Michael J. Lewis
1950 – 2016
Michael will be forever remembered as one of the greatest autism advocates in Canada. He was also a wonderful family and business man.
His journey in autism began when his son was diagnosed 19 years ago. He immediately became involved in the Autism Society of British Columbia (ASBC). Michael served as a Director for ASBC from 2000-2015 and President of their Board for 10 years. Michael, his wife Jean, and a number of other families were active in organizing and directing several legal initiatives in British Columbia including Auton, Anderson and Hewko.
Michael served on Autism Society Canada’s Board of Directors for several years and had held the position of President. Most recently he was very involved with the amalgamation of Autism Society Canada and Autism Canada Foundation. He was elected to the new Board and served as the Chair of the Provincial and Territorial Council and sat on the Finance and Audit Committee.
He was also the Past President of the British Columbia Boys Choir and a past member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the District of West Vancouver. In the fall of 2008 and again in 2011, Michael was elected in the district of West Vancouver as a Councillor. He also served on other non-profit organizations over the years.
Michael will be greatly missed by Autism Canada’s Board, staff and his colleagues on the Provincial and Territorial Council.
** A private family service will be held on Monday August 15, 2016 followed by a public celebration of life from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse (6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver).
The family has requested no flowers please. For those wishing to give some form of remembrance we suggest considering a contribution to the most firmly held belief, and committed cause, of Michael’s life: “Medicare for Autism Now”. Donations can be made, or information found, at medicareforautismnow.org.