Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation’s Board Members Grayden Hayward and Jack McGee display a $100,000 cheque from Pacific Blue Cross’ President and CEO, Jan Grude, Chair of Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation, Richard Taylor, and Simone Hung, Customer Service Representative, and her two sons.

Left to Right:  Grayden Hayward, Jan Grude, Jack McGee, Richard Taylor, Simone Hung and her two sons

VANCOUVER, BC– The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) today announced a $100,000 donation from Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation toward its new “Hub and Spoke” Modeled Centre in Richmond, BC.  The funds will be used to create the ‘Pacific Blue Cross Pre School Room’.

“We are thrilled with this commitment” say PAFCF Board Members Grayden Hayward and Jack McGee.  “Pacific Blue Cross’ mission to improve health and well-being in British Columbia has certainly been demonstrated through this gift to the Foundation. We are creating a one-stop shop for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and this is only made possible through the support of our government, community and corporate partners such as Pacific Blue Cross.  On behalf of our Board, we offer our sincerest gratitude”. 

The donation is especially meaningful for Pacific Blue Cross employee Simone Hung and her two sons living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “I’m glad this donation will bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder and create a place for families to connect and receive support from dedicated practitioners,” says Simone.

“We welcome the opportunity to support the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation in their endeavors to meet the health care needs of British Columbians” said Richard Taylor, Chair of Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation.

About Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

With Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation, we will create a hub and spoke network where children and families facing the challenges of autism can access information, treatment, research and support. GoodLife Fitness recently committed $5 million and is the naming donor of the hub. The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub and Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation will serve Autism and related disorders, including developmental disabilities, and learning challenges. It will also provide lifespan support; Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys. With 69,000 people on Autism spectrum living in BC, and 80 children diagnosed every month in the province, this is a much-needed initiative for BC families. The project will focus on serving families across BC with a navigator program and collaboration with other organizations

About Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross has been British Columbia’s leading health insurance and benefits provider for 75 years. Our comprehensive understanding of health care needs fuels our commitment to service. Together with our subsidiary, British Columbia Life & Casualty Company, we provide health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage for approximately 1.5 million British Columbians through employee group plans and through individual plans for those without group coverage. Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life & Casualty continue to meet customers’ needs for innovation in plan design, administration and technology.

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