include parents and family members of those with ASD, para-professionals, school-based teams, and professionals, as well as adults with ASD.


Job Summary

The event planner is a key position at ACT. In addition to taking responsibility for event organization, their role is to collaborate with other staff members to facilitate ACT’s relationships with educators, therapists and families members across B.C.

Specifically, the event planner is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining event plans
  • Negotiating contacts, booking venues and ordering catering
  • Arranging travel and accommodation for staff and speakers
  • Planning and adhering to event budgets
  • Managing events and troubleshooting onsite
  • Identifying and coordinating event volunteers
  • Seeking event sponsorship
  • Event promotion


ACT is looking for someone with a proven record in event planning:

  • A BA and a certificate related to event planning or similar is preferred
  • Excellent organization, planning and project management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide-range of people including those with developmental disabilities/autism. Knowledge of autism and it’s impact on families is an asset
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within the field of event planning
  • The ability to coordinate multiple requests in a timely and diplomatic fashion
  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve on day to day tasks, with overall direction from the Manager of Training or Executive Director
  • Flexible, collaborative approach in working with co-workers
  • Experience with Social Media and basic website editing an asset
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge an advantage
  • Strong skills in Word and Excel programs required
  • Experience with booking AV equipment required
  • A valid B.C. Driver’s License and access to vehicle required

ACT offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Please provide salary expectations with your application.
Submit resume and cover letter confidentially to  before 3:30PM on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.  No telephone calls please.
Interviews are planned for December 12th and 13th, with an expected start date of January 6th, 2014.


Thank you to everyone who applied. This job posting is now closed. 

Free event in Punjabi and English (Dec 5th): Building a Bright Future for Children with Autism

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Surrey School District Office –  Room 2020, 14033—92 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

FREE! Register online or download flyer (pdf in English and Punjabi)
For more information, call ACT at 604-205-5467 or email Ruby Bhandal at

About the Information Evening

Siblings, parents, grandparents and neighbours— all are welcomed to this community event aimed at increased awareness of the potential of children and adults with autism. English-Punjabi translation will be provided.

This event has been organized by ACT’s South Asian Autism Awareness Committee and co-sponsored by the Surrey School District and the Canucks Autism Network.

For more details, including the schedule and list of presenters, visit the event details page or download flyer (pdf in English and Punjabi). English-Punjabi translation will be provided.

ACT Spring 2014 events

We’ve recently posted several upcoming ACT events, and registration is now open.

This spring, we’ve got Social Thinking, Puberty, Coaching and Toilet Training events. Register now and bring the whole team!

  • ACT has a generous Bursary Policy for those with low income or who have to travel. 
  • ACT events are pre-approved for your AFB funding.

Call or email our office with any questions: 604-205-5345 or 1-866-939-5188 or 

Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate at Douglas College

Douglas College – Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate is for practitioners who want to help people with autism spectrum disorder find and keep meaningful work. This fully online 15-credit public post-secondary credential is the first in Western Canada to address this important area of need.  CLBC/Douglas College Foundation bursary awards are available for this program.

Reposted to add that the registration deadline is November 30th, and the program starts January 2014.

Update your email contacts list: ACT email addresses update

In August, ACT transitioned from our address to – at the same time, we updated our email addresses.

Emails sent to our old address are being directed to our new addresses, but we encourage you to update your contacts list to our new addresses.