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Canucks support Autism Awareness Day, April 2

by Canucks Community @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Did you know that 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism? April is as Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is recognized worldwide as Autism Awareness Day.

In celebration of the month, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) will be hosting the 6th Annual CAN Family Festival on Sunday, April 9th at Jack Poole Plaza (Vancouver Convention Centre).

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public with live entertainment by Bobs & Lolo and David Morin, a local artisan market, food trucks, a skate park, face painting, and a ball hockey tournament featuring Vancouver Canucks alumni! The event will also include a fundraising walk and the lighting of the cauldron to commemorate April as Autism Awareness Month. All funds raised will support families living with autism in British Columbia and the important work being done by the Canucks Autism Network.

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) was founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks Co-owners Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son has autism. The Canucks Autism Network provides year-round sports and recreational programs for individuals and families living with autism, while increasing awareness and providing training in communities across BC.

CAN programs are delivered in safe and highly supported environments across the Lower Mainland, on the Island, and in the Interior. Through specialized support techniques, parent collaboration, and a high ratio of trained staff and dedicated volunteers, CAN is able to ensure that every participant is successful on their own terms, regardless of their level of need. To access CAN programs, families must complete an online membership application that includes an annual fee of $25 per individual with autism.

With 1 in 68 individuals now being diagnosed, and over 11,000 children and youth living with autism in BC alone, the need for support is greater than ever. To learn how you can donate, volunteer, or join as members, please visit, call (604) 685-4049 or email

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