Pacific Autism Family Network is a charitable initiative with a mandate to serve the lifespan needs of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and all related disorders in British Columbia. Founded by parents Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia, with the vision to break down the barriers to needed access and capacity across the province, PAFN has raised over $32 million and collaborated with over 60 organizations to bring together needed supports, services and programs within one province-wide network. The Pacific Autism Family Network is made up of 3 collective entities:
1. The Society (PAFCS): Manages the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub; its programs and service offerings
2. Our Foundation (PAFCF): Raises the needed funds to support programming, operations and expansion efforts
3. Inform – Every Autism: PAFN’s research arm
In November 2016, PAFN opened their first location - the 60,000 sq.ft GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond, and has opened Prince George and Kelowna spokes to serve more people around the province. The Hub is a multi-purpose facility that offers assessment, therapy, education, and support services and programs. It features highly specialized clinics, treatment centres, labs, classrooms, spaces for Autism-focused organizations and non-profits, lecture theatres, video conferencing facilities, and more. Through the Hub, PAFN has built a “one-stop-shop” that supports all families looking for help in their navigation of available information and services. It can reach worldwide via its technical capabilities, including PAFN’s satellite locations.
Our Inspirational Goal
To help BC become the best place in the world for people and families affected by ASD.
Our Guiding Principles
We will provide high quality information, treatment and support to our diverse cultural and geographical communities.
We will provide innovative programs based on best practices that will serve as models to provide training to parents and community professionals across BC.
We will foster and maintain close relationships with researchers across BC and Canada to ensure that the programs we develop are informed by research and contribute to research. A state-of-the-art research facility will be an integral part of the Centre.
We will foster and maintain close relationships with community professionals and organizations to better serve British Columbians with ASD across the age span.
What People Are Saying
"“By investing wisely and strategically, we can build an environment of unprecedented collaboration and creativity. We can make BC a world leader, able to design effective and cost-effective ways to help ensure this growing population reaches its full potential.”"
— Sergio Cocchia PAFN Founder, Read More