People do not grow out of autism. Autism is a lifelong disorder; however, the manifestation of symptoms may change over time. While there is yet no known cure, autism is definitely treatable.
Autism Services Management
Autism Services is led by an Executive Director with a team of five Directors.
Director of Autism Intervention Programs (AIP)
Eileen’s passion for working within the field of autism, has guided her education choices and her career path to bring her to this particular juncture. For the last three years she has worked as a Provisional Child Psychologist in the Sunrise Health Region based in Yorkton, SK. Eileen and her family relocated from Northern British Columbia to Yorkton in 2011 to assume the position of Autism Consultant for the Sunrise Health Region. Prior to that, she and her husband had a private company serving children with autism and developmental disabilities. Working in a rural area of BC, Eileen was contracted by a number of private consulting companies in the areas of behaviour management. During her time in BC, she also worked under the supervision of a neuropsychologist in the administration of assessment testing tools for those from birth to elderly. Always involved in services and supports for children with special needs, she’s been a parent advisor, a program leader, a behaviour interventionist and consultant. Deeply committed to children and families, Eileen views her greatest contribution as being involved in improving the lives of people impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Very much a team player and a life-long learner, she is very excited about becoming a part of the team of dedicated professionals working to support children and families impacted by ASD in the Saskatoon Health Region.
Director of Finance
Shirley is a CMA and has been employed at Autism Services since 2007. She served on its Board of Directors from 2004-2007. Other experience includes serving as Treasurer on the Board of Canadian Mental Health since 2008. She was also employed at the YWCA of Saskatoon for 18 Years and was part of the Saskatoon Community Service Village – Strategic Planning team. Shirley has a son who is on the autism spectrum.
Director of Adult Support Programs
Glenda began working in the Human Services Field in 1990. After working for six years on the front line in Residential Services, she started training and working in management. She began working for Autism Services in 2000 and became Director of Residential Programs in 2011.
Lynn brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the non-profit sector—primarily in the leadership role—due to her lengthy tenure in a variety of Director roles for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Saskatchewan and Manitoba divisions. She holds a degree in Social Work and is a certified Executive Coach. She is known for her strength, compassion and respect for all. She is very excited to continue her career with Autism Services and feels passionate about AS’s mission and vision.
Director of ABA Little Tots Program *Currently on Leave*
Sunbul is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® with a background in education and psychology. She has extensive experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in a variety of settings across Canada. Sunbul has been working with Autism Services since 2010 and continues to teach in the University of New Brunswick’s Autism Intervention Training Program. She is committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals with Autism so that they can reach their full potential.
Director of Family Programs
Alex stays motivated by seeing the continuous progress of his clients and knowing he has helped shape children’s lives. On the side, he is an avid National Team Lawn Bowler who has travelled around the world and who plays many sports recreationally.
Autism Services Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is representative of the membership of Autism Services and therefore is always willing to hear back from the membership. Suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome. Please feel free to contact any member of the Board. You can reach any member of the board by mail, at the office address, or you can call the office and staff will pass along your phone number to a member of the board.
Rylund joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2017.
Geoff Jones – Treasurer
Geoff joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2015. Geoff is a manager with Virtus Group Chartered Professional Accountants with 5 years of public practice experience. He is a member of the firm’s Audit Services Group and has a focus in assurance services. Geoff holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Jennifer joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014.
Justin McGhee – Chair
Justin joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014.
Jessica Michel – Secretary
Speech Language Pathologist
Jessica (last name formerly Blanch) joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2015.
Consultant (Cognitive Disability Strategy) & Behavior Support Facilitator
Mary joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2016.
Theresa joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2017.
Parent & Doctoral Student
Nathan joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2018.
Student Programming Support (Blind & Visual Impairments)
Molisa joined the Autism Services’ Board of Directors in June 2015.