New Advisory Councils Replace Local Regional Boards

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL) had two government-funded external reviews: operations by Deloitte in 2018; and governance by GDP Consulting in 2019. The goal was to identify how to become a more sustainable, effective community organization upon which families, professionals, and those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can depend.

ASNL is committed to improving its reach across the province and connecting more efficiently and more effectively with families on the island and in Labrador. To achieve this, our Board of Directors adopted new Governance Policies (available here) and approved the implementation of Advisory Councils (available here) to replace the previous Local Regional Boards.

ASNL is navigating its way through these changes. The consolidation of all administration (including fundraised dollars) at provincial headquarters in St. John’s is an important change. The goal is to maximize available time for staff in our Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook offices to focus on families in their areas. It may be organizing Family Events, implementing new program opportunities and services/supports in communities, and/or presenting more opportunity for engagement in educational presentations for those groups, organizations and businesses requesting them.

Each new Advisory Council can consist of up to seven members, for the purpose of:

• Providing advice to the Board of Directors of ASNL on potential support and service delivery needs/options in the local community or area

• Providing advice to the Board on policies that may affect parents or individuals with ASD

• Supporting local public relations efforts and public awareness

• Providing advice to the Board of Directors on ways to help mitigate costs to parents for requested supports and services not covered by other funding sources

• Completing a regional scan (data gathering) for the Board when it is seeking advice to help with decision-making

Anyone with questions about the establishment of these new Councils, or about ASNL’s new governance structure, is invited to contact the Autism Society at AdvisoryCouncils@autism.nf.net