Dear family and friends,
A new report by the Public Health Agency of Canada reports an estimated one in every 66 Canadian children and youth aged five to 17 has autism spectrum disorder. This translates into thousands of families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Nova Scotia today.
Persons with ASD often have serious neurodevelopmental disorder that can impair their ability to communicate and interact with others. It can also include restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning.
I’m sure many of you are aware that we have a person who lives with ASD in our very own family…our son Trevor was finally diagnosed with Autism when he was 18 years old…although, I suspected that Trevor was on the spectrum for many years prior to his actual diagnosis….
As people get to know our Trevor; they often describe him to me as a “gentle giant” …Trevor Poirier is 6’ 4” tall who is so kind, gentle, funny, sweet, shy (until you get to know him – then watch out!), naïve young man that has so much to offer the people in his world...Trevor can have a conversation with anyone about so many different subjects that interest him…he has an amazing ability to remember and retain things that others would forget moments after they happen…his heart would be broken if he ever though he caused pain to another person and he would give anyone the shirt of his back, if they just asked for it!
Trevor has taught me so much about kindness, patience, enjoying the small things and unconditional love….and he loves to go to the new Autism Pictou County Resource Centre that past donations to the Walk have enabled us to open right here is our County!
Since Trevor’s Autism diagnosis in 2014, we’ve been supported by Autism Pictou County (our local chapter of Autism NS). This great non-profit, volunteer organization has provided us with amazing opportunities for social interaction, educational opportunities, swimming lessons, art lessons, Music Therapy, golf lessons, financial support, as well as great friendships and much needed emotional support.
All the support that Autism Pictou County has provided for our families would not be possible without our fundraising activities. For the past few years, our group has been participating in “Walk the Walk for Autism”. This year, our Walk the Walk for Autism event will take place a GR Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton, Nova Scotia on June 16, 2018 at 10:00am.
I would like to invite all my friends and family to come and join the fun with your own family! There will be a silent Auction with many wonderful items to bid on, a carnival for the whole family to enjoy & we will be walking for 1 kilometer through the streets of Stellarton to help create more awareness for Autism.
I’d like to say a big thank you to my family and friends who donated to help us in previous years! Your financial support for this organization has helped us to provide programming and support in our new Resource Centre.
I would also ask my other family and friends to consider making their own donation to “Trevor’s Troops” team, so we can continue to benefit from the support that is provided by Autism Pictou County. You will be provided with a tax receipt for any donation over $20 & all your donations will stay in Pictou County to support our local families!
Please use the link below this message to join our team or to support us by sponsoring us in this year's walk…. Please join Trevor’s Troops team, even if you can’t attend the walk on June 16, 2018 or donate…. your support in anyway is very much appreciated!
Hope to see you all on June 16th!
Coordinator ContactColin Wood
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