CHAIR – Jo-Lynn Fenton is the mother of two boys with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She has been actively involved in the autism community since 1998, and has held numerous volunteer positions within the provincial autism community. She has sat on copious government committees, raising the awareness and advancement of services. Most notably, she was the President of Autism Society Canada. In 2011, she was awarded the Stewart McKelvey Green Jacket for her outstanding contribution to the autism community in Nova Scotia.
VICE CHAIR – Nancy Walker is the mother of 3 children, her son Ben has ASD. She has been actively involved in the autism and advocacy community since 1992, both in NL and NS, and has held numerous volunteer positions within the disability community. Along with other volunteers, she started the Autism Summer Program which is now the Ben James Autism Summer Camp, named after her son. She teaches Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and is involved in numerous university based initiatives that heighten awareness of all forms of disability. She continues to run a Summer Program for Adolescents and Adults having ASD.
SECRETARY – Nicole Ashley
DIRECTOR – Kevin Ashley – Financial Chair
DIRECTOR – Suzanne Johnson. I graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management. After graduating, I worked as an Event Planner until the birth of my first son. I am now a yoga teacher and a stay at home mom of two beautiful boys. My oldest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was three years old. He currently attends the after school program at Playing and Learning Together, so this organization and the people involved are very near and dear to my heart. I am very happy and excited to be part of such an amazing organization.
DIRECTOR – Janet Power works in IT and lives outside of Halifax with her husband, 2 daughters and dog. She believes in the power of movement and its impact on the brain and has seen firsthand how the PLT program and its person centered approach can change lives for the better. She looks forward to a future where the PLT program can be offered to all children who could benefit from it.
DIRECTOR – Ronan O’Driscoll is father to three children. His middle child was diagnosed with autism at 4 years of age. His son currently attends the PLT program in Dartmouth, which he loves! After many years as a computer programmer, Ronan now teaches the topic at NSCC. Ronan is chair of the Communications committee.
DIRECTOR – Tom Fahey
DIRECTOR – Valerie Way has been self employed for many years in the auto and sale industries and is also a licensed yoga teacher trained in accessibility and special needs. She took a degree in Psychology many years ago and continues her education pt currently at MSVU. She has been an avid autism and disability advocate since her oldest son was diagnosed at age 3 in 2012. She’s been an active fundraiser in the community as well as a strong voice for inclusion and educational rights in the school system and recreational programming. She has aligned with PLT because she believes in the core values of the program as well as the strategies used to integrate autistics into the community. Her son currently attends PLT and really enjoys it.
DIRECTOR – Ann Hiltz-Simmons is the mother of three children, two of whom are on the Spectrum. She graduated from SMU, the V.G. School of Nursing and Dal.
DIRECTOR – Bobbi Lynn Riddle
DIRECTOR – Kathy Black
DIRECTOR – Daniel Tonge