The ribbons been cut to officially open the doors of the first Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) hub-and-spoke location in Prince George.
The new 3,000-square-foot facility was locally funded in the amount of $100,000, and its main focus is to support families needing access to autism resources.
Jordan Oliver is the local family founder who advocated for the centre, and is happy it’s opened.
“We’ve been working really hard over the last year to build this from basically just concrete walls. Going out into our community and finding families, friends, and local contractors who would help us and donate is amazing.”
Oliver found out eight years ago her son was diagnosed with autism.
Her and her husband, Jason, saw there was a need for a facility that could provide support for other families struggling to find resources in our community.
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson, attended the ribbon cutting, and told residents him and his colleagues are working to bring more support for people with disability.
“We are very focused to create opportunities for people who are on the autism spectrum, to be able to find employment and have full lives that include a job and a fulfilment that work gives all of us.”
Simpson added the turnout to the event is a clear sign services like this are in need in the north
The new office is located at the Gateway Centre just off of Victoria Street.