Amy has lived and worked in Toronto, British Columbia and California. She studied at Centennial College and received an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work and received a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University. Amy is passionate about providing individuals with Autism the best opportunities to grow and explore; the evolution of Ausome Opportunities was a natural fit. With encouragement from family and friends, Amy founded a weekend boys group focusing on fun, adventure and social fluency. She is the Recreation Manager at an Adult Residential Community, she directs an inclusion overnight summer camp program and runs a winter ski camp at Mt. St. Louis Moonstone. Grateful for an amazing group of dedicated families, Amy believes strongly in community inclusion and advocates for the rights of all individuals to actively participate in their community.
Shawn is a parent of a 21 year old daughter, who is on the severe end of the ASD spectrum. After years of wanting to do more, Shawn co-founded Karma Country Camp, to help fill a void of summer programs available for teens. This newly created summer day camp, based in Aurora specializes in teens on the Autism Spectrum ages 12+. Camp is close to wrapping up it’s first seven-week season and we are excited to report it was a huge success.
Many of our campers have struggled at other camps but found their place at Karma, making friends and trying new experiences in a safe supportive setting. At Karma, our collective goal was to provide a unique summer experience for our campers and create a community of families with a common goal of expanding their kids social and life skills, outside the school environment. Collectively, we believe we have achieved this goal. We had forty-three families for our inaugural season, many of whom are already excited for the 2020 season.