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Canadian National Autism Foundation recognized for making a difference

The Canadian National Autism Foundation was honoured for its financial contribution to autism research at the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Donor Recognition Event last month at the Waterfront Banquet and Conference Centre. The CNAF was recognized for achieving a cumulative giving level of $10,000 or more, which qualifies for public recognition on the donor wall at the McMaster Medical Centre of Hamilton Health Sciences. “It feels really good to be recognized by somebody big like that,” said CNAF founder and president Tina Fougere.

In total, the CNAF has donated $12,000, which was used to support Offord Centre for Child Studies director Dr. Peter Szatmari and his autism research program. “We are very grateful for this most generous donation. Dr. Szatmari has made important contributions to the study of autism, how it may be caused, its early diagnosis and how we might better deal with the effects of this condition on children and their families,” said HHSF executive vice-president of philanthropy Pati Greenwood. “The support of the Canadian National Autism Foundation ensures that this important work may continue to help families across Canada and around the world.”

Formed in 2000, the CNAF is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the positive enhancement and quality of life for people with autism in Canada. It provides funding for educating the general public and professionals, information and resources to families of children with autism, Canadianbased research and development and national autism awareness.

Over the last six years, the CNAF has sponsored autism research in the amount of $97,500 at various institutions, including the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, National Research Council of Canada in Manitoba, National Service Dogs of Ontario and McMaster University.

It also sponsors and organizes visits to elementary and secondary schools, along with goodwill ambassador Walter Gretzky, with the goal of educating students and staff about autism and the importance and value of differences. In addition, CNAF provides support to parents with issues at home, school and in the community.Ms. Fougere says autism is becoming more recognized.

“It’s not so much about finding a cure because people with autism, a lot of them don’t want to be cured because then you’re taking that identity away from them it’s about finding out why autism has come to be and why now it’s becoming so predominant,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who you meet, you know somebody that has autism. Back in 1998 to 2000, it was one in 25,000; now, it’s one in 150, so that tells you how much it’s grown.”

Ms. Fougere’s concern for children with autism and their families stems from her own experiences with her son, Nathan, who has autism.

Autism NHL Night with

7th Annual Dinner & Dance

& Live Auction

~ Friday, September 26, 2008 ~

Our Guests of Honour; The NHL Greats!!

Standing L-R ~ Walter Gretzky, Harry Howell,

John Miszuk, Bill Friday, Ric Nattress

Seated L-R ~ Leo Reise, Gaye Stewart


Some of the Wonderful Auction Items!



Special Thanks to our Sponsors

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and our Media Sponsors

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A successful event that raised over $8900.00 for Autism!!!



~ Friday August 8th, 2008 ~










This year's tournament raised $6670.00 for Autism!!!

It was a resounding success yet again!


Special thanks to the organizers:

Chris Windsor

Donna Croucher

Susan Walmsley

& their many volunteers!



Autism Fashion Show

featuring children with Autism


8th Annual Silent Auction & Brunch

~ Sunday, April 13, 2008 ~



Our outstanding models


and some of the beautiful auction items....





Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors




and our Media Sponsors



View other Donators of Auction Items here


Another huge success!!We raised over $6600.00 for Autism!!

The Development of a Fast and
Objective Screening Tool for
Early Autism

Presentation on Findings

Dr. Rutherford published the groundbreaking Twin Study based on the diaries kept by Tina Fougere describing the development of her twins, one
of whom was later diagnosed with autism.

Click for PDF flyer



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