6th Annual Canucks Autism Network Family Festival to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

VANCOUVER, April 5, 2017 /CNW/ - On Sunday, April 9th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) will host the 6th Annual CAN Family Festival at Jack Poole Plaza, in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. The CAN Family Festival, emceed by Breakfast Television Host Riaz Meghji, will include live entertainment by Bobs & Lolo and David Morin, a pop-up local artisan market, food trucks, a skate park, face painting, a ball hockey tournament featuring Vancouver Canucks Alumni, and a variety of family-friendly activities and exhibitors.

The event kicks off with the lighting of the cauldron to commemorate April as Autism Awareness Month, followed by a fundraising walk. The CAN Family Festival is open to the public with free admission and is expected to draw over 1,500 attendees, including appearances by:

  • Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks President, Hockey Operations & Alternate Governor, NHL
  • Kirk Mclean, Vancouver Canucks Alumni
  • Darcy Rota, Vancouver Canucks Alumni
  • Paolo Aquilini, Canucks Autism Network Founder
  • Katy Harandi, Canucks Autism Network President & CEO

"With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, and over 11,000 families impacted in BC alone, support from the community is needed now more than ever," says CAN Founder, Paolo Aquilini.

Media are invited to attend at 11:00 a.m. PT. Paolo Aquilini (CAN Founder), Katy Harandi (CAN CEO), and select families living with autism will be available for interviews. Please RSVP to lindsay.petrie@canucksautism.ca and check in at the Media Check-In Tent upon arrival.

The CAN Family Festival, presented by the West Coast Fishing Club Fishing for Kids Tournament and Macquarie Group Foundation, is proudly sponsored by: North Growth Foundation, Vancouver International Airport, OpenRoad Toyota, Kinetic Security, Helijet, Clark's Audio Visual Services Ltd., Cactus Club Coal Harbour,  Helly Hansen, Modern Fort, Great West Graphics, Tim Hortons, Trace Mineral Water, RYU Apparel Inc., TapSnap, Triple O's, Breakfast Television Vancouver & City TV, OMNI Television (Official), Miss 604, the Daily Hive, 103.5 QMFM, and The Vancouver Sun.

About the Canucks Autism Network (CAN)
The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round sports and recreational programs for individuals and families living with autism, while increasing awareness and providing autism training in communities across British Columbia.

To learn more, please visit www.canucksautism.ca

SOURCE Canucks Autism Network

For further information: Please email Lindsay.petrie@canucksautism.ca or call (604) 685-4049.

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