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Evan Noble lives in Kelowna, BC., and works as an intern as part of the Business Risk Management Branch at the Ministry of Agriculture. Evan has always felt that it is important to teach others about the strengths and challenges of living with autism. He is an active community volunteer, having spoken about his life with autism on several occasions. Evan sits on the advisory council for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism. In his spare time, he enjoys sports such as running, cycling, skiing, and hockey, as well as playing video games and watching movies. He also has an interest in photography and loves to travel.
Rebekah Kintzinger is a mentor for autistic members of her community in Kelowna, BC, working with those who have specific needs or goals, and range from child to adult. As well as being on the board of directors for the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance, she is also an Okanagan Advisor for the Pacific Family Autism Network’s Voices of Autism. She also offers her time as a volunteer in a literacy program and with a community Christmas hamper program to keep her busy. She once helped to organize a rally for teachers, and her speech at the rally was posted on YouTube in addition to being in a Vancouver Sun article. Rebekah is very creative, and aside from loving to draw and write she also appreciates cooking for her two boys, and acting out scenes from Monty Python with them.
Sylvère was born in France and grew up there. Undiagnosed as a kid, he was selectively mute until the age of 15. He moved to Canada as a young adult in the late eighties. He was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2013. His friends know him
as a sailor, a watchmaker, a geek, passionate about technology and always willing to help with renovation and construction work! His professional career is eclectic and goes from boat building, to electronics and robotics for leading multinational
corporations. After being diagnosed, he moved to Alberta, and got involved with Autism Edmonton and with diverse projects for the community. In 2019, he was appointed as vice-president with AILA (Autism Independent Living Association) to help
move forward a project to build a multi-unit adapted building for autistic adults in Edmonton.
Juliani Kusmanto is a self-advocate from Vancouver, BC. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2010, while in her early 40’s, and since then she has been profoundly involved with autism community. Juliani participated in several autism-focused
research studies for various universities and served as a Family Services Community Grants (FSCG) Community Review Panel with Autism Speaks Canada from 2017 to 2019. Shaping the future of autism community and empower people with autism to thrive
are her passion. She believes the world needs Asperger’s brains. There is no innovation without people with autism. Juliani as a Bachelor degree in accounting and currently works for PayPal as an Operational Reconciliation Lead. When she
is not working, Juliani can be found on the trails with her bike, reading books, surfing the internet, and napping. She is also an avid learner.
Nicole Provost is a young entrepreneur, voice actor, pilot, radio host, and activist in the neurodiversity movement. She is best known for her work as founder of the Mayday Club Youth Choir, as host on the weekly broadcast 'Neurodiversity Now' on Vancouver Coop Radio, and for her role in the Netflix film 'Mune' as 'Glim'. Nicole is currently studying aviation in Abbotsford BC, and intends to become the first airline pilot with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.
Munira (Minnie) Jiwani
Minnie Jiwani is a well-spoken, energetic young lady who shares openly and eloquently her lived experience and has an extensive roster of accomplishments. She graduated from Richmond High School and began her employment journey from there. So far,
Minnie has worked mainly in the hospitality industry: McDonalds, the Pantry, White Spot as well as the Stay and Save hotel in Vancouver, BC. She also volunteers for a number of organizations: helping to prepare food as well as recycling. Minnie
has experience in delivering workshops called Welcome Workshops with Allan Bishop of Community Living British Columbia.
Joshua Scheller is a representative of the Pacific Autism Family Network. Josh can be found running reception like a pro. As well as learning about himself and his journey, Josh is an advisor for the Voices of Autism. Josh has many talents but he’s our resident Dad-jokes guy. Joshua has been an active member of the Voices of Autism since 2018 and has been creating and delivering public workshops and presentations as well as running booths and tables at events. Josh has presented to groups of up to 200 people and engages people in conversation with wit and a cheeky grin. Josh has a companion, Wabi, who is his support dog. Wabi is a big part of our team as well. He’s not so big on contributing to our conversations but it’s nice to have him there for moral support.
Kayla Tellier has been a member of the Voices of Autism since 2018. Kayla brings positive energy to every interaction. Outside of the Voices of Autism, Kayla is quite involved in the community; she creates and delivers acting classes and workshops with Autism BC and the Canucks Autism Network. Kayla is also on the Canucks Autism Network Training Team. Kayla participated in the Pacific Autism Family Network police training videos. Other passions for Kayla include acting, writing, filming and does a lot of work with small screen productions. Kayla can be seen in some of your favourite tv shows. Which ones? You’ll have to connect with her to find out.
John Appleby is an advisor with the Voices of Autism from Burnaby, British Columbia. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age 12, John brings a unique perspective of life on the spectrum. John has gained confidence and become open to new experiences
in his adult life. He participated in a Q&A panel with other autistic people and enjoys offering insights and reassuring words to parents. John desires to see other young autistic people grow with independence and self-determination. He hopes
to see autistic people confront the challenges they face while simultaneously ensuring non-autistic people offer their support. In his pare time John enjoys studying, playing video games, watching YouTube as well as skiing and walking. For him
there are always new lessons in trying to make sense of life.
Lucas Gates is a proud advocate, helping those with autism and making the community even stronger. Lucas is a born-and-raised third-generation Vancouverite and is proud to live in a city and province that makes diversity even stronger, and plans
on staying here for the long-haul. Lucas’s position with the Voices of Autism is Community Liaison and VOA advisor. In his work with the Voices of Autism Lucas has played a key role in community outreach. Lucas in his spare time, enjoys
taking time to the fullest by enjoying Vancouver weather, plays video games either privately or streaming and just generally enjoys life!
SF Walker is an autistic self-advocate and is the Manager of the Voices of Autism (VOA), a group created to advise the Pacific Autism Family Network. She has an extensive teaching background and has worked with students of all ages and skill levels. In addition to her role with VOA, SF also works with AIDE Canada and helps to create self-advocate programs, increase access to resources across Canada, and develop course content for online learning. She has a team of advisors from across British Columbia who help to define and determine the best methods for affecting positive change in our communities.