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Katy Harandi, CEO

Katy Harandi, Chief Executive Officer

Katy is the mother of two, one of whom has autism. Since 1995, she has devoted her time toward helping her daughter overcome many of the challenges with this condition. She has investigated educational and biomedical treatments for autism and has researched the field extensively. Katy supervised and actively participated in her daughter’s home-based ABA program, receiving many hours of training from educational and behavioural specialists, as well as experts in the fields of speech and occupational therapy. She was the YWCA 2012 Women of Distinction nominee for her contributions to our community and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. Katy Harandi is the co-founder and  Chair of the Board at PALS Autism Society, a specialized educational program for children and young adults with autism. Katy is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle and a member of the Sauder School of Business Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a director of the board of the Stanford University Alumni Club in BC. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business.

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Noah Morantz, CFRE, director of development

Noah joins the Canucks Autism Network team with over a decade of development experience.  The majority of Noah’s career in philanthropy has been spent working for children and families across British Columbia.  As the Director of Development Noah is responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising.  He holds a BA from UBC and was granted the designation of a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2008.  Noah lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two young boys. 


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stephanie jull, phd, bcba-d, director of programming

Stephanie has a PhD in Special Education from UBC where her dissertation research involved teaching community recreation instructors to support children with autism in swimming lessons. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and has over 10 years' experience teaching staff in home, school and community settings to provide effective support to individuals on the autism spectrum. Stephanie has taught courses for UBC and Capilano University, as well as several community workshops, and she strongly values ongoing professional development for the CAN program staff team. At CAN, Stephanie oversees program development, program partnerships, and training initiatives to build capacity for supporting individuals with autism in sports and recreation settings across the province.

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Michelle Hohne, Director of Operations, BBA, PMP

Michelle joins the Canucks Autism Network with over 12 years of experience in non-profit operational management. Michelle is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). As the Director of Operations, Michelle is responsible for ensuring CAN operates smoothly and effectively while overseeing finances, human resources, registration, volunteer management, and facility management. In addition to her business experience, Michelle brings a strong passion for sport and recreation. A nationally certified gymnastics coach and volunteer in the sport community, Michelle is committed to supporting the CAN mission to provide high quality programs for individuals and families living with autism. 

 

Isabel Angeles, Accountant

Isabel joined CAN in August 2011 and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring financial processes including budget development and management.  Isabel brings with her over 15 years of accounting experience and is very involved in her sons’ associations by volunteering as School PAC Treasurer, Atom C1 Treasurer, Atom Division Manager and Chair of the Atom/Peewee Tournament for Richmond Minor Hockey. Isabel feels at home working alongside such dedicated and inspiring co-workers.

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Carolyn Taylor, Office Coordinator

Carolyn comes from hospitality where she spent 13 amazing seasons with Canucks Sports and Entertainment! Carolyn first learned about Canucks Autism Network when she led tours at Rogers Arena for our CAN families. As Office Coordinator, she is here not only to support our dedicated team, but to answer any questions our families have about membership. She believes that CAN is changing the world!  

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Marco Palmeri, Family Adventures Coordinator

Marco joins the Canucks Autism Network with an eclectic background in a variety of work settings. While he enjoyed his past experiences, he always knew that working with children would be at the core of his dream job. Having a nephew with autism has enabled Marco to personally experience the challenges that families affected by autism face. Inspired by his nephew and fuelled by his own desire to give back, Marco found himself eager to get involved with CAN. Marco’s involvement  began in a volunteer capacity and naturally evolved into a full-time position. Marco is delighted to be working alongside such dedicated co-workers and is thrilled whenever he gets the opportunity to work with the CAN participants first hand.  

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Ryan Yao, MANAGER OF STRATEgic partnerships

Ryan joins the Canucks Autism Network with many years of experience working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in recreation, social and various other settings. Ryan graduated in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science. His passion for working towards a better community was evident in his work with UBC REC and the Richmond Society for Community Living while completing his degree.  

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Ali Gorsak, program Coordinator

Ali has a Certificate in Behaviour Intervention (Autism Specialty) from Douglas College where she studied effective support strategies for individuals with autism.  She has 4 years of experience working as a behavior interventionist and social skills group leader in community intervention settings. Ali also has extensive background planning recreational  programming for children in both summer camp and cruise ship settings. Ali has worked in CAN programs for 4 years and is very excited for the promotion to Sports & Recreation Coordinator.  Ali will oversee swimming, fitness and summer camp programs.  

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Lindsay PEtrie, Marketing & communications Manager

Lindsay joins the Canucks Autism Network with a background in marketing, communications and sales. In addition, Lindsay has a strong passion for the stage and has performed all over the world as a professional dancer.  Committed to learning more about autism, Lindsay is delighted whenever she gets the opportunity to get to know Canucks Autism Network participants and families. Lindsay is thrilled to be a part of such an impassioned, dedicated team and is continually inspired by the commitment and perseverance of the participants and their families.  

 

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SABRINA WONG, MARKETING COORDINATOR

Sabrina joins the Canucks Autism Network with experience in marketing, public relations, and visual media.  Prior to CAN, she was involved with fundraising initiatives with the BC Lupus Society.  Sabrina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Film Studies and developed a passion for helping the community. As the Marketing Coordinator at CAN, she supports CAN’s marketing and communications strategies while creating and managing visual assets. Sabrina is enthusiastic to be part of a dedicated team to help support individuals and families living with autism.

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Stephanie Shack, Development Coordinator

Stephanie joins the Canucks Autism Network with a passion for facilitating philanthropy in her community. A UBC alumna, Stephanie has worked and volunteered for health, education, animal welfare, foundation and arts charities in BC in a fund development capacity. Working closely with Noah, Stephanie is excited to utilize her fundraising knowledge and experience to ensure the long term growth and sustainability for the Canucks Autism Network.  Contact Stephanie.

Frantz De Rycke

Frantz De Rycke, Operations Coordinator

Frantz brings with him years of experience in computing, marketing and sales as well as data analysis and management skills. As Operations Coordinator, Frantz provides valuable support to the various teams within the organization and plays an integral role in awareness raising activities, as well as in the development of Excel programs to simplify and streamline all internal processes.  

  

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caitlyn van dijk, Program Coordinator

 Caitlyn has a certificate as a Special Education Teacher Assistant from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has two years of experience working as an Education Assistant in the School District and has enjoyed working as a behaviour interventionist on several home teams. She has spent time working as a medical first responder for the fire department and spent many years programming for children in summer camps. Caitlyn started volunteering in CAN programs 3 years ago and is thrilled to join the CAN programming team. She is excited to combine her passion for sports and inclusion to support children and families living with autism.  

 Darcie Domes - Canucks Autism Network

Darcie Domes, bcaba, Program Coordinator

Darcie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism and an Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty. Darcie has worked with individuals with autism since 2009 in various settings. She has previously worked as a Senior Behaviour Interventionist, a Special Education Assistant, and has been involved in many of CAN’s programs as a Support Worker, Coach, and Onsite Coordinator. She is thrilled to continue her involvement with CAN and apply her skills, knowledge, and passion for supporting families with autism as well as increasing awareness and acceptance throughout schools and communities in BC.

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Tara rodas, bcaba, Program Coordinator 

Currently completing her Master of Arts in Special Education-Autism & Developmental Disabilities at UBC, Tara is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis–Autism. Tara has spent the past few years working with individuals with ASD in home, educational, and recreational settings as a Assistant Behaviour Analyst and Special Education Assistant. Her background also includes instructing and program planning in music, art, and sports, including over a decade of experience in competitive cheerleading. With experience in training, Tara also brings a passion for development, and is eager to spread her enthusiasm for growth and success.   

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Allison Angus, Program Coordinator

Allison is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Special Education - Autism & Developmental Disabilities at UBC. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis - Autism and almost ten years of experience working as a Behaviour Interventionist. In addition, Allison previously worked as a Special Education Assistant for several years in various elementary schools. Allison brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to supporting families living with autism. In particular, Allison is interested in supporting teens and young adults with autism and enhancing their quality of life and connections within their community.

Danielle De Marchi

Danielle De Marchi, Human Resources Coordinator

After spending many years in the retail industry including the Canucks Team Store and luxury retail giant Harrods Ltd. in London, England, Danielle became very passionate about training and employee recognition programs pointing her in the direction of HR. After graduating from BCIT with a Diploma in Human Resources Management, Danielle worked for the construction and Health Care industries specializing in recruitment and building / re-engineering organizational processes relating to Human Resources.  Danielle has also spent time as a Special Education Assistant working with children with various medical and developmental disabilities including autism.  She is excited to combine her passion for Human Resources and advocating for inclusion into one role with the Canucks Autism Network.

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Harold Cecchetti, volunteer coordinator

Harold joined the Canucks Autism Network after completing an internship with the Vancouver Canucks in Community Relations, helping coordinate the team’s many charitable initiatives. Prior to his time with the Canucks, he worked as an Education Assistant at a private school in Port Moody, fostering a sincere passion for supporting individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. In addition to his background in both special education and communications, Harold has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in English, completed at SFU. He is thrilled to contribute his skills in communication and enthusiasm for CAN’s values as the team’s Volunteer Coordinator – managing and recognizing the countless individuals who so generously donate their time to the organization. 
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siobhan doyle, office assistant

Siobhan first became interested in the programs that CAN offers due to her obsession with the Vancouver Canucks. From her involvement in CAN programs, she chose to donate her time to assist the organization with administrative tasks as an internship requirement for the Consumer Job Preparation Program at Douglas College. After she completed this program she returned to CAN to continue volunteering in an administrative role. The Canucks Autism Network recognized what an amazing job Siobhan was doing and decided to set an example within the community for employing individuals on the autism spectrum. Siobhan became a paid employee in February of 2014 and she continues to impress the team with the work she produces. She is currently taking Basic Occupation Education at Douglas College and her passions include the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, music, dancing, watching YouTube videos, spending time on Facebook, and hanging out with friends.

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 Adam Flaherty Levy, office assistant

Adam graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary in 2011 with his B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma. Since then he’s attended the food service careers and career awareness programs at Vancouver Community College, where he obtained his Food Safe and World Host designations. Today he works part-time at Kerrisdale Lumber as a yard assistant. Adam is a musical guy; he plays rhythm and bass guitar and accompanies himself on vocals. He and his friends play basketball and ball hockey together and view every movie that hits the theatres. CAN has been an important part of Adam’s life for years. He and his brother started as volunteers in the soccer program. When programs for young adults became available he eagerly joined Sociables, swimming, fitness, and outdoor rec.  He really enjoys working with the CAN staff as a program assistant and considers himself a real CAN ambassador. 

 


DARCIE DOMES, PROGRAM COORDINATOR