While there is no one known cause for autism, it is known the disorder is not caused by poor parenting.
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 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.
Kelly joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019.
Celine joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019.
Rylund joined the Autism Services’ board in June, 2017 and is currently the Chair of the Fund Development Committee. He holds a J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law and is a practicing lawyer at McDougall Gauley LLP. In addition to practicing law, he owns Astro Jump Saskatoon. Rylund also serves on the boards of Kidsport, Saskatoon Minor Football, Huskie Football Alumni and the Saskatoon Public School Foundation.
Rylund joined the board as he wanted to help support the organization’s goal of “ensuring all people with autism have the opportunity to live with dignity and to reach their full potential”. He feels fortunate to have these opportunities and believes people with autism deserve the same. He enjoys being part of a dedicated and passionate community that puts the people who use Autism Services first at every opportunity.
Jennifer joined the Autism Services board in June, 2014 and currently holds the position of Vice-Chair
Justin McGhee – Chair
Justin joined the Autism Services board in June, 2014 and has held the position of Chair since June, 2016. He is the owner of Triple Crown Metals Ltd.
Having a child with autism makes this a very personal interest for Justin and his reasons for joining the board were to help spread awareness. He also enthusiastically commits himself to the agencies’ fundraising initiatives as he recognizes the importance of growing the financial resources needed to deliver quality services to an ever-growing client base. Being involved in awareness and fundraising initiatives ensures he is able to interact with the membership and staff, which is what he enjoys most about his role.
Consultant (Cognitive Disability Strategy) & Behavior Support Facilitator
Mary joined Autism Services’ board in June, 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mary is in private practice and previously worked at Cognitive Disability Strategy and Autism Services.
Mary joined the board because she works with many individuals with ASD and wanted to stay involved in advocacy for services for individuals with ASD. What she loves the most about being a part of Autism Services is meeting the individuals with ASD and their families.
Theresa joined the Autism Services’ board in June, 2017. She is a Registered Psychologist, M.Ed. working for the Saskatoon Public School Board.
Theresa joined the board in order to show her support for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She feels that sitting on the board provides the opportunity to deepen her understanding of the various services offered by the organization. She’s also interested in better understanding the partnerships the organization has with other agencies who work to support independent living for people with ASD. What she enjoys most about being on the board are the wonderful people she’s met and the opportunities to volunteer with the organization.
Parent & Doctoral Student
Nathan joined the Autism Services’ board in June, 2018. He holds a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, a Bachelor of Arts (4-year Psychology) and is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. Kinesiology). His work experience includes the University of Saskatchewan, Aurora Soccer Club, and the Cities of Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Nathan joined the board, as his daughter falls on the Autism Spectrum, and he wanted to know more about the inner workings of Autism Services, and to have a voice with respect to decisions that get made by Autism Services and where funding is allocated. While he is relatively new to the board, he has obtained a better understanding of how decisions are made, and some of the challenges Autism Services faces in regards to fundraising and how Autism Services works with the public.
Sarah joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019.