A tireless leader and visionary, Margaret Whelan has been active in the autism sector for well over 30 years. She spent 28 of those years as the Executive Director of Geneva Centre for Autism. Trained as a clinical Social Worker, Margaret has focused her career on program development, community capacity building and advocacy.
In addition to her work in the Toronto community, she has had a significant impact at the national level. Margaret is a founding member of the Canadian ASD Alliance, CASDA. In this capacity, she has been a powerful advocate for Canadians on the Autism Spectrum, at the national level. In 2014, she lead CASDA’s National Needs Assessment Project and is pleased to have worked closely with Dr. Jonathan Weiss at the University of York as co-author of the National Need Assessment report, Autism in Canada: A National Needs Assessment Survey.
In July 2015, Margaret was appointed by the federal Minister of Health to serve on the National ASD Working Group exploring the feasibility of a Canadian Autism Partnership. In October of that same year, she assumed responsibility as Co-Director of the Canadian Autism Partnership Project that you will be hearing more about today.
Passionate and dedicated, Margaret’s leadership has contributed to profound and positive change for the 1 in 68 people and families living with autism across Canada.