“We believe the Canucks Autism Network will play a key role in improving the quality of life for families living with autism in British Columbia,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO of Canucks Sports & Entertainment and Vice-President of the Canucks for Kids Fund. “With autism affecting a large portion of British Columbia’s youth population, we felt it was extremely important to provide programs for families and children with autism. The Vancouver Canucks and Canucks for Kids Fund are extremely proud to be able to provide resources and platforms to increase social interaction and support of those affected by autism.”
The Canucks Autism Network has been developed to provide high-quality recreational, sports, social and vocational development programs to individuals and families living with autism in British Columbia. CAN will fulfill its mission by providing year-round sports programs, social- and relationship-building opportunities and vocational training for individuals with autism.
CAN values experiences designed for entire families, enabling them to spend quality time together. CAN also seeks to implement high-quality programs that are safe, supportive, supervised, inclusive and embracing. Furthermore, CAN strives to eliminate financial barriers and help more families and individuals living with autism obtain the resources needed to improve everyday living.About Autism
Today, one in 150 children will be diagnosed with autism. It is a lifelong neurobiological disability sometimes referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a mysterious communication and behavioural disorder that can hinder communication abilities and interpersonal relationships. Some individuals living with autism may be able to live relatively ‘everyday’ lives while others will never be independent and will require a lifetime of support. For more information, please log on to www.canucksautism.ca