It was recently our pleasure to speak with Jodi Simkin, Executive Director of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Canucks Autism Network’s mission is to provide year round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and vocational programs for individuals and families living with autism, and to build awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia. Jodi took on her job in 2008.
But what a track record! In just 2 years, CAN has grown from a relatively small, locally-focused charity, primarily backed with Canucks resources, to a major force in the autism community in western Canada. Since 2008, Jodi has overseen the planning and implementation of a variety of grassroots-driven programs and services that now span the entire province. Exciting examples include Understanding Minds, a high school social network program, and Soup from the Soul, a pre-vocational/vocational training program for young adults. Congratulations Jodi and everyone involved in the Canucks Autism Network. We hope to find ways to collaborate with you. For more information, visit: www.canucksautism.ca