Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Vancouver / Richmond 2017
|Campaign Walk Goal: $73,000.00||Campaign Fundraising Goal: $69,000.00|
The Vancouver Walk raised over $85,000 and counting….surpassing its campaign goal of $69,000!
Congratulations and thank to our walkers, corporate partners, volunteers and supporters for making this year’s Walk a success!
Although the Walk has taken place, the website will remain open for fundraising.
Celebrating 10 years of Walking!
Congratulations Robin D. of the Hazelwood Early Learning Centre Team for winning a **YUKON Trip 4 two!
This special prize has been generously donated by
YOUR “PASSPORT TO FUN”
Don’t forget to pick up your 2017 Passport at Registration on Walk Day. Get it stamped by ALL of our Resource Fair Exhibitors, complete ALL your contact info & drop to our draw box in the merchandise tent. The winner will be announced at the end of the walk day. The Passport to Fun Package includes: Two nights stay at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, Free Hotel shuttle to the Train so you can enjoy passes to Fly Over Canada; Capilano Suspension Bridge and Hop On Hop Off from the Vancouver Trolley Co. Total Value of Package is approximately $750!!
ATTENTION WALK PARTICIPANTS - By raising dollars for your Walk team, you can receive McDonalds Food Coupons! When you donate $25, you will receive a coupon for; one free cone, fries coffee and a sandwich! (One set per participant & available at registration on Walk day).
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.
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.
**1 travel certificate for two (2) travellers. Route: Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary or Edmonton to Whitehorse. Blackout Dates: standard dates apply (for Hotel Stay as well). All bookings based on availability at time of booking