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Christian Stoll – 2019

Christian Stoll is a 13-year-old outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, skiing and the peaceful seclusion that nature provides. Christian is an avid, if unconventional, swimmer with a natural comfort around the water and a desire to learn to sail.

When Christian was two, his parents, Garth and Anne, began to notice his avoidance of social connection and his delayed speech development. Soon after, the family connected with a Speech Pathologist who helped to guide them along their path to an eventual autism diagnosis. The diagnosis left the family feeling overwhelmed and isolated as they attempted to navigate the convoluted world of autism.

The following years were marked with hours of therapy as Christian’s parents and his dedicated home team worked to provide the best possible support.

Soon after, the Stolls discovered the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and the vital community of support that surfaced through CAN.

Since becoming CAN members, Christian has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and recreation programs. According to his father Garth, Christian has trouble communicating and is not overly emotive, yet his happiness and pride shines through when he is at a CAN program.

While Christian does not necessarily appreciate team dynamics, he has gained newfound confidence and independence through individual successes in CAN programs. From learning to ride a bike in less than a week, to honing his skating and basketball skills, to spending his first-ever night away from home at CAN overnight camp, Christian continues to break barriers and thrive in CAN programs.

The Stoll family is grateful to everyone at Canucks Autism Network for their continued support and to Wheaton Precious Metals and The West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Tournament for providing Christian with an unforgettable first-ever fishing experience.