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TD Bank Group donates $50,000 to Canucks Autism Network

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:27 PDT, Wed May 17, 2023

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is thrilled to announce a total of $50,000 in sponsorship funding from TD Bank Group (TD) to support the delivery of five CAN Family Experiences. The designated Family Experiences will be offered across the Lower Mainland, in the Interior, and in the Fraser Valley, and expect to welcome a cumulative 4,200 CAN members.

CAN Family Experiences aim to bring families with children on the autism spectrum together to connect over shared experiences while enjoying an accessible community activity in a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment. In addition to the financial support, TD has committed upwards of 20 staff volunteers who will welcome, support, and engage with CAN families at each Family Experience.

TD District Vice Presidents, Steven Tsangaris (Burnaby Tri-Cities) and Tony Mauro (Richmond, South Vancouver, South Delta), presented the $50,000 cheque to CAN chief executive officer, Britt Andersen, during the Eagle Quest Mini Golf Family Experience on Saturday, May 6 in Coquitlam.

"At Canucks Autism Network, we believe that every individual on the spectrum and their family has the right to meaningful social connections," said Britt Andersen, CAN chief executive officer. "Building more inclusive, accepting, and supportive communities is at the core of what we do, which is why we are grateful to TD Bank Group for their commitment to community inclusion. TD's generous funding will help us build a community of support where families with children on the spectrum can connect and feel a sense of belonging."

"We're so proud to present this donation to the Canucks Autism Network to help expand the incredible Family Experiences program," said District Vice President, Tony Mauro, TD Bank Group. "At TD, we believe in supporting programs and initiatives focused on increasing access for people to take part and feel a sense of belonging in their community."

About Canucks Autism Network

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) was founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks co-owners, Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son has autism. CAN is dedicated to providing programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.

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