Elpida Autism Foundation Gala Supports ISAND Services and Programs

TORONTO, ON (November 7, 2016) —At its 3rd annual fundraising gala on November 4,the Elpida Autism Foundation raised more than $100,000 to support autism research and services in Toronto. This year, for the first time, Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND) was honoured to be a co-beneficiary of the event, receiving $47,500 (and still counting!) to support its services and programs.

Inspired by their son Matthew, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, Themy and Paula Koutrakos established the Elpida Autism Foundation in 2014. “Elpida” is the Greek word for hope, which is reflected in the Foundation’s goal to increase autism awareness, funding research and development, and supporting programs that help young people living on the autism spectrum live a fulfilling life.

“On behalf of my family and the Gala committee, we want to thank everyone who contributed to the Gala’s success,” said Themy. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to support vital autism research and services.”

“We are so grateful for the wonderful support of the Elpida Autism Foundation,” said ISAND Executive Director David Gray. “Each child, youth, young adult and family served by ISAND faces significant challenges. But thanks to the generosity of organizations such as the Elpida Autism Foundation, we can serve even more families living with autism and help young people reach their potential.”

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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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