Warren completed a Degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary, and an Executive MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. He has worked in the fields of healthcare, nonprofit and government organizations for the past 25 years. He is dedicated to improving systems and programs to meet the needs of clients and families. He is the father of two amazing young men, Connor and Aidan, both on the Autism Spectrum. He is devoted to seeing them reach their full potential. Warren has attended over 20 conferences around North America over the past 15 years focused on all aspects of autism from research, to treatments to life and social challenges. His main role in life is to be a great role model for all his boys. He says, “I am fortunate to be a father.”
Connor is a 20-year-old unique young man who happens to be on the Autism Spectrum. Connor has completed his high school credits from Archbishop Jordan High School in Sherwood Park, AB. Connor is currently working for both Pro Hockey Life and The Strathcona County Library. Connor is also a student of Concordia University and is excited to try a variety of courses and challenges to see where his life and career will go. Connor loves hockey, he is exceptional at numbers and has a photographic memory. Connor is committed to being a good human being and making a difference in the world.
Aidan is Connor’s twin brother; he’s a delightful, 20-year old who also happens to be on the Autism Spectrum. Aidan has attended Archbishop Jordan High School in Sherwood Park, AB. Aidan is currently spreading his wings and living in a group home with another young man. Aidan is a non-verbal experiencing his fair share of challenges due to the systems not understanding his needs. He is a trauma survivor and remains a good and kind human being even after all that he has experienced in his short life. Aidan is currently recovering and finding his niche. He enjoys his group home staff and considers them family.
Ling immigrated to Canada from China in the late 80’s . He and his wife, Lian live in Edmonton with their two sons, Henry and Brian. As the CEO of Technology North Corporation, Ling is setting the direction and leading the corporation to its new venture with solutions and services offering innovative Inclusion. Many in the Autism community refer to his business as a “Game Changer”.
Brian is 22 years old, he was diagnosed with Autism in 2004 At Technology North Corporation, Brian is the leader of the A-Team, digitizing documents, monitoring servers, and testing software. He loves immersing himself in all things technology.. He explains, “ No wonder I was eager to introduce creative industries, and therefore, I am slowly and steadily learning Adobe’s Creative Suite, along with graphic design in general. Also, I have some experience in Canva, along with editing videos”.
David is a 27-year old Autistic man whose journey inspires everyone who has come to know him –including teachers, coaches, journalists and high ranking provincial politicians. David’s list of awards and accomplishments include High School Awards of Excellence, running his own yard maintenance business, employee of the year and earning his 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Since receiving his college diploma in Information Technology, David has been working full-time in the IT department at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton. He drives a car and enjoys traveling. He loves watching hockey, football, Broadway shows and listening to 80’s music. He goes to rock concerts at every opportunity – wearing ear plugs, of course! When asked if he plans to get married one day, he responded, “maybe . . . but right now, I don’t need the distraction”.
Scott and his wife Lynn are the proud parents of a remarkable young Autistic man and their equally remarkable daughter – she taught herself sign language! Scott served on the Provincial Parents Advisory Committee to provide feedback to the Government of Alberta as it was drafting the Family Supports for Children With Disabilities legislation. He worked at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital – meeting parents in the waiting room he once visited with his son. Today, he works as a Family Liaison at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton helping parents of autistic children – because, as he puts it, “there’s a lot of parenting that comes after a diagnosis”.