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Canfor Donates $50,000 in Product to the PAFCF

By |2017-10-24T00:56:15+00:00October 2nd, 2015|News|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2015

BC’S LARGEST FOREST PRODUCT COMPANY RESPONDS TO NEED

Canfor donates $50,000 in product to the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

Vancouver, BC  The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) received a fantastic gift – $50,000 worth of Canfor lumber – that will allow the Foundation to provide more funding to programs and services when their Centre opens in Richmond, BC next summer. 

Canfor’s $50,000 product donation will be used to help the Foundation build a Centre of Excellence in BC, which will benefit those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. With the Centre as the hub and eight spokes located throughout the province, the Foundation’s services will reach communities throughout BC including many in which Canfor operations are located. This one-of-a-kind knowledge centre will provide full life cycle care, therapy and support.

”The ability for us to offset some construction costs for the centre means that our funds can go directly to support families in BC ” says PAFCF co-founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia.  “Canfor responded to our call, and really stepped up to help us out.  Any cost savings will go directly back into our Foundation, which is great news for the Autism community.  We are extremely grateful for the support and dedication to community Canfor has demonstrated”.

The planning of the Centre has been a seven year collaborative process involving families, individuals with ASD, clinicians, community professionals, researchers and representatives from government.  

“Canfor has operations in communities throughout BC and we place a lot of value on charitable opportunities that will have a long-term and significant benefit to these communities,” says Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne. “We are proud that this donation will help bring more much-needed programs and services to families impacted by ASD throughout BC.”

About Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation, 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. ASD affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys. With 69,000 people on the 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 through its navigator program and by collaboration with other organizations.

About Canfor

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”) with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and specialized wood products. Canfor also owns a 51.0% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest producers of market northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper and also produces bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp. Canfor shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CFP.

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Contact Information:

Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

Rita Thodos

604-697-5324

rita@pacificautismfamily.com

Pacific Blue Cross Commits $100,000 to PAFCF

By |2017-10-24T00:56:15+00:00September 30th, 2015|News|

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.

For more information please visit: www.pac.bluecross.ca

$75,000 Donation from TD Bank Group

By |2017-10-24T00:56:15+00:00April 29th, 2015|News|

Pacific Autism Family Foundation’s Founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia displays a $75,000 presentation cheque from TD Bank Group’s Stephen Vermette.

Left to Right: David Sam, Bill Cunningham, Silken Laumann, David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans, Tyger Patchell-Evans, Chris Appleby, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Stephen Vermette, Leah Iverson

RICHMOND, BC – The Pacific Autism Family Foundation today announced that TD Bank Group made a $75,000 donation to its capital campaign for its new “Hub and Spoke” Modeled Centre that will be located in Richmond.

“I am so excited to accept this donation from TD Bank Group” says Pacific Autism Family Foundation Founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia. “This is an especially meaningful day because we have just been told that construction on the GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub is slated to begin next week, with a June 2016 completion date. After six years of planning, families on the autism spectrum and related disorders can finally see their hope become reality. This would never have been possible without our government, community and corporate partners such as GoodLife Fitness, and now TD Bank Group. Sergio and I and the entire autism community offer our heartfelt thanks”.
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Pacific Autism Family Foundation Receives $100,000 Donation from BMO Financial Group

By |2017-10-24T00:56:15+00:00April 11th, 2015|News|

Pacific Autism Family Foundation’s Board Chair and Co-Founder Sergio Cocchia displays a $100,000 presentation cheque from BMO Financial Group’s Henry Donkers, Steve Saccomano Derral Moriyama.

“BMO Financial Group strongly believes in making joint commitments with organizations to create successful community opportunities for individuals with autism. The $100,000 is a commitment toward the forward thinking Centre – the first of its kind in Canada to bring together state of the art research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders” says Henry Donkers, Regional Vice President, Vancouver Westside and Richmond Market, BMO Bank of Montreal.

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