Who We Are
Autism Ontario’s Provincial Office is located in Toronto and is comprised of approximately 18 staff members, both full-time and part-time, who support the entire organization.
Our Management Team
Margaret Spoelstra - Executive Director
Gayle Height - Finance Director
Christa Sawyer - Community Events & Resource Manager
Jessica Bethel - Director, OAP Provider List
Province Wide Staff
Outside of our office in Toronto, Autism Ontario has Service Navigators and Community Events Coordinators who work regionally throughout the province.
The faces of the Service Navigation program, our Service Navigators are creative, solution-focused autism professionals scattered throughout the province to reach as many families as possible. Our Service Navigators are here to provide information about the Ontario Autism Program and help connect families to service providers and resources available in their local communities. This will include programs, services and resources that families can purchase with their Childhood Budgets, as well as other services and supports available locally.
Our Service Navigators also plan, coordinate, and implement events such as Social Learning Opportunities (SLOs) and workshops for children and youth with autism, their families, and professionals in the field of ASD.
Autism Ontario is an organization made up of 25 affiliated groups in communities across the province, the we call Chapters. Chapters are under the leadership of committed and skilled volunteers or Chapter staff who provide expertise and guidance to the organization and their communities.
Board of Directors
Autism Ontario is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the voting membership at our Annual General Meeting. The Board creates governance policies, hires and reviews the performance of the Executive Director, and provides overall guidance to the organization. It speaks with one voice and creates policies to oversee the entire organization and its Chapters.
The Board of Directors of Autism Ontario endeavours to be wholly representative of the autism community in our province. Our current board is made up of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents, caregivers and siblings of individuals with ASD, and professionals who support our vision and mission in their work. Our directors are a diverse group of people from across the province, both Anglophone and Francophone, who have experience in the fields of education, healthcare, law, behaviour analysis and business. They volunteer their time, working together to guide Autism Ontario in its efforts to ensure that all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the means to achieve quality of life as respected members of society.
2019-2020 Board Members
Susan Morris, President
Kim Moore, Vice-President
Ken Robertson, Treasurer
David Moloney, Secretary
Dr. Barry Bruce
Janet Culliton, Past President
Dr. Julia Frei