Pacific Autism Family Network

October 2017 Newsletter

Updates from the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub

Paper Planes Cafe NOW OPEN
at our GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub


– Meet the newest member of the team,
our Cafe Manager, Amanda!

We are so excited that our Paper Planes Café is now fully operational! Our expert barista, and café manager, Amanda, is helping to keep us nice and caffeinated throughout the week. Now serving hot and cold drinks, oatmeal, fruit smoothies, salads, sandwiches, pastries, and more.

The Café will also be an important component of PAFN’s social enterprise initiative, Go Group, which will provide on the job, goal-oriented training to individuals on the spectrum, or with related disorders. Employment is essential in providing the means to independence, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and enables us to socialize, build contacts and find support. PAFN is proud to help pave the way to employment for those who need a little more support.

Open Monday – Friday 
2nd Floor, GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond

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Join us at the LAUNCH Holiday Luncheon, Dec 1

Join 1000 Community/Business Leaders & Families to support all those affected by Autism & related disorders in B.C.!

The LAUNCH Holiday Luncheon is the PERFECT Holiday Lunch for your team, clients and friends. Haven’t booked your holiday party yet? Join us while 100% supporting British Columbia’s largest Autism Charity!

Proudly presented by the new and internationally acclaimed, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, the LAUNCH Holiday Luncheon will see the stunning Grand Ballroom transformed into a festive setting for guests to support Pacific Autism Family Network.

LAUNCH will honour Significant Autism Moments and the Firsts that are happening right here in British Columbia from amazing individuals, groups, corporate organizations, and families.

» Special guest speaker and Olympian, Silken Laumann
» Cuisine prepared by globally award-winning chefs
» Mission Hill wine pairings
» Gorgeous ambiance generously donated by Art of the Party
Live auction by Man About Town Fred Lee, including mega prizes like an AirSprint private jet getaway
» Many more surprises throughout!

The LAUNCH Holiday Luncheon is PAFN’s premiere event with 100% of proceeds benefiting families across British Columbia. Your support is essential to help drive complete community inclusion across the lifespan for absolutely everyone.

11:30am – 2pm
Friday 1 December 2017
 JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver

Ticket inquiries: call Nicola Openshaw at 604-697-5316, nicola@pacificautismfamily.com
Sponsorship/media inquiries: call Laura Lombardi at 604-697-5323 laura@pacificautismfamily.com

Click Here to Register!

Autism Speaks Canada Walk


– Tons of fun was had at this year’s
Autism Speaks Canada Walk

On October 1, our GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub had the opportunity to host the Autism Speaks Canada Walk for the second year in a row! The Walk event contributions support Research, Services, Collaboration and Awareness initiatives across British Columbia. Individuals and families enjoyed fun activities, food, performances and games before and after the walk.

The Campaign Walk Goal for our location was $73,000, and teams, friends, and families managed to raise $72,375! A very big thank you to all the generous donors that made this event such a huge success!

ET Music Therapy


– ET Music Therapy performing at
Autism Speaks Canada Walk

One of our first service partners in operation at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub, ET Music Therapy, did a wonderful performance at the Autism Speaks Canada Walk on Sunday. Shown in the photo are Esther Thane (Executive Director, ET Music Therapy), with program goers Dayton Mutch and Marshall Forsythe, performing ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time.’

ET Music Therapy provides music therapy programs for early Intervention, adolescents, and adults. They offer individual sessions, group sessions, rock bands, and also parent drumming circles.

ET Music Therapy is based on one simple principle: Music is one of the most motivating & effective mediums for building strong connections with individuals with special needs. The dynamic musical experience provides a safe, nurturing environment in which an individual can feel secure and confident to explore. Because music has stimulating, sensory, motivational and emotive qualities, it can be used as a tool to elicit music, verbal, emotional or corporeal responses and promote interaction and engagement in an enjoyable and often effortless way.  An individual will always integrate new information and skills when there is inner motivation and curiosity. Music can be the built-in reward.  In music therapy sessions, experiences can facilitate development in all skill domains.  All activities are tailored to the client’s ability level & are designed to utilize his or her personal strengths, motivations and interests.

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Gift Shop Feature: Teaghan Collins

– A selection of artwork available in our
Gift Shop provided by Teaghan Collins

Our gift shop at the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub is full of wonderful items showcasing artwork by individuals on the spectrum. Teaghan Collins is a photographer from Richmond, BC and he was selected to sell his products here in our gift shop to highlight the talents of many entrepreneurs. His prints have been inspiring so many others already since the gift shop opened in January 2017.

Teaghan’s subject matter ranges from people, weddings to events and more. His products are sold framed or as prints and range from $2.50 – $60; these photos and prints are the perfect addition to your décor and allow you to travel to the beaches of Tofino from your very own home!

Come in and browse the shop, there is something for everyone and you will be supporting artists like Teaghan. 

For more information or to be recognized in our gift shop, please call 604-207-1980.

Women’s Media “Non-Golf” Day Success!


– Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Laura Lombardi & Dawn McKenna
receiving a donation cheque for $40,000 from Corey Kang of RBC

– Photo by Jay Shaw Photography

The 28th annual Women’s Media “Non-Golf” Day was a fun-filled day on – and off – the green, raising over $120,000 for Pacific Autism Family Network and our families across British Columbia!

A huge thank you to the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa for hosting and to each and every one of you who helped us to continue our mission of providing needed resources, services, and programming to families all across the province.

We’d also like to thank our fabulous emcee, Global BC’s Lynn Colliar, our auctioneer extraordinaire, Fred Lee, and our very generous and supportive sponsors, including The Radcliffe Foundation, TELUS, Sympli, Odlum Brown, Marketing 604 Group, LifeLabs, Vancouver Police Department, JIBC,The Pawn Shop and Lugaro Jewellers; and that’s to name only but a few!

Check out the photos from Non-Golf Day! (All photos by Jay Shaw Photography)

Upcoming Fundraising Events

Cindy Liang in Concert, Oct 22

As a way of celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Cindy Liang is pulling out all the stops and will be performing in her very own charity fundraiser concert at the River Rock Casino in Richmond on Sunday 22 October! We’re delighted that Cindy has chosen Pacific Autism Family Network as the charity of choice to benefit from the funds raised from this event! The proceeds will be making a huge difference in the lives of our families living with Autism across BC. A huge thank you to Cindy and her team for all their hard work in creating this fundraiser – we’re really looking forward to it!
River Rock Casino Theatre
8811 River Road, Richmond

Sunday 22 October 2017

Halloween Haunted Castle, Oct 31

Halloween is almost upon us and there’s a scary jaunt in town for you to check out! 

Thanks to Sue & Jay Shaw and Sharon Jamieson, this haunted castle returns to Coquitlam once again for a fun-filled evening for all ages!

The Halloween Haunted Castle display has been raising money for over 20 years and each year it sees around 500-600 adults and children passing through. Cash donations will be accepted on the night with funds raised benefiting Pacific Autism Family Network.

So make your way down to the Haunted Castle on Halloween Night and prepare to be spooked!

3108 Starlight Way
Tuesday 31 October 2017
6pm – 9pm

Charity Concert for Autism, Nov 12

The Global Federation of Chinese Business Women, Association of British Columbia, have been working really hard organizing their own fundraiser, a Charity Concert for Autism, which will be held on November 12 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond. Their partners in Taiwan have already held a similar fundraiser for a charity supporting Autism in Taiwan and now they are doing the same thing here in Canada!

We’re truly grateful to have been chosen to benefit from these funds, which will make a huge difference for our families across BC. It’s set to be a fun-filled evening featuring entertainment from Spencer & The Dream Continues and the concert will also include a special performance by our Hub partners at ET Music Therapy!

River Rock Casino Theatre
8811 River Road, Richmond

Sunday 12 November 2017

Want to support PAFN with your own fundraiser?

Be Part of Positive Change – Donate Today!

Pacific Autism Family Network is actively continuing to raise the needed funds to ensure services for our loved ones are sustained, and that all families get the support they need through new spoke locations that will open throughout British Columbia in 2017/2018.

Consider making an online donation – every dollar counts!


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