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Herring sale to assist autism training

Don Fennell   Jan-02-2019

Autism Community Training is holding their second annual herring sale on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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Enjoy a healthy treat while helping to support autism.

For the second consecutive year, a herring sale will benefit Autism Community Training, a local non-profit organization.

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The sale is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the heart of the Lower Mainland’s fishing industry next to Garry Point Park at 3380 Moncton St. in Steveston.

The sale of the small fish, which features high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential fats that play an important role in normal brain development and function, will kick off the Autism Community Training 2019 fundraising efforts.

Sales are in nine kilogram (20 pounds) bags priced at $20 each. Payment options are cash, credit or debit.

In 2018, more than 6,000 pounds of herring was sold.

Steveston’s fishing industry is renowned for its generous support for those with special needs in B.C. But Oceanside Fisheries owners Mike Rekis and Anne McCaw, sponsors of the Herring for Autism Sale, have a special connection to the autism community.

“Our daughter is a very able adult now, but we haven’t forgotten how important ACT is to the success of children and adults with autism. We are supporting ACT because our family believes that the next generation of B.C. children deserves to have access to ACT’s impartial information and training resources,” said McCaw, a former ACT board member.

“ACT is heartened by the support we are receiving from Oceanside. We support all of B.C. with our free online information and training resources,” said Deborah Pugh, ACT’s executive director. “Every bag of herring sold will help us continue to provide families with vital information on how to help their children.”

The mission of Autism Community Training, which is based in Vancouver, is to provide excellent information and skills, in accordance with international best practices. Its goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.


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