Herring Sale for Autism

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

3080 Moncton Street, Richmond (view on map)

To kick off fundraising in 2019, ACT – Autism Community Training will benefit from a ‘Herring for Autism Sale’, sponsored by Oceanside Fisheries, on Saturday, January 12 in Steveston, Richmond, the heart of the Lower Mainland’s fishing industry. In January 2018 we sold over 6,000 pounds of herring!

Cost: The 20lb (9kg) bags are $20 each with all proceeds going to ACT. ACT volunteers will deliver the herring to the cars of eager customers. Payment in cash, credit, or debit. See below for how to pay in advance to speed up pick up! The dock is located next to Garry Point Park, within walking distance from Steveston Village at 3080 Moncton Street, Richmond (map)

Steveston’s fishing industry is renowned for its generous support for those with special needs in B.C., but Oceanside Fisheries owners Mike Rekis and Anne McCaw have a special tie to the autism community: “Our daughter is a very able adult now, but we haven’t forgotten how important ACT is to the success of children and adults with autism. We are supporting ACT because our family believes that the next generation of B.C. children deserves to have access to ACT’s impartial information and training resources,” explains Anne McCaw, a former ACT Board Member.

“ACT is heartened by the support we are receiving from Oceanside. We support all of B.C. with our free online information and training resources,” says Deborah Pugh, ACT’s Executive Director, “Every bag of herring sold will help us continue to provide families with vital information on how to help their children.”

Herring Recipes

ACT is collecting herring recipes to share. Email your recipes to info@actcommunity.ca or try one of these:

Volunteer at the Herring Sale

Volunteer at the Herring for Autism Fundraiser

We’re looking for volunteers to help out at the 2019 Herring Sale! Meet sea lions and help raise money for free autism resources.

Email info@actcommunity.ca for details.

Pre-Order Your Herring

Online sales are now closed, see you in Steveston!

Pick up your pre-order by showing your ID at the gate on January 12 from 8:00am-3:30pm.

Location: 3080 Moncton Street, Richmond

The Health Benefits of Herring

According to the UK Guardian: “Herring is one of the very best food sources of vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in our climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.

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Resources for Parents and Professionals

ACT’s Accomplishments in 2018

ACT – Autism Community Training is British Columbia’s leading provider of community-based professional development and parent training in autism and special needs. Since 2010, ACT has trained over 17,000 registrants, providing 143,000 hours of live training featuring leading clinicians and researchers.

In 2018, ACT provided:

  • Over 19,000 hours of training to nearly 2,000 registrants featuring provincial and international experts – a 55% increase for both hours of training and registrants over 2017;
  • 14 evidence-based training opportunities across a wide-range of topics;
  • Training in four B.C. cities: Surrey, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria;
  • Web streaming to allow over 700 registrants to join five training events from all regions of BC and beyond. This is 138% more web streaming viewers than ACT hosted in 2017;
  • $21,000 in bursaries in the form of reduced registration fees for low income registrants.

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In 2018, ACT trained:

  • Over 900 professionals including physicians, CLBC Facilitators, social workers, psychologists, speech language pathologist, occupational therapists, behavior analysts and teachers;
  • Over 500 family members, including parents and foster parents;
  • 350 para-professionals -staff from group homes, school districts and early intervention programs.

In 2018, ACT’s live event web streaming:

  • Trained 700 registrants across five web streamed events.
  • Reached audiences from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia.
  • Provided professional development to both individuals and school teams of up to 50.

For a complete list of ACT’s training events, see List of ACT Events 2018.