Autism Society NL Response to Autism Action Plan

Good Day.

The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador has released its long-awaited Autism Action Plan. There are 46 actions in the Plan; we hope they are implemented during the next 3 years. Each action is too important to families to be delayed. Autism Society NL hopes they remain a priority through this upcoming provincial election and, more importantly, after the election. Families waited many years for a time when their loved ones can access individualized, needs-based services and supports that improve quality of life.

It appears department silos may end and there will be a comprehensive, integrated approach to autism service delivery across departments, with ease of navigation for individuals and families being a core feature. We have advocated for this for many years.

ASNL is particularly excited about several of the 46 actions.

Elimination of IQ70: Action 2.9 – Eligibility for Community Support Services will be based on functional need for support rather than intellectual disability.

Access to Quality Professional Development: Action 6.3 – ASD-specific professional development opportunities will be provided for primary health care clinicians.

Wait Times for Assessment/Diagnosis: Action 1.7 – Reduction in wait times for an ASD diagnosis by aligning diagnostic procedures with national standards.

Service Provision Uninterrupted by Transition through Life Stages:Action 2.4 – Seamless service provision for children and youth living with ASD up to age 21, through development of a new Provincial Autism Services Program.

Residential and other Supported Living Options in Community: Action 5.6 – Increased residential and other supported living options for individuals with significant complex needs.

Minister Haggie has noted on many occasions that ASNL provides supports that government does not, and cannot, replicate. They include services, supports, programs and the lived experience connections we have with individuals and families across the province. ASNL supports the Autism Action Plan and actions this government has committed to delivering.

However, while the release of this Action Plan is a huge initiative for families and communities, the $2.5M allotted is not connected in any way to the funding shortfall at ASNL. Presently, ASNL fill a number of important service gaps that cannot be abandoned until the actions in this plan become a reality. We still face incredible financial challenges that can only result in staff layoffs/reassignments. These will impact delivery of services, supports and programs. Those who have now had an opportunity to read the Action Plan can see that some of the actions will remain the responsibility of community agencies, such as ourselves. But we will not be able to deliver on these without changes to our current financial reality.

We still hope that, included in the hundreds of millions of dollars in spending announced in Budget 2019, there is a $300,000 increase in annual core funding for Autism Society NL, effective immediately, in this current fiscal.

You can view the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Press Release here

You can view an online version of the Autism Action Plan here

To read the Autism Society NL 2018 Position Statement Booklet click here

Scott Crocker, CEO

Annual Overnight Camp 2019

ASNL is happy to announce that our Annual Overnight Camp will be happening in, Eastern, South Central and Western Regions!

  • Registration opens 9am April 15th and closes at 4pm on April 29th.
  • Registration is accepted on a “first come, first serve bases”. Priority will be given to families living in each specific region with acceptance of families from outside the region dependant on availability.
  • Membership Fee for April 2019-April 2020 (due April 1, 2019) must be up to date to successfully register.  You can update your membership now by clicking HERE
  • Transportation to and from overnight camp is the responsibility of each family.
  • Age – Group Families of all ages are welcome to join.
  • As this is a family camp, we encourage siblings to join. However, please remember that parents/caregivers are responsible for the safety and well-being of all participants that attend with them.
  • Cost per camp varies for each region.

ASNL Western Region 

  • Location- Camp Killdevil, Lomond, Gros Morne National Park
  • To Register please click HERE

ASNL South-Central Region 

  • Dates – July 26th-28th
  • Location – Lion Max Simms Camp, Bay D’Espoir Hwy, Bishop’s Falls
  • To Register please click HERE

ASNL Eastern Region 

  • Dates – July 19th-July 21st
  • Location- Lion Max Simms Camp, Bay D’Espoir Hwy, Bishop’s Falls
  • To Register please click HERE

ASNL Operations are Unsustainable

Program, Service and Staff Cuts Coming at Autism Society NL

Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador (ASNL), cannot sustain present operations with current revenue streams. Government itself is in a difficult financial situation and seems unable to increase the annual core fund, which provides 50% of ASNL’s budget. Government has helped reduce past deficits, streamlined some ASNL operations and just recently provided rent-free space for ASNL’s South-Central Regional Office in Grand Falls-Windsor. ASNL’s fundraised revenue provides the other 50% of budgeted funds. However, that fundraised revenue has dropped 50% annually ($300,000) since 2016. That annual $300,000 deficit, driven by the province’s economic downturn, is crippling ASNL since 2016.

ASNL provides critical supports – social programs for children, youth and adults; navigation help for families; community engagement; advocacy; and job readiness/employment programs – for those on the spectrum and their families. NL has the highest incidence rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada, at 1:57. ASNL delivers specific services that government and others do not provide for the ASD community. Program participants have more than tripled since 2013. Community engagement reached almost 20,000 people in 2018, including more than 1200 First Responders since 2016.

ASNL does not want to abandon any of those we serve, in any region of NL. We make a real difference in the lives of those affected by ASD. But if the lost fundraised revenues cannot be replaced quickly, there is no option but to cut programs and services. Staff layoffs will mean the loss of vital supports for the ASD community.

Numerous and varied fundraising activities and events still occur. They net approximately $325,000 that helps cover some of the cost of delivering programs and services. But that amount is 50% less than it was; it is not enough. The core fund from government has not increased since 2012 and fundraised revenue has declined significantly since 2016. Costs for operations and staff have increased.

Autism Society NL needs $300,000 in additional funding annually, but it does not have one major corporate sponsor. Owning your own property and facilities, and employing trained, experienced staff to deliver programs and services to nearly 400 participants each semester is proving costly. Unfortunately, reductions will negatively impact participants, families, classrooms, community recreation facilities, employers, and the community at large.

ASNL makes a real difference in the lives of people affected by autism. Without a community partnership with one or more corporate sponsors, and additional investment each year, access to programs, supports and services in our ASD community will continue to become more and more limited for children, youth, adults, their families and caregivers.

Scott Crocker

Chief Executive Officer

Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador

Be Cool for Autism

Online Donations:

Donate to Avalon

Donate to Eastern

Donate to South Central

Donate to Western


We want to spread the word that it’s cool to be accepting of everyone, and you can help us! We’re excited to unveil our new event in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Be Cool for Autism is a province-wide campaign aimed to help raise autism awareness and autism acceptance while raising funds for ASNL.

Be Cool for Autism encourages students, teachers, and workplaces to wear their sunglasses on April 2, 2019. We’re asking individuals to wear their sunglasses, make a donation and share their best selfie or group photo with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #BeCoolForAutism and tagging us @AutismSocietyNL.

Read the Press Release here!

How can you take part in Be Cool for Autism?

This part is really simple.

  1. Wear sunglasses at school, work, or in the community on Tuesday, April 2nd
  2. Make a donation to Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador
  3. Don’t forget to post a picture of yourself and/or your group with your sunglasses on social media using #BeCoolForAutism and tag us @AutismSocietyNL

What do I need?

Just some sunglasses and a positive attitude. After all, it’s cool to be accepting of everyone!

What if I don’t have sunglasses?

This is also totally cool as we have created a graphic that can be downloaded here. Many groups are choosing this route so everyone’s glasses are the same. You can even colour them or design them however you want!

Where can I donate my money?

Fundraised money can be donated online or by mailing a cheque to any of the four Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador offices.

Donate to Avalon Online
Donate to Eastern Online
Donate to South Central Online
Donate to Western Online 

Mailing addresses:

Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador
Avalon Region Office
70 Clinch Crescent
St. Johns, NL A5A 1K2

Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador
Eastern Region Office
105 Manitoba Drive
Clarenville, NL A5A 1K2

Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador
South Central Region Office
P.O. Box 133
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2J4

Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador
Western Region Office
79 Broadway
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 4E1

Downloadable Materials

I’m participating- Facebook Shareable Picture (JPEG)
I’m participating- Instagram Shareable Picture (JPEG)
I’m participating- Twitter Shareable Picture (JPEG)
I’m participating- Linkedin Shareable Picture (JPEG)

Be Cool for Autism Printable Sunglasses Craft
Be Cool for Autism Colouring Sheet

Be Cool For Autism Poster for your School or Workplace

Pledge Sheets

Be Cool For Autism Pledge Sheet – Avalon
Be Cool For Autism Pledge Sheet – Eastern
Be Cool For Autism Pledge Sheet – South Central
Be Cool for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western Region

Questions about autism?– We’ve got you covered!

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. People with autism may see, hear and feel the world differently than other people. Individuals do not outgrow their diagnosis, however, many therapies and interventions have a proven ability to improve outcomes.

Autism is a spectrum condition that presents differently among individuals, but involves similar behaviours and characteristics that are expressed to varying degrees. These are typically related to communication, social interaction, executive function, and sensory processing.

How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (2018), the prevalence of autism is 1 in 66 for children and youth in Canada. In Newfoundland & Labrador specifically the rate is 1 in 57; the highest reported in the country.

What does Autism Spectrum Disorder look like?

Autism can be tricky for people to ‘see’ as it does not have a physical presentation.

How should I speak to someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

You should treat someone with autism the same way you would treat anyone; with kindness and acceptance. For some people the processing time in a conversation may be longer which means you may need to be a little patient and provide the person with extra time to process what you have said/asked and respond. It’s best to follow the person’s lead when it comes to their communication preferences.

Understand that some crowded or overstimulating environments may be difficult for people with autism. Acknowledging the stress a person can experience in certain contexts can go a long way in creating a more inclusive community.



EmploymentWorks Canada

EWC Recruitment Poster

EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) is a federally funded, evidence-informed 12-week program that offers employment preparedness training, as well as substantial experiential community-based job sampling and work experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Focusing on the development and application of skills required in the workplace, the 60 hour program consists of 24 sessions, delivered twice per week over 12 weeks, for 2.5 hours session. The first weekly module comprises structured, yet tailored content aimed at employment and social skill building, while the second module focuses on review of the learned concepts from the previous session, follow-up on homework, and the application of learning through experiential activities in a real work environment.

Criteria for selection:

–       ASD Diagnosis

–       Age 15 and over

–       No longer attending high school

–       Not EI eligible

–       Available twice a week for 2.5 hour learning sessions over the 12 week period

–       Comfortable learning in group and community environments


St. Johns: April – June, 2019

Western Region – May – July, 2019

Central Region – September –December, 2019


If you are interested in learning more about this program please contact Sarah White at or 709-722-2803 ex 225.


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, The Sinneave Family Foundation, and Autism Society, NL

Upcoming Events 2019

Autism Awareness Day / Be Cool for Autism

Tuesday, April 2 and throughout the month of April

For more information, please click here.


NL Jackpot Bingo

Sundays at 4:30pm on NTV from February 17 – May 19, 2019

Get your bingo cards at

  • Whale’s Back Convenience (1735 Portugal Cove Road)
  • Country Convenience (337 Bennetts Road)
  • PJ’s Convenience (1503 Thorburn Road)
  • Sharpe’s Cash & Carry (899 Thorburn Road)
  • Elaine’s Convenience (1712 Portugal Cove Road) and
  • Breakwater Pharmacy (1604 Portugal Cove Road)

as they will be donating a portion of their sales to ASNL!


Family Event – Swimming at the Mews Pool

With funding from RecNL’s Find Your Fit! Campaign, we are very excited to offer two free exclusive swims at the Mews Pool. Swimming offers many physical benefits while having fun! Pre-registration required due to limited space. *Please note a caregiver/parent is required to stay during the event.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6pm – 6:50pm

Please CLICK HERE to register!

Thursday, April 18 from 6pm – 6:50pm

Please CLICK HERE to register!


Sandbox Gaming Geek Trivia Night

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm

For more information, please visit Sandbox Gaming Geek Trivia Night Event Page


Family Event – Family Skate at Paradise Double Ice Complex

Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12:30pm – 2pm

Enjoy an easter-themed sensory friendly skate in a fun and encouraging environment. Never skated before? No worries! We will have skates, helmets, and skating aides available for rent free of charge courtesy of the R.E.A.L. program (limited availability), as well as some experienced skaters on the ice to lend a hand. There will be some fun activities to do off the ice as well! *Please note that Social Story is available for families and a caregiver/parent is required to stay during the event. Families are also encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have access as there will only be limited equipment available to borrow.


Family Event – Family Fun in the Gym at Rotary Paradise Youth Community Centre

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1pm – 2pm

Swing on by the Rotary Paradise Youth Community Centre for some family fun in the gym! With funding from RecNL’s Find Your Fit! Campaign, we will be offering an open space to play, join in on a sporting activity and have fun on the bouncy castle. *Please note a caregiver/parent is required to stay during the event.


Family Event – Inclusive Squash Open House at CBS Pool

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Interested in trying a new sport? The inclusive squash program in Conception Bay South is partnering with ASNL to offer an open session! No experience or equipment necessary.


Musicians for Autism – Royal Canadian Legion in Corner Brook

Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 2pm – 12am

Come out and enjoy some local talent: Sunday Night Boys, Tragically Hip Cover Band, Colin Mahoney, Big Train, Rev Dave & the Sin Eaters, Alley Cats, Big Talk Sam and more! Show your support for families and individuals living with autism spectrum disorder. There will be a Live Auction with Auctioneer Lenny Benoit and Screech-in featuring Uncle Cletus. For more information please email Amy at or call 709.637.7450.


Jake’s Show N Shine

Saturday, August 24, 2019

For more information, please visit Jake’s Show N Shine Facebook Page.


Harvest of Hope

Saturday, October 5, 2019

For more information, please click here.


Active for Autism

Sunday, October 20, 2019

For more information, please click here.

New Online Store

We’re so excited to announce that we have an online store!

Shop for some ASNL swag from the comfort of your home. CLICK HERE


New Position Statement Booklet

You can read the full document by clicking here

Today, Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador (ASNL), released the third volume of its Position Statement Booklet, titled Issues That Matter. It details the organization’s advocacy priorities for improving the lives of those affected by autism, and their families.

In October 2018, ASNL surveyed families, adults with autism, and professionals about the issues that matter most to them. This booklet is a summary of the feedback that was received.

The booklet is divided into four sections. Each section provides ASNL’s position on priority issues and gives recommendations for service improvement.

  • Lifelong: Removal of IQ70; Continuity of Care; Access to Mental Health Services
  • Preschool: Timely Assessment and Diagnosis; 18-Month Screening; Timely Referral and Early Identification; Access to Therapeutic Services & Interventions; Improvements to the Early Intervention Program
  • School-Age: Transitioning into School, Between Grades and/or Schools, and Out of School; Public School Supports; Professional Development for Educators and Support Staff
  • Adult: Employment Equity; Post-Secondary Education Supports; Residential Options

Gift of Giving

If you’ve been wondering what to give that special someone who seems to have everything, please consider making a donation to Autism Society NL this holiday season. Give the gift of giving and allow us to continue to be there for families in the upcoming new year.



Support autism understanding and acceptance in your community through a variety of campaigns.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook



Fund an autism awareness outreach presentation to an interested group.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook



Make a difference to a family who is beginning their autism journey. Help us provide information and support to someone with a recent diagnosis.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook



Provide supplies to one of our many programs for one month. A donation of $1500 keeps programs supplied for an entire year.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook



Help us with a utility bill for one month.

Donate to ASNL Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism – St. John’s

Donate to ASNL Eastern Regional Office – Clarenville

Donate to ASNL South & Central Regional Office – Grand Falls-Windsor

Donate to ASNL Western Regional Office – Corner Brook


Giving Tuesday

Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador is taking part in the global #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. We are kindly asking the community to consider helping us on this special day.



We offer a variety of programs and services for individuals with autism and are in need of supplies! Help us reach our goal of securing our wish list items for participants in our Social Group, Transitions and Adult Leisure programs. Check out our “Wish Lists” below – we encourage you to donate these specific items or make a donation to help us get them.

*If donating items, please drop-off at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, 70 Clinch Crescent, St. John’s, NL anytime between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday. If you make a monetary donation of $30 or more in person, we’ll gift you back with a book and hat – two great stocking stuffers!


  • Paint
  • Foam Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Water Beads
  • Foam Sheets
  • Construction Paper
  • Legos
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • General Art Supplies
  • Laminating Rolls
  • Switch Games & Accessories
  • Nintendo DS Games
  • Markers & Crayons
  • iTunes Gift Cards for Apps on our Program iPads


  • Pots, soil and lettuce seeds for upcoming Seedling Workshops


  • Science experiment materials (such as making your own volcano, blobs in a bottle, paperclip float, etc.)


Social Group provides an opportunity for youth and adults with ASD to socialize with peers, try new activities, and share common interests with others in the community. Participants are grouped depending on age, ability, and interests to promote friendships, shared experience and peer support. All activities are supported by a staff member and volunteers. Ages Kindergarten entry and up.

Transitions aims to identify the strengths and interests of individual participants to better prepare them for employment and meaningful community involvement beyond high school. This program provides a full year of classroom learning, enriching community volunteerism and job shadowing to build the confidence and skill sets of young adults on the spectrum. This program is heavily involved with the operations of the Shamrock Garden Centre and includes gardening and greenhouse work and is funded through the Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of NL. Ages 18+.

Adult Leisure provides a safe and supportive environment for adults on the spectrum to discover new interests and socialize with peers. The program focuses on developing meaningful leisure skills that can then be incorporated into the participants daily life. Ages 18+ and suitable for those who are nonverbal or have merging language and experience significant barriers to community participation and peer group integration. 


GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encouage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, #GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.


Concert Fundraiser


Join us for an evening of music celebrating Art Rock’s infatuation with Classic Music. Performances will be in both genres.

Set list includes Stevie Wonder, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

Friday, November 2, 2018

*Please note location change: Suncor Energy Hall at Memorial University’s School of Music

Doors Open 7pm and Show Starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30 and includes a $20 tax receipt.


Active for Autism

Active for Autism occurs every year in October during Autism Awareness Month. It is one of our most popular events and encourages families and friends to get together, get active, and raise funds and awareness for the ASNL! Active for Autism occurs in close to a dozen places all across the province every year! For more information on how to volunteer, sponsor, or take part in an Active for Autism event in your area, please contact your local ASNL office.

ASNL provides individuals of all ages a place to socialize, learn, and feel safe. Contributions from the community are used for the many programs and services we offer at our centres in St. John’s, Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook. Our Parent Support Groups in many areas of the province also benefit from the generous support we receive from the community.

Registration is $25.

Upcoming Active for Autism Walks:

Western Region Walk For Autism 

Corner Brook

  • Saturday, October 27th. Registration at 10am and walk from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Wellington Soccer Pitch.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE


  • Sunday, October 28th. Registration at 10am and walk from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Bay St. George YMCA.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE


  • Saturday, November 3rd. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 2pm at the Burgeo Firehall.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Western!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Share your own personalized fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, your website, or by email!

For more information about the Active for Autism event please contact ASNL Headquarters at 709-722-2803 or by email:


PAST WALKS – You can still donate until October 31, 2018. Click here!

Avalon Region Walk For Autism 

St. John’s

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 9am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Elaine Dobbin Centre, 70 Clinch Crescent
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Avalon!
  • Registration is open now and can be done online or in person at The Elaine Dobbin Centre daily Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Thursday October 11th at 9am-7pm.
  • Registration closes Friday, October 12th at promptly 12pm to be eligible for top earner prizes. Any donations not submitted by then will not go towards your individual/team totals announced Sunday at the event.
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Harbour Grace


  • Sunday, October 14th. Starts at 3:30pm at Clara and Douglas’s House

Eastern Region Walk For Autism 


  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 1:30pm at All Saints Bonavista, 13 Templeman’s Road
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Bonavista!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE


  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 9:30am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Shoal Harbour Causeway Loop
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Clarenville!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE


  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration 1pm and walk begins at 2pm at the Marystown Track & Field Complex

South Central Region Walk For Autism 


  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 10am and walk begins at 10:30am at Fraser United Church Hall, 1 Brouchen Street
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – South Central!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Sunday, October 14th. Registration at 1pm and walk begins at 1:30pm at ASNL South Central Office, 7 High Street
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – South Central!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Baie Verte

  • Saturday, October 13th. Registration at 10am and walk begins at 10:30am at the Baie Verte Town Square.
  • Get a jump-start on your fundraising efforts with an Active for Autism Pledge Sheet – Baie Verte!
  • You can register yourself or create a team online by clicking HERE

Annual General Meeting 2018 Details

Saturday, November 3rd  
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


St. John’s Gushue Hall

Prince Philip Drive 

*Please note: you can park in Area 15. To view the parking map, please click here


Grand Falls-Windsor ASNL’s South Central Office

7 High Street  


Clarenville – ASNL’s Eastern Regional Office

105 Manitoba Drive

*Please note:  location can be found around the back of the building to the left of the parking lot.


Corner Brook – Grenfell Campus, AS 375

20 University Drive


ASNL is seeking to fill two (2) vacancies on its Board of Directors:

  • 2 Certified Financial Officers came forward to seek ONE Treasurer seat; an election to choose the Treasurer for a 3-year term will occur at the AGM.
  • 2 candidates came forward to seek ONE At Large seat; an election to choose the At Large Director for a 3-year term will occur at the AGM.

Please note:

  • Members of ASNL and the public may attend the AGM in your region.
  • To vote at AGM, you must have a current ASNL membership and dues had to have been paid and up-to-date for Fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019) not later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct 12, 2018.
  • Staff at each location will have a membership list showing the names of members who are eligible to vote

For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant, Cathy Drake, at (709)722-2803, Ext. 221, or visit ASNL’s website at


The two candidates for election as the one Treasurer are Paolo Mascasin and Kristine Strickland.

Paolo Mascarin (B. Comm, CPA, CGA)

Three years ago, my eldest son was diagnosed with ASD.  Having access to the resources and knowledgeable people of the ASNL has made this journey so much easier.

I graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and in 2011 became a CPA, CGA.  I held two roles when working with the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.  As Compliance Officer I was responsible for auditing corporations across NL, and as Senior Financial Analyst I dealt with short and long-term budgeting reports and analysis, government reporting, and approval of daily financial transactions.

In 2013, I began working as Financial Officer with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.  This role required the preparing and drafting of monthly financial statements and presenting these and any budget variances to the Finance & Property Committee.  It also required presenting year-end audited financial statements and reports to the executive and delegates.

I moved back to St. John’s in 2015 and have absorbed the full-time responsibilities of raising two young boys.  I remain active as Treasurer for the Commerce Class of 2004 and have organizational roles in several recreational sports teams.

I understand the value of ASNL and I hope you will allow me the opportunity to participate and contribute to this great community.


Kristine M Strickland

Education and Work Experience

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours (HBCom) degree from Laurentian University. I am a licensed public accountant in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, currently operating my own public practice firm. I have several years experience in public practice including working with various not-for-profit organizations primarily as external auditor.

Charitable/Not-for-Profit Board Experience

Current:           Board of Directors – Treasurer – Empower, the Disability Resource Centre

Previous:          Board of Directors – Secretary – Financial Management Institute (NL Chapter)

I have also served on various fundraising and grant writing committees in Alberta for specialized private schools for children with autism.

Reason for Interest in Serving ASNL

Our late son Joshua was diagnosed with autism at 26 months old in 2001 and for ten years we navigated the support systems available in Alberta until his passing in 2011. During that time, we were strong advocates for services for him and other families, both within and outside the education system.

I would be honored with an opportunity to contribute to ASNL on a professional level, as needed, and share my personal experiences as someone who has needed the services that ASNL provides.


Two candidates seeking election as an At Large Director are Dave Collins & Shannon O’Dea.

Dave Collins

  • Attended MUN 1969-1972 BA Ed
  • Worked Central Dairies/ Farmers Dairy 1972-2013
  • Various Roles
  • Vice President and General Manager 1983-2013
  • VP Corporate Operations 2008-2013
  • Interim CEO 2003
  • Chair, NL Dairy Processors Association, 1996-2013
  • Vice Chair, School Milk Foundation, 1992-2013
  • President, Atlantic Dairy Council, 2011-2013
  • Chair, Goulds Arena Committee, 1992-2009.
  • Treasurer / President/ Past President, Brigus Historical and Conservation Society, 2014-2018
  • President and Owner, Five Brothers Artisan Cheese Inc., 2014-present
  • President, Collins Management Services Ltd., 2013 – present

Shannon O’Dea

  1. Education and Training
  • MUN: Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • California Southern University: Psychology Doctorate (PsyD): Clinical Psychology (in progress)
  • Professional development certificates/workshops on mental health related topics, including related to ASD.
  1. Work Experience
  • Behaviour Management Specialist (BMS): Eastern Health, 2008-present
  • Psychologist (provisional): H. Khalili, PhD and Associates Inc., January 2016- June 2018
  1. Experience with ASNL and/or other non-profit and/or charitable boards

I have experience working with ASNL through my work as a BMS. Many of my clients have been participants in programming.

I am currently on a committee examining mental health services in NL. This committee developed from the ‘Towards Recovery Action Plan’ from the provincial government.

  1. Reason for interest in serving ASNL

I believe I can bring a unique lens to the Board of Directors. I have experience working with individuals with ASD (including families/support systems) from children to adults. I also have a personal connection as my nephew has a diagnosis of ASD.

I focused my doctoral dissertation on examining service needs of psychologists to best serve individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health needs.  I am one of the few counsellors in St. John’s who serve this population. Being on the board will be another way for me to be involved in the work I have been passionate about for many years.

12 Returning Members of the Board of Directors – Serving 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year of 3-year terms

  1. Edward Byrne
  2. Angela Decker
  3. Karen Flynn
  4. Trudy Goold
  5. Colin Hodder
  6. Anthony Jackman
  7. Mark LaCosta
  8. Kimberly Maich
  9. Patrick Martin
  10. Shawna Matthews
  11. Neala Quigley
  12. Carolyn Rideout