ISAND Bowl for Autism Raises More Than $50,000!

TORONTO, ON (November 3, 2016)— With the help of generous donors and 230 enthusiastic participants, the Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND) 3rd annual Bowl for Autism on October 23 raised more than $50,000.

“We are thrilled by the generosity of everyone who contributed to the event’s success,” said David Gray, ISAND Executive Director. “We are deeply grateful to the bowlers, volunteers and others who worked so hard to help us surpass our goal. The proceeds will support our Helping Hands Fund, enabling us to care for even more families living with autism.”

Many children and young adults can achieve significant developmental gains with support from the ISAND team. However, not all families have access to benefit plans or other resources to cover the cost of services. The Helping Hands Fund helps to eliminate this financial barrier and enables ISAND to provide services regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

While the event took place on October 23, participants could raise pledges until October 31 for a chance to win a fundraising incentive prize donated by WestJet through its WestJetters Caring for Our Community program. Shane Nixon, who raised an impressive $10,150 in pledges, was the lucky winner of a return trip for two to anywhere WestJet flies.

ISAND Bowl for Autism was supported by Starbucks. Kingpin sponsors were Fidelity Investments, Shane Nixon/HollisWealth, The Sharpe-Way Group/Scotia Wealth Management, Silvercore Properties and TD. Additional sponsorship support was provided by Argyle Public Relationships, CBRE, Cresa, Mico Systems, Oxford Learning –Lawrence Plaza, Pennylegion Chung LLP, and Practice Perfect. Refreshments were provided by Booyah Ice Cream, Pizza Pizza and Starbucks. Microsoft Canada and Starbucks contributed prizes.

Donations to ISAND can be made at

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About the author

Bob Butella

Credentials: B . Commerce University of Guelph Affiliations – (e.g. member of College of Social workers) Other Pertinent training outside of your credential: Career Highlights: Founding Board member of Guelph Giants (Special Ice Hockey International) Founding Member of Facilitation Wellington Dufferin Co-Chair of the Developmental Services Human Resources Strategy Treasurer of Great Lakes Society Vice Chair of the Developmental Services (DSO) Network Co-Chair OASIS Pay equity Committee Years of Experience (in general) Over 30 years working in Developmental services Length of Time with ISAND: 3 months Position at ISAND: Executive Director Any areas of Specialization: Professional Accomplishments ( at least one): Taught in the DSW and DSW Apprenticeship Programs at Fanshawe, Conestoga and Sheridan Colleges What brought you to ISAND: The mission, the expertise of the clinicians, What do you really like about ISAND: The energy and enthusiasm of the ISAND team. Hearing stories from individuals and their families about how ISAND has helped them A little bit about who you are outside of ISAND – hobbies and interests Enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing.

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