Recognizing our Funders, Donors & Sponsors

ACT depends on donations and sponsorship to allow us to develop and sustain our information and training resources which are accessible across B.C, throughout Canada, and around the world. 

Thank you to all of those who participated in the ‘Double Your Donation’ campaign.  Matching funds from the Dwyer-Ross family has meant that all donations from both individuals and organizations and have been doubled to over $90,000!

In addition to our generous donors and sponsors, listed below, we are very grateful to all the individuals and organizations who donate their time and expertise to our board, committees and live events. A crucial partner, enabling us to continue with live and web streamed events, is Simon Fraser University’s Department of Psychology, which provides SFU’s facilities to ACT at a reduced cost.

ACT welcomes donations year round:  there are many ways to donate .

Monthly Donors

Anne and Garth Stoll – In honour of Christian

Brent Shirley

Chris Hill – In memory of David Finkelstein

Chelsea Werrun

Deborah Pugh

Katrina & Michael Price

Ripple Web Design

Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting – In honour of those impacted by autism on Vancouver Island 

Shannon Muir

2019 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $50,000
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of 2nd Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
$5,000 – $10,000
  • Mary Ellen Ross & Blair Dwyer
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Denise Ching
$100 – $500
  • Birinder Narang
  • Teresa Blackstone
Under $100
  • Bev Kalegaric
  • Doug Swanson
  • Joan Vale
  • Michael Pellent

2018 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $50,000
  • Mary Ellen Ross & Blair Dwyer
  • Helen Margaret Ross
  • Sisters of Saint Ann
$5,000 – $10,000
  • Dr. Tony Yue
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at UBC – Sponsorship of Setting the Stage for Success: PBS in School, Home and Community
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship of Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World (Sidney) and Social Stories with Carol Gray (Nanaimo)
  • Simon Fraser University – Sponsorship of ACT’s 14th Annual Focus on Research: What is Research Telling Us About Girls and Women with ASD?
$1,000 – $5, 000
  • Amir Nowtash
  • Anne and Garth Stoll – in honour of Christian
  • Brent Shirley
  • Dr. Deborah Gibson
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Dr. Pat Mirenda
  • Jemana Elsharkawi – In Honour of those impacted by autism on Vancouver Island 
  • RBC Foundation – Sponsorship of the ACT Bursary Fund
  • Surrey School District – Sponsorship of Introduction to ASD: Practical Applications (Surrey)
$500 – $1,000
  • Herbert and Susan Stoll
  • Preetinder Narang & Manpreet Suhi
  • Mike Allan
  • Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn – In memory of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
  • Betty Ann & Harley Garreck
  • Rona Drewell – In honour of Adam
  • John G. Wong
$100 – $500
  • Allison Arai
  • Anonymous – In honour of Matthew Pestano
  • Bethany Becker
  • Carol Mirenda – in recognition of Pat Mirenda
  • Carol Mirenda – in recognition of Jackie Brown
  • Chris Hill – In memory of David Finkelstein
  • Constructive Pathways
  • Dennis Tal
  • Edward Lee
  • Elizabeth Too
  • Eva Major
  • Heather MacNaughton
  • Helen Taylor – In honour of Declan Taylor
  • Hendrika Koster – In honour of Deborah Pugh
  • Jennifer Benjamin
  • John Ross – In memory of Eileen Dwyer
  • Keeley Cotton
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Lilly Wong
  • Linking Autism and Families (LAAF)
  • Lori Woods
  • Louise Broadley
  • Lyle Lexier
  • Marcus Linden
  • M.J. Nelson & M.P. Poulin
  • Pathways in ASD and PACE Coaching Project Lab at UBC
  • Patty Zimmerman
  • Peter Slootweg
  • Richard Mirenda – In honour of Pat Mirenda and Jackie Brown
  • Rosemary Coupe
  • Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting
  • Samuel Yik
  • Shannon Muir
  • Shelby Dawson
  • Stacey Kelly – In honour of June Mrazek
  • Anonymous via United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous via CanadaHelps
Under $100
  • Anonymous – In honour of Mary Ellen Ross
  • Michael Craig
  • Brennan Kovacevich
  • Chantal Juilfs
  • Chelsea Werrun
  • Christina Tsang
  • Dave & Sharan Kunkel
  • Dot Murray
  • Eve Minuk
  • Gary Jone
  • Jennifer Persello
  • Joan Vale
  • Kathy Lowry
  • Kavita Kamat
  • Lara Therrien Boulos
  • Laurel McKinnon Duruisseau
  • Let’s Chat Services
  • Linda Leung
  • Mark Su
  • Mary-Ann Fulks
  • Ming Itakura
  • Mitsugu Kakazu
  • Matt & Lorraine Mannix
  • Rebecca Heuser
  • Ripple Web Design
  • Roberta Niccoli-Morrison – In honour of Adam Elsharkawi
  • Dr. Robin Friedlander
  • Shopbrain
  • Stephanie Porter
  • Valerie Little – In honour of the Rathy/Miller Family
  • Valerie Little – In honour of Jemana Elsharkawi & Caitlin Lamonth
  • Xiao Zhong
  • Anonymous via Canada Helps

2017 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Purely CRM Consulting Inc.
$1,000 – $5, 000
  • Anne McCaw & Michael Rekis
  • Dr. Tony Yue
  • Dr. Pat Mirenda
  • Dr. Balbinder Gill
  • International Autism Foundation CANADA
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship for Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills (Sidney) 
  • Helen and Cyril Ross
  • RBC Foundation – Sponsorship of the ACT Bursary Fund
  • Simon Fraser University – Sponsorship of ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research: Mental Health – Looking Beyond Autism
$100 – $500
  • Alaknanda Majumdar
  • Anonymous via United Way of Calgary
  • Brent Shirley
  • Carol Mirenda – In honour of Pat Mirenda and Jackie Brown
  • Chris Hill
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Dennis Tal
  • Dr. Kenneth Cole
  • Dr. Robin Friedlander
  • Ken Brown
  • Linda Anne Geary
  • Lori Woods
  • Manpreet Suhi & Preetinder Narang
  • Marna Nelson
  • Mary Ellen Ross and Blair Dwyer
  • Maura Majano
  • Neetika Bains
  • Richard Mirenda – In honour of Pat Mirenda and Jackie Brown
  • Thais Turner
  • Yi-Wen Chen
Under $100
  • Anonymous via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Barbara Rettie
  • BRAVO Inc
  • Catherine Roper
  • Deborah Gibson
  • Evans Consulting and BI Agency
  • Heather McNaughton
  • Iraj Akbari
  • Karen Herbert
  • Kimberley Eggert
  • Mary-Ann Fulks
  • Sheila Gabel
  • Tal Paula and Avital Perach Jarus-Hakak

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.

$5,000 – $10,000
  • Simon Fraser University – Sponsorship for 12th Annual Focus on Research Conference
$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
  • Dr. 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
  • PosAbilities – Sponsorship for 12th Annual Focus on Research Conference
Under $100
  • Anonymous via United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Anonymous via Vancity Community Foundation
  • Anonymous via United Way of Lower Mainland
  • 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
  • RBC Foundation
$100 – $500
  • Consensus Medial Systems Inc.
  • Christopher Meyrick
  • Charlene Gloves via United Way Fraser Valley
  • Alfred Cheng
  • Anonymous via the United Way of Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous via the United Way of Calgary
  • Anonymous 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 via United Way of Fraser Valley
  • Anonymous 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 Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play (Kelowna)
  • BC Government and Service Employees’ Union – Sponsorship for Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play (Kelowna)
  • Canucks Autism Network – Sponsorship for Ready, Set, Coach (Vancouver)
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship for event Navigating Puberty and Adolescence (Sidney)
  • Tony Yue
$500- $1,000
  • Nicole Sapriken & Friends of Autism Ride for Success
$100 – $500
  • Anonymous via Telus Charitable Giving Program
  • Anonymous via United Way Ottawa, United Way of Calgary and the United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous via Canada Helps
  • Jill Bert
  • Anonymous – In honour of Patricia Mirenda
  • Christopher Meyrick
Under $100
  • Anonymous via United Way of Calgary
  • Anonymous Online (5)
  • Ying Li
  • Tracey Dumoulin

2013 Donations and Sponsorship

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Autism Speaks Canada – Sponsorship for Focus on Research 2013 (Vancouver)
$5,000 – $10,000
  • The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation – Sponsorship for the Sibshop Training (Vancouver)
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Dwyer Tax Law – 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 via Canada Helps (3)
  • Anonymous via United Way of Ottawa
  • Anonymous via United Way of Calgary (2)
Under $100
  • Sarah Alvarez
  • Joanne Flowerdew
  • The Hydrecs Fund
  • Sharon Randhawa
  • Michael Alvin Reimer
  • Anonymous via United Way of Greater Victoria (2)
  • Anonymous via United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Anonymous via Canada Helps (2)
  • Anonymous 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