About Us

Our mission is to enable all individuals on the autism spectrum to live, learn, and engage in their communities.

Geneva Centre for Autism, based in midtown Toronto, is an international leader in the development and delivery of evidence-based clinical and recreational programs for children, youth, and adults with autism.
 

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Our Supporters

Our program partners, sponsors and individual donors.

Board & Staff Leadership

Geneva Centre for Autism Board of Directors.  

Strategic Plan

Scaling our existing capabilities and capacity.

Impact Report

Impact is our guiding star. Read about it here.

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision

Our vision is a world where people on the autism spectrum are accepted, able to access beneficial opportunities, and achieve their personal best.

Mission

Our mission is to enable people on the autism spectrum to learn, to live and to engage in their communities. We will do this by providing leading-edge and inclusive programming, education, and training.

Values

Our actions and relationships will demonstrate our core values of: Accountability, Collaboration, Trust and Compassion.

Our Supporters

We are grateful to our program partners, sponsors and individual donors for their dedication to supporting our local autism community.

Ontario Ministry

The Langar Foundation

The Frederick and Douglas Dickson Memorial Foundation

The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

The George Lunan Foundation

BMO
Baird MacGregor
Change Connect
Hargraft
ICON
Spicers
Tanner Financial Services
TRENTADUE-TORRES-GROUP
CIBC
Access Storage Storage Vault

Board and Staff Leadership

Geneva Centre for Autism Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a skills-based, volunteer board focused on good governance, prudent fiscal management, strategic oversight, and policy.

Judy Welikovitch

President

Beata Mehta

Vice President

David Gillespie

Treasurer

Paul Jachymek

Sagar Kancharla

Darren Williams

Marieta Mendoza

Linda Kenny

Yohan D'Souza

Terrence Zheng 


Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation Board of Directors

We succeed thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the commitment of our volunteer Board of Directors.

Jennifer Tremblay

President

Nina Valentic

Vice President

David Gillespie

Treasurer

Geoff Wright

Judy Welikovitch

Beata Mehta

Terry Tyler


Executive Leadership Team

Abe Evreniadis

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Davis

Vice President, Sonderly

Marie Desmarteau

Vice President, Foundation

Renita Paranjape

Vice President, Programs and Services

Kim Takata

Chief Operations and People Officer

Stephanie Warner

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Strategic Plan

Scaling our existing capabilities and capacity.

In 2023, the Board approved a three-year strategic plan which guides the activity and focus of the Centre and Foundation.

Scaling our existing capabilities and capacity through:

  • Fostering a Thriving Culture
  • Expanding Our Reach & Impact
  • Strengthening Our Capabilities
     

50 Years of Making a Difference

From our origins as a summer camp to becoming a global leader in the autism field, our steady growth is fueled by a commitment to serving the changing needs of our community.

1974

Geneva Centre for Autism began as a 3 1/2-week overnight camp for a group of 20 children with autism in Toronto. Named after an international conference on autism in Geneva, Switzerland, this overnight camp became a recurring summer program.

1977

The government grants funding for a follow-up program allowing staff to travel across Ontario to visit the homes of camp participants once a month.

1983

Research reveals that while camp participants made great strides during the camp program and monthly visits, they were struggling without continued support throughout the year.

1984

Begins the transition from a small-scale overnight camp into a full-service agency and resource centre, re-directing funding to a broader range of year-round non-residential services.

1986

Designs and hosts the first international conference on autism, bringing together professionals, educators, parents and researchers from around the world to discuss the latest research and clinical practices in the field of autism.

1991

The Training Institute is created to promote ASD community awareness and education.

1998

The Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation is created to support the development and expansion of GCA services.

2002

Program offerings expanded to provide support for adults and transition services.

2003

112 Merton Street purchased as our permanent home.

Early 2000s

The inaugural Toronto Partnership for Autism Services is formed with Surrey Place Centre, Adventure Place, Aisling Discoveries, Child and Family Centre, the Etobicoke Children’s Centre, and Geneva Centre for Autism.

2007

Programming capacity doubled with the purchase of 164 Merton Street.

2008

GCA purchases 224 Merton Street to further increase capacity.

2019

Sonderly launches, an online hub for delivering autism and neurodiversity training globally, with a full curriculum in English and French.

2020

A virtual service delivery model and crisis respite program are created to support families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021

The new Toronto Autism Services Network launches in partnership with Surrey Place, Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, Strides Toronto and SAAAC Autism Centre.

Our Future

As we celebrate 50 years of service, we plan for the future to see significant progress in the acceptance and inclusion of autistic people in all aspects of community life.