Service Navigators

The faces of the Service Navigation program, our Service Navigators are creative, solution-focused autism professionals scattered throughout the province to reach as many families as possible. 

Our Service Navigators are here to provide information about the Ontario Autism Program and help connect families to service providers and resources available in their local communities. This will include programs, services and resources that families can purchase with their Childhood Budgets and Interim One Time Funding, as well as other services and supports available locally. 

 

North - Algoma and Sault Ste Marie
Annie MacDonald

 

Annie MacDonald

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 235

Email: annie@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Annie studied Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University and has worked in the roles of Youth Employment Coordinator, and most recently Community Support Services Coordinator. Annie has experience working with diverse populations including newcomers to Canada, youth, seniors, and their families. She enjoys volunteering in her local community, caring for her plants, and spending time with friends and family.

North - Nippissing, Timiskaming, and Cochrane
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Angèle Paquette

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 345

Email: angele@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Angèle has had the opportunity to work directly with children with ASD in a few different environments - schools, day cares and then working for over 7 years as an IBI/ABA (Intensive Behaviour Intervention/Applied Behaviour Analysis) therapist. Angèle is bilingual and the proud mother of two grown and very independent girls living away from home and attending college.  In her spare time you can find Angèle living on a cattle farm with her husband of 25 years.

North - Simcoe, Muskoka, and Parry Sound
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Erin Nightingale

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 309

Email: erin@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Erin brings over seven years of experience working with Autism Ontario to her new role as a Service Navigator, where she is excited to continue her work supporting individuals with ASD and their families. Erin enjoys watching movies with her son, Aidan, and she likes to unwind by walking her fur babies, Quincy and Chloe. Her favourite sports team is the New York Football Giants!

North - Sudbury and Manitoulin
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Michelle Bascom

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 346

Email: michelle@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Michelle studied Child and Youth Development at Collège Boréal which, combined with over 15 years of experience in the field of ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis), has lead her to where she is today, helping children and youth on the Autism Spectrum. At Autism Ontario, she continues helping the community with her commitment to individuals with autism and their families. Michelle loves traveling and spending time with her family, who live by the motto, "Bascoms never quit."

North - Thunder Bay, Rainy River, and Kenora
Doug Eddington

 

Doug Eddington

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 229

Email: doug@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Doug has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth and families in Northwestern Ontario’s mental health, legal and developmental services fields. At Autism Ontario, he is excited to continue supporting individuals and families with information about the Ontario Autism Program and help connect families with service providers and resources in their communities. Doug enjoys playing guitar, and spending time with family. 

West - Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Essex
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Kathleen Foubister

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 311

Email: kathleen@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Kathleen is happy to have worked with Autism Ontario for the past 7.5 years. Before coming to Autism Ontario, she worked for 16.5 years as a Home Support Services Worker in Sarnia. Kathleen is the proud mom of Ainsley and three rescue dogs.

West - Grey Bruce, Huron, and Perth
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Jessica Steele

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 344

Email: jessica@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Jessica has a great passion for helping others! She comes to Autism Ontario with many years of experience working with children, youth and families, including three years in child and adolescent mental health, and as a Family Support Caregiver for seven years. Jessica loves dogs and volunteers with an animal rescue in her town. 

West - Niagara, Halidmand/Norfolk, Brant, and Oxford
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Kim McAlpine

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 343

Email: kim@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Kim has worked 12 years in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and during that time has been an Instructor Therapist, Respite Facilitator, Behaviour Therapist Assistant, Family Support Worker and Family Service Coordinator. Kim has two wonderful grandchildren who keep her busy and one big old bulldog named Dozer.

Central - Durham
 
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Miska Jones

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 338

Email: miska@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Miska brings a wealth of experience to Autism Ontario. She has a background in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and has worked as a Behaviour Consultant. A fun fact about Miska is that her dog's name is Yoshi, like the character from the Nintendo games, because he jumps when he runs.

Central - Halton, Waterloo, and Wellington
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Liz Boyd

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 342

Email: liz.b@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Liz has 11 years of experience working with individuals with both developmental and physical disabilities and their families.  She worked previously in the Toronto region in various roles such as IBI Instructor Therapist, Social Skills Group Facilitator, Adult Outings Group Facilitator, Family Support Coach and Respite Options Facilitator. Liz is an animal lover, gardener, and nature enthusiast. "Ask me about the 'pets' I've had!".

Central - Hamilton
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Elizabeth (Liz) Mitchell

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 314

Email: liz.m@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Liz trained in an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) program and has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders for 35 years, including in respite/camp programs, a group home for hard-to-serve adults, as an autism team member within a school board, and as a faculty member of the Geneva Centre for Autism. She loves watching sports, especially hockey, football, and volleyball.

Central - Peel
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Ben Bukuru

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 341

Email: ben@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Ben has worked in various roles within the mental health/autism field with the first few years in direct care and pre-vocational services. He then worked for 8 years as a Case Coordinator and 3 years as an Autism Consultant. Ben loves to travel and experience different people, sceneries, cultures, foods, artifacts, and histories. His most awe-inspiring experience was his 2014 visit to the Great Egyptian Pyramids in Giza.

Central - Toronto
Lauren Danes

 

Lauren Danes

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 334

Email: lauren@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Lauren has several years of experience with individuals on the autism spectrum. She was the coordinator of a respite program for children on the spectrum as well as summer programs for adults with developmental disabilities. A fun fact about Lauren is that she loves cooking new recipes and refinishing furniture.

 

 

 

 

Karie Evelyn smiling

 

Karie Evelyn

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 340

Email: karie@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Karie has been working in the developmental services sector for over 5 years. She previously worked as a Case Manager in York Region before joining the Autism Ontario Service Navigation team. Karie loves baking chocolate chip cookies and spending time in the sun.  

Central - York

 

Shana Gibson

 

Shana Gibson

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 339

Email: shana@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Shana joins Autism Ontario with over 20 years in the sector, starting her journey back in 1994.   She previously worked as a community supports manager in York Region for 15 years, spending the last 8 years working directly with the Ontario Autism Program. 

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, which includes two adult children, two cats and rescue dog, Carl. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, a good book and lazy days “binge” watching Netflix.    

East - Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Lanark, Renfrew, and Leeds & Grenville
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Hayley Stolarchuk

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 253

Email: hayley@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

Before beginning work at Autism Ontario, Hayley worked as an Autism Therapist in the east region for almost 5 years; she worked 1-1 with autistic children,  provided parent training, and facilitated workshops. Hayley has two German Shepherd rescue dogs and loves pizza (but not with pineapple).

East - Northumberland, Hastings, and Prince Edward County
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Tiffany MacDonald

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 312

Email: tiffany@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Tiffany has been working in the field of autism for the last 19+ years, implementing programs, advocating, and providing resources for individuals with ASD and their families. She has worked in respite services, in educational settings, and in community settings as an Autism Consultant. Tiffany loves nature and is in training for mud runs.

East - Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry
A picture of Kelsey MacDonald, a young woman with long brown hair, wearing a scarf, in front of a blue sky background

 

Kelsey McDaniel

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 318

Email: kelsey@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English, French

While completing her degree in disability studies, Kelsey provided respite care to several families of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before taking on a role at Autism Ontario in March of 2018, she worked with a local organization that supported youth and adults with intellectual disabilities to gain meaningful employment. A fun fact about Kelsey is that she has her black belt in karate. 

East - Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton
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Jamie Read

Telephone: 1-800-472-7789 ext 317

Email: jamie@autismontario.com

Languages Spoken: English

Over the last 15+ years Jamie has had the wonderful opportunity to support families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder in a variety of settings including recreational, therapeutic, residential, and community, including with Autism Ontario for the past 8 years as a Family Support Coordinator in York Region and Simcoe County. Jamie is a lifelong Toronto Raptors fan, and remembers watching them in their inaugral season in the Skydome.