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Help Julie raise money

For participating in 2021 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K

Why AutismBC moves me...


When Jamie was first diagnosed 11 years ago, it was so overwhelming. This was the first time we had experienced anything like this, only 3 months earlier, I hadn't even known what "Autism" was. Suddenly, Jamie's infatuation with numbers, letters and fans, all made sense. Since then, we have seen Jamie with behavioural therapists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapy and more recently social skills groups. Throughout the years, I also attended many AutismBC workshops, to help me ... as a parent learn the system, meet other families, and most importantly, advocate for Jamie.

I started working at AutismBC September 2019 and the following January attended my first workshop as an employee. It was a Waiting for Assessment workshop, a free workshop giving parents a 'head start' on how to prepare, what to do if and when your child is diagnosed. It was truly amazing the amount of information, resources and advice parents received, and all I could think was how much this would have helped our family when we first heard the words "I think you should take Jamie for an autism assessment" from our doctor. We were basically on our own trying to navigate the system as we waited. Fortunately the wait times were not as bad as they are now. Today, the current wait times are over 78 weeks on average across BC for a public assessment! I cannot even imagine what these families are going through.

My fundraising goal is $350, the cost of one 'Waiting for Assessment' workshop, and I am asking for donations of $25 towards reaching this goal. Starting with my own donation of $25, please join me to help other families - like ours - in the beginning of their autism journey.


Please support me as I participate in the Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5K Charity Challenge to raise funds for AutismBC — an organization that really matters to me. In British Columbia, 1 in 40 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and there are approximately 60,000 children, youth, and adults on the spectrum. AutismBC is a grassroots organization founded in 1975 to empower, support, and connect the autism community in BC. Since their humble beginnings, they have grown to become one of the most trusted non-profit organizations for autism in BCYour donation to my page will go towards helping AutismBC provide barrier-free social connections for BC kids, youth and families, workshops that promote supportive, inclusive communities, and information and resource lines that provide current timely information for people across the province. Thank you for supporting me and helping build a more inclusive society where people on the autism spectrum can live their best lives!

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Jul 03 Jennifer Wong Good luck on the run! $25.00
Jul 03 Michelle Danis Way to go Jules! Undisclosed amount
Jul 02 Donna Fuller Julie - happy to support you, and Autism BC $100.00
Jul 02 Jim Engleson Undisclosed amount
Jun 20 Anonymous Go Julie! Wishing you the very best in your efforts to support Jamie as he becomes a teenager. Gasp! Undisclosed amount
Jun 04 Coastal People’s Fine Arts Gallery We are thrilled to support this important cause $100.00
Jun 04 Shannon Gorski What an awesome thing to do. Good luck! $25.00
Jun 04 Rinata Yaffe Undisclosed amount
Jun 02 Julie Engleson $25.00