Important Announcement Re. Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter Staff Change
This notice is to inform you of a staff change taking place at Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter. Our Adult Support Coordinator, Vanessa Coens, has recently accepted the position of Community Events Coordinator (CEC) for the Hamilton and Niagara Regions. In this new role, Vanessa will still be working within the Autism Ontario organization but in a new capacity as a member of the Potential Programme team. Vanessa will be in charge of planning all of the Social Learning Opportunities (SLOs) for her designated regions and she encourages families to contact her at her new email address firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest ideas for future SLO events.
In addition to this new role, Vanessa will continue to hold the position of Adult Support Coordinator at the Niagara Region Chapter. She will be taking a break from the adult support role during the summer as she gets settled in to her new CEC position, but will return to doing adult support work in September for one day a week.
It is important to note that this staffing change will not impact the adult services provided by the Niagara Region Chapter. Adult programming will still continue according to its regular schedule and while 1:1 meeting hours with adult families will be slightly reduced, this support will still be made available for all families who need it (during the summer months, families can contact our provincial office for adult support). We appreciate your patience during this time of transition as the Adult Support Coordinator role is re-adjusted and promise to continue striving to provide quality adult programs and services for our Niagara Region Community.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vanessa for all she has contributed to the Niagara Region Chapter and the adult families she has served. In the 2 years she has been a part of our team she has created new and exciting programming tailored to the interests of the participants, supported families one on one, been a valuable resource for information and has connected with community groups to foster relationships and build partnerships that benefit the families our Chapter serves. We look forward to seeing Vanessa continue her great work when she returns in September and to see her serve even more families across Ontario with her work as the new Community Events Coordinator.
Posted June 8, 2017
Autism Registry Information Session Video
On February 13, 2017 an information session was held by Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter and other local organizations to help educate the public about the Niagara Regional Police Autism Registry.
The session was recorded so that the information could be shared with anyone who was unable to attend in person.
Click here to watch the Autism Registry Information Session video.
Posted May 5, 2017
*NEW* Hugga Honey
Join us on Saturday March 25 from 12-2pm at 2F Tremont Dr, St. Catharines for the official product launch of Nutrabee's new product HUGGA HONEY!
is a new product being offered by NutraBee™ with the net proceeds from every bottle sold going to support Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter to help fund programs and services for children with autism.
All of the gourmet honey products made by NutraBee™ are made from 100% pure unprocessed Canadian Honey. Hugga Honey is made from NutraBee’s wildflower Honey that is rich in nutrients and contains anti-microbal properties.
NutraBee™ was founded in 2000 by Fatima Basic (known by many as “Mrs. Bee”)
and with the assistance of her husband, Saban Basic, they have grown this truly local, family business into one of the top gourmet honey suppliers in the Niagara Region, Canada and overseas.
The decision to dedicate the proceeds from Hugga Honey to support Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter was inspired by Medin Basic, Fatima and Saban’s 11 year old grandson. Medin was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and since then he and his family have accessed many of the programs and services offered by the Niagara Region Chapter. The product name, Hugga Honey, was also inspired by Medin. Many individuals with autism exhibit self-stimulatory behaviors, or “stims”. Stimming is the repetition of movements or sounds that can often be very self-soothing for an individual. Ever since Medin was little, his verbal stim has been saying the phrase “Hugga Hugga” so from this, the name Hugga Honey was born.
Hugga Honey is $15 a jar and can be purchased at NutraBee’s™ Head Office (2F Tremont Drive, Unit 1, St. Catharines, ON, L2T 3B2)
Special thanks to all those involved in this fundraising initiative:
- Minuteman Press
- Future Access
- Block 94
Posted February 17, 2017
TIKKO TRAVELS: Dorian’s Story
This 8” x 8” soft-cover children’s storybook is a source of comfort and reassurance for parents coming to terms with an autism diagnosis; who may be seeking ways to broach the subject of ASD with their child. Celebrated for their wonderful uniqueness, humour, imagination, and special gifts, children learn there is life beyond the label, and that anything is possible!
TIKKO TRAVELS Dorian’s Story
launches APRIL 1, 2017! If you purchase this book using special promo CODE #AO-NIAG4TIKKO then $3 will go towards Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter to help support programs & services for families.
Learn more at www.tikko.ca
Posted February 17, 2017
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