Canucks Autism Network
The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) was founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks' owners Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son was diagnosed with autism in 1996. The Canucks Autism Network's goal is to enhance the quality of life of over 4,500 children and youth living with autism in British Columbia. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological condition that affects one in every 93 children in British Columbia. Families affected by autism face many challenges, including limited access to programs, services and opportunities.
The funds raised for CAN at the Fishing for Kids Fundraising Tournament go towards delivering high-caliber and innovative sports, recreation, social and vocational programs to the children and families living with autism in BC. The Canucks Autism Network has implemented successful programs in 25 lower-mainland communities, and continues to reach out to new communities in Victoria, Sooke, Campbell River, Cranbrook, Nelson and Port McNeil.