Michelle was appointed Executive Director of Autism Canada in March 2019. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in delivering mold-breaking campaigns and strategies for local, national and international conservation, education, health and social service charities. Michelle brings a diverse background that includes experience in fundraising, program and project management, strategic planning, non-profit volunteering as well as financial administration.
For the last 10 years, Michelle has volunteered her time to the Friends of Wellers Bay as a member of the Executive Committee for this wildlife conservation organization. Michelle is multilingual, with languages including American Sign Language (ASL), English and Spanish. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys yoga and frequent travels to often remote locations in Latin America where she works with conservation groups in the protection of endangered species.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, and she is currently pursuing her MBA.
Karen has over 15 years experience developing, executing and championing large and small-scale programs and events within the charitable sector including healthcare, children’s charities, independent school and university foundations. Prior to joining Autism Canada, Karen provided her services as a consultant for a Toronto based software consulting company.
Karen is a graduate of Carleton University, Ottawa, has obtained her CFRE and is currently pursuing her MBA through North Park University, Chicago. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, spending time with her family and friends
Manager, National Fund DevelopmentKaren@autismcanada.org
Prior to working for Autism Canada, Susan practiced for five years at the Autism Intervention Clinic of Guelph where she assisted families and ASD adults in understanding the importance of nutrition. She organized the “Autism Opportunities” Conference for three consecutive years in Guelph.
Motivated by a desire to understand autism, Susan has been taking courses and attending conferences since 2004. She is particularly interested in the gut-brain connection.
Susan is a graduate of Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Family Support RepresentativeSusan@autismcanada.org
Sarah graduated from the Developmental Service Worker program from Fanshawe College and has been supporting individuals with Autism for over 10 years. She is now enjoying contributing to the administrative aspect of raising funds and awareness as a part of Autism Canada.
Office Administration Support
Program Manager, ASD SAR (SARA)firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie joined Autism Canada as the Social Media Coordinator in August 2018.
Prior to joining Autism Canada, Leslie was most recently an independent stylist for a popular accessories company which launched her love for visual storytelling and social media. With over 20 years experience in supporting executives in finance and human resources, she brings with her a background in administration, event planning, project management and volunteering. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Social Science from University of Ottawa and lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Coordinator, Social Media & Communicationsleslie@autismcanada.org
In 2010, Tafari graduated from Cambrian College (Sudbury, ON) with a diploma in Graphic Design. Upon graduating, he started working with Autism Canada to develop and implement the visual language of the organization. Since then, he has worked on numerous projects including revamping the Autism Canada website, designing annual reports and creating the website for their national fundraiser Inside Out For Autism. He continues to freelance with various not-for-profit companies while also pursuing a career in music as a singer/songwriter.
Graphic & Web Designertafari@autismcanada.org