Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Vancouver 2017
|Campaign Walk Goal: $73,000.00||Campaign Fundraising Goal: $69,000.00|
|When: Sunday, October 1, 2017||Registration Begins: 08:30 am|
|Where: Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub||Official Walk Start: 11:00 am|
|Address: 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond B.C. (Directions)|
|Walk Distance: 1 & 2 kms|
|For parking, shuttle and transit Info: Please click here.|
Local and National Honorary Walk Ambassador: Addison
Addison is a 13 year old young man who is thoughtful, happy and joyous. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 ½ years old. After his diagnosis, Addison began intensive therapy for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week that was comprised of speech, occupational and behaviour therapy. The changes in Addison were amazing. He had always been a happy, easy-going child, but through therapy, his ability to communicate blossomed, highlighted by his reaction when his younger brother was diagnosed with autism. Addison gave him a hug and said in a joyful voice, "You have autism just like me." Addison has maintained B Honours in school and has found a fantastic group of friends who accept him just the way he is. He is currently in Grade 7 and enjoys competitive swimming, reading and of course, video games. He has faced different challenges over the years, but continues to amaze those around him by the determined way he faces these challenges. Addison dreams of being a pilot and traveling the world, and plans to begin his journey in Japan, so he can get Pokémon cards.
Addison is proud to have been involved with the Autism Speaks Canada Walk for the last few years and has even had the opportunity to speak at the Vancouver Walk on behalf of Toys”R”Us. As he emerges as a fantastic advocate for himself and his peers, he looks forward to his role as the 2017 National Walk Ambassador and using this opportunity to share his story and compassion with others.
The Walk includes fun activities, performers and snacks, before and after the Walk. Arrive early to give yourself lots of time to visit and enjoy the event with your family and friends!
Upon arrival at your Walk, please proceed to Registration to submit your cash and cheque donations with your pledge form(s). Ensure that your pledge form is clearly labeled with your name and team name (if part of a team) to ensure that you and your team receive recognition for all donations collected.
Be sure to visit the Resource Fair area to learn more about the services and programs that are available in your community. Resource Fairs are a part of our signature Walks. Please contact your Regional Walk Manager for more information or to inquire about a Resource Fair at your Walk.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada event will commence with the opening ceremonies where all participants are invited to gather near the stage for presentations, stories, and fundraising updates. The Walk begins with an official countdown from the stage.
Art empowers by offering a window into the way autistic individuals perceive our world and gives audiences the chance to understand, transcend, and work together.
The 2017 Vancouver Walk has launched an ARTism Exhibit to provide the many artists on the autism spectrum the opportunity to have their work showcased and enjoyed by our many walk patrons. Our goal is to have many creative voices heard through their art, both on our entertainment stage and thru this exhibit. Artists on the autism spectrum continue to enrich our lives and experiences, and we are proud to present platforms from which they can be recognized for their achievements and gifts.
We are presently collecting names and images from artists that we hope to incorporate into our Oct 1 ARTism event and to highlight through-out the year. We now invite artists to submit their projects for viewing. Artists of all ages are welcome. If you, a member of your family, someone you know, or someone you represent or work with is an artist on the autism spectrum, we would love to hear from you.
For further information or to complete an application please contact the BC Walk Manager.
Vancouver Resource Fair:
Click here for a Resource Fair application form.
National Lunch & Snack Sponsors:
Free Parking will be made available at:
BCIT Aerospace & Technology Campus
3800 Cessna Dr,
Richmond, BC V7B 0A1
(Event Shuttle will pick up starting at 8:30 AM)
Sunlife Financial Building
3600 Lysander Ln #120,
Richmond, BC V7B 1C3
(both are on either side of the walk venue)
Skytrain & Free Shuttle
Free Shuttle from the Templeton Road Skytrain (You must take Canada Line YVR to access the Templeton Road Station):
Shuttle will run from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Oct 1.
Canada Line from Waterfront to YVR – trains begin at 4:48 am Sunday morning. Trains run every 7-20 minutes.Expo Line from King George to Waterfront – trains begin at 7:08 am Sunday morning. Trains run every 7-10 minutes.Millennium Line from Lougheed to Waterfront – trains begin at 7:13 am. Trains run every 7-10 minutes.
Please confirm all bus and Skytrain schedules on their website as things can change.