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. 

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.

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

Interested in knowing more about the tax advantages related to donations? Blair Dwyer of Dwyer Tax Law, a donor and presenter for ACT has written a paper called ‘The Giver: Ebenezer Scrooge in a Taxable Canadian Context’.

Acknowledging ACT’s Community Partners

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Monthly Donors

  • Anne and Garth Stoll – In honour of Christian
  • Brent Shirley
  • Chris Hill – In memory of David Finkelstein
  • Chelsea Werrun
  • Deborah Pugh 
  • Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn – In memory of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
  • Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting – In honour of those impacted by autism on Vancouver Island 
  • Shannon Muir
Donations in Memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Barbara Bradley
  • CIBC Miracle Day Initiative – With thanks to Justin Hui & Faye Hui
  • Cindy Tam
  • Jo DiTommaso
  • Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn
  • Joyce Johner
  • Kwok-Hung J Tam
  • Laura Blount
  • Ray & Barbara Kester
  • Sandra Stefanovic

2022 Donors

$10,000
  • CIBC Miracle Day Initiative – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
    With thanks to Justin Hui & Faye Hui
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Dr. Tony Yue
  • Ray & Barbara Kester – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
$100 – $500
  • Dave and Marilyn Smith
  • I-Chih Chen
  • Josef Barnes
  • Marco Cardoso
  • Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation – on behalf of Simone Hung
  • William and Deborah Gibson – In honour of Graeme
  • Yana Svergun
  • Ziyu Xie
Under $100
  • Ashley Gillespie
  • Atia Anam
  • Claire Arnold
  • Etleva Bazi
  • Eva Echell
  • Grazia Demontis
  • Heather Maureen Gray
  • James Webster
  • Kavita Kamat
  • Marilyn Crestohl – In memory of Sam Levy
  • Michael Powell
  • MLA Hannart
  • Nicola Lewis
  • Vasileios Migkos
  • Yee Pei Aw Yeong

2021 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $50,000
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of 4th Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
$5,000 – $10,000
  • Catherine Broderick
  • Dr. Tony Yue
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Jo DiTommaso – In Memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Dr. Kelly Price
  • RBC Foundation
  • Steveston Harbour Authority – Sponsorship of 4th Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • Tse-Min Chen
$500 – $1,000
  • Constructive Pathways Behaviour Consulting Ltd.
  • Canada China Language and Tourism Culture Bridge Association
  • Nina Pichler
  • Marna Nelson
$100 – $500
  • Alexandra Delange
  • Arlaina Waisman
  • Axis Family Resources Ltd.
  • Brian Mauch
  • Blair McGuffin
  • Brian Cheng Law Corporation – In honour of Vanessa & Brian
  • Canada China Language and Tourism Culture Bridge Association
  • Carol Mirenda – In honour of Patricia Mirenda
  • Christina Tsang
  • Cindy Tam – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Dave and Marilyn Smith
  • Deborah Gibson
  • Doremi Happy Mommy Society
  • Immanuel Starchild
  • Jennifer Skelton
  • Joyce Johner – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Keith Reed
  • Kwok-Hung J Tam – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Linking Autism and Families (LAAF)
  • Marco Cardoso
  • Margie Hibbard
  • Michelle Lantaigne
  • Ming Itakura
  • Mitsugu Kakazu
  • Patricia Zimmerman
  • Dr. Paola Colozzo
  • Ray & Barbara Kester – In memory of Dr. Karen Kester
  • Simone Hung
  • Stephanie Young
  • Tiffany King-Campbell
  • Valerie Yiu
Under $100
  • Alaknanda Majumdar
  • Anonymous – In Memory of Karen Kester
  • Baljit Sidhu
  • Barbara Rettie
  • Chantelle Cephas
  • Claire Arnold
  • Dana West
  • Debbie Kallen
  • Dilys Hanna
  • Elizabeth Too
  • Fay Ferris
  • Gina Dillon
  • Javier Lacroix
  • Jennifer Munch
  • Jessica Sullivan
  • Jodi Yager
  • Laila Karwa Medical Services Inc.
  • Lara Barmi
  • Michael Powell
  • Nan Zheng
  • Natalia Subrt
  • Paul Monk
  • Peter Glennie
  • Rachel Keeler
  • Randall Haime
  • Sandra Stefanovic – In Memory of Karen Kester
  • Sandra Walker
  • Samuel Yik
  • Stacy Wallwork
  • Tyler Kelly
  • Vladimir Klapman
  • Wendy Waters
  • Yee Pei Aw Yeong

2020 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $50,000
  • Mary Ellen Ross & Blair Dwyer
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of 3rd Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • The Estate of William Walter Glenly Olds
$5,000 – $10,000
  • Denise Ching
  • Leader Fishing Ltd – Sponsorship of 3rd Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • Dr. Tony Yue
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Anne and Garth Stoll – In honour of Christian
  • Brent Shirley
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Calpurnia Band (Finn Wolfhard, Malcolm Craig, Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Jack Anderson)- Proceeds of Calpurnia Merchandise Sale for Charity 
  • Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting – In honour of those impacted by autism on Vancouver Island 
  • Steveston Harbour Authority – Sponsorship of 3rd Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • Tse-Min Chen
$500 – $1,000
  • Dr. B Gill Inc.
  • Hunter Family Foundation Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation
  • Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn – In memory of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
  • Marna Nelson
$100 – $500
  • Anna Donnelly
  • Anonymous Donation In Honour of Rae Schan
  • Ashley Ramsden-Wood
  • Constructive Pathways Behaviour Consulting
  • Carol Mirenda in Honour of Pat Mirenda and Jackie Brown
  • Chelsea Werrun
  • Chris Hill – In memory of David Finkelstein
  • Dave and Marilyn Smith
  • Deborah Gibson
  • Eve Poudrier
  • Helga Marshall
  • Hilary Winston
  • Isabelle Pitkanen
  • I-Chih Chen
  • Joan Kirkby
  • Ken Johns
  • Linking Autism and Families (LAAF)
  • Lisa Woudzia
  • Lori Woods
  • Louise Broadley
  • Lynn Savoie
  • Michelle Lantaigne
  • Nina Pichler
  • Pharid Jaffer
  • Peggy Liu
  • Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting – In memory of Valerie Elsharkawi
  • Shannon Muir
  • Yee Pei Aw Yeong
Under $100
  • Allison Nelson
  • Aman Grewal
  • Barbara Rettie
  • Chris Macintosh
  • Hisashi Shimamura
  • Jane Vale
  • Janet Kouwenhoven
  • Janice Malic
  • Kevin Tam
  • Kimberley Eggert
  • Laila Karwa Medical Services Inc.
  • Laura Pettry
  • Marco Cardoso
  • Marilyn & Robert Crestohl in memory of Harvey Crestohl
  • Mark Su
  • Matt & Lorraine Mannix
  • Michael Powell
  • Michelle Baril
  • Pat Harding
  • Samuel Yik
  • Su Langdon
  • Victoria O’Connor
  • Wendy Pellant
  • Wendy Walters

2019 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $50,000
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at UBC – Sponsorship of Autism Videos @ ACT
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of 2nd Annual Herring for Autism Fundraiser
$5,000 – $10,000
  • Mary Ellen Ross & Blair Dwyer
  • Simon Fraser University – Sponsorship of “Supporting Indigenous Families Affected by Autism through Engagement & Research”
  • Dr. Tony Yue
$1,000 – $5,000
  • Anne and Garth Stoll – in honour of Christian
  • Denise Ching
  • Dwyer Tax Law – Sponsorship of “Supporting Indigenous Families Affected by Autism through Engagement & Research”
  • International Autism Foundation CANADA
  • Dr. Pat Mirenda
  • Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting
  • Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
$500 – $1,000
  • Betty-Ann & Harley Garreck
  • Glenn Sorensen
  • Purely CRM Consulting
  • Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa – Donor for “Vancouver Island Get-Away” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Vancouver Fairmont Hotel – Donor for “Summer in the City” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
$100 – $500
  • Alison Narod
  • Andrew Lam
  • Bard on the Beach – Donor for “Summer in the City” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • BC Lions Football – Donor for “Sports & Scuba” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Bethany Becker
  • Birinder Narang
  • CAMS Software
  • Carol Mirenda – In honor of Jackie Brown and Dr. Pat Mirenda
  • Chelsea Werrun
  • Chris Hill – In memory of David Finkelstein
  • Constructive Pathways Behaviour Consulting Ltd.
  • Dave and Marilyn Smith
  • Deborah Gibson
  • Deborah Pugh
  • Dominic Tam
  • Ella Lee
  • Eva Major
  • Margie Hibbard
  • Marna Nelson
  • Michelle Baril
  • Ripple Web Design
  • Rona Drewell
  • Samuel Yik
  • Salon 14 – Donor for “Summer in the City” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Shannon Muir
  • Teresa Blackstone
  • Trail Appliances – Donor for “BC Craft Beer Lovers” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Vancouver Canadians Baseball – Donor for “Sports & Scuba” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Victoria Symphony Orchestra – Donor for “Vancouver Island Get-Away” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • Water Street Cafe – Donor for “Summer in the City” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
Under $100
  • Bev Kalegaric
  • Butchart Gardens – Donor for “Vancouver Island Get-Away” Bundle, “Songs on the Water” Fundraiser
  • David Faibish
  • Daylight Films
  • Doug Swanson
  • Joan Vale
  • Kuenjo Han
  • Laura Pettry
  • Mary-Ann Fulks
  • Michael Pellent
  • Rebbeca Ramleb Cacho

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
  • 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)
  • Oceanside Fisheries Inc. – Sponsorship of Herring for Autism Fundraiser
  • 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
  • Betty Ann & Harley Garreck
  • John G. Wong
  • Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn – In memory of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
  • Herbert and Susan Stoll
  • Preetinder Narang & Manpreet Suhi
  • Mike Allen
  • Rona Drewell – In honour of Adam
$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
  • Katrina Price
  • 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
Under $100
  • Anonymous – In honour of Mary Ellen Ross
  • 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
  • Michael Craig
  • 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

2017 Donors and Sponsors

$10,000 – $25, 000
  • Purely CRM Consulting Inc.
$1,000 – $5, 000
  • Anne McCaw & Michael Rekis
  • 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
  • Dr. Pat Mirenda
  • 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
  • Dr. Tony Yue
$100 – $500
  • Alaknanda Majumdar
  • Anne and Garth Stoll – in honour of Christian
  • 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. Joseph Lucyshyn – In memory of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
  • 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
  • Katrina Price
  • Kimberley Eggert
  • Mary-Ann Fulks
  • Shannon Muir
  • Sheila Gabel
  • Tal Paula and Avital Perach Jarus-Hakak

2016 Donors and Sponsors

Thank SeymourTripleGLogoyou to everyone who has sponsored or donated to the Seymour Triple G fundraiser.

$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 Donors and Sponsors

$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 Donors and Sponsors

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 Donors and Sponsors

$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