2017 Elpida Gala Raises Funds to Support ISAND Services and Programs

TORONTO, ON (November 22, 2017)—The sold out 4th annual Elpida Autism Foundation Gala on Friday, November 3 raised more than $38,500 to support services and programs at Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND). This is the second year that ISAND has been a co-beneficiary of this special evening.

The Elpida Autism Foundation was established in 2014 by Themy and Paula Koutrakos,who were inspired by their son Matthew, diagnosed with autism at age 3. Their goal is to increase autism awareness and acceptance, support research, and contribute to services and programs that help young people living on the autism spectrum to live a fulfilled life. Since its creation the Foundation has raised more than $300,000.

“We are deeply grateful to the many generous individuals and organizations that supported the gala this year,” said Themy. “We are proud to contribute to ISAND’s professional and integrated approach to care and their vital programs and services.”

“On behalf of the hundreds of families that receive services from ISAND each year,and our integrated team of professionals, I want to thank the Elpida Autism Foundation and its passionate volunteer committee for their wonderful support and their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of families living with autism,” said David Gray, ISAND Executive Director.

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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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