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1. What is acceptance for you?To recognize (accept) a perceived or real limitation such that it no longer prevents you from moving forward in bringing positive change.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?New Year’s Day. It’s a great day to do nothing after the hectic December holidays!
3. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?As Autism Edmonton members, my family has participated in many of its great programs and events. As such, it is a pleasure to participate more fully with this wonderful organization as a board member and to offer my professional and personal experiences in building a stronger community.
4. What is your favourite book, author or movie?The Princess Bride
Member At Large
1. What is acceptance for you?Acceptance means reasoning or understanding, which could be a base for the next set of goals or objectives.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?My favourite holiday is any period when I can enjoy spending time away from home and work (sort of) with my wife and sons.
3. Who’s in your village?My village is my family, friends, our company, our employees, contractors, vendors, customers and their family members, as well as the people and community being serviced or impacted by ourselves and our business.
4. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?What I have done has had a limited impact so far, and I would like to see much bigger impact to our village and beyond. Autism Edmonton is the stage to make this happen.
5. What is your favourite book, author, or movie?My favourite book is built to Last. My favourite author is Catherine Maurice as she narrates her family’s growth and evolution with autism in her book, Let Me Hear Your Voice. My favourite movie is Forrest Gump.
Member At Large
1. What is acceptance for you?Acceptance is understanding that everyone is different. Different personalities, interests, beliefs, likes and dislikes. We are entitled, and should be encouraged, to be the version of ourselves that makes us feel comfortable and confident, inside and out.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?Halloween!
3. Who’s in your village?I generally keep my circle small but I have a few good 30+ year friendships that I cherish. My sister is my BFF and my boss has become my biggest mentor and champion.
4. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?I worked for many years for an autism program in Winnipeg and when I moved to Edmonton, I changed to a job in a different field of health. I miss the advocacy and feeling like I'm making a direct impact in someone's life.
5. What is your favourite book, author, or movie?Book, author and movie (actually TV show) are the same; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Member at Large
1. What is acceptance for you?Acceptance to me means total submission to my oneness and uniqueness; therefore everyone else's uniqueness as well. Thereby, creating empathy, sincerity, understanding of every situation & position I find myself in.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?Eid al-Adha. I'm an immigrant from Nigeria. This day brings everyone together, irrespective of Religion and culture. It unites everyone and it celebrates the hope, willingness, courage and total submission that Abraham showed
3. Who's in your village?My village is made up of my family and some awesome 2 - 20+ yrs friendships. The saying "It takes a whole village to raise a kid", I am the kid.
4. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?Like many, I was oblivious to what Autism was growing up; even though it was all around me. Since my move to Canada, I have had more reasons to learn more about Autism. Autism Edmonton has great programs and events and in my community, it is not often talked about even though we have family members that would benefit from these programs. I want to learn more for myself and help to bridge that gap so more can gain access to these programs and resources.
5. What is your favourite book, author or movie?Big bang theory
Member at Large
1. What is acceptance for you?Acceptance means a person can be themselves without others or systems trying to change or alter them. I think to get to acceptance we have to look at social constructs and systems in place that create barriers, recognize them, and make conscious effort to change these systems.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?Halloween, because I can dress up and trick-or-treat with my nieces and nephew!
3. Who's in your village?My village is small but mighty, but consists of my partner, family & friends, and a few select people from my working life.
4. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?I believe in inclusive communities which includes food security, play and social engagement, housing, health, and many other intersections. Autism Edmonton works to provide this for our community members, and I am grateful to be part of it.
5. What is your favourite book, author or movie?As a bibliophile, it is difficult to give just one favourite, so I'm going with three. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath was a hugely important when I graduated, the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen blends fantastical elements with themes relevant to today and my most recent completed favourite novel is The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune which offers a beautiful story of found family that challenges the way society defines "normal".
Member at Large
1. What is acceptance for you?For me, acceptance means treating all people with empathy and respect, and championing everyone's rights and freedoms to uplift us all.
2. What’s your favourite holiday and why?Halloween. I love spooky season!
3. Who's in your village?My village is made up of family and dear friends who are honest, smart, authentic, and unconditionally loving and supportive.
4. Why did you join Autism Edmonton?Autism Edmonton is such a special organization with wonderful people and a powerful mission, one that I look forward to advancing in partnership with the rest of the board, the leadership team, all of the members and the community.
5. What is your favourite book, author or movie?Too many to list!! I do love books by Greg Iles. An excellent novel I read very recently is Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby.
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