The members of Autisme Montreal’s board are themselves parents of children with autism or people that work with individuals with autism. They are all volunteers.
Information about the next board meetings is available upon request.
Board of Trustees 2016-2017
Carmen Lahaie -President – Board Member since: 2011
Mrs. Lahaie is the mother of five children, who are now all adults, including one with ASD. She has been an active member of Autisme Montréal since the ‘80s and has chosen to devote her life to the autism cause. In 1999, she received the Serena Merck Memorial Award as well as Centraide’s Antoinette-Robidoux award, for her dedication to the autism cause. In 2006, the Services de réadaptation L’Intégrale paid tribute to her for her significant contribution to the social integration of people with ASD or intellectual delay. She was President of the CRADI (Comité régional des associations pour la déficience intellectuelle), Vice-President of the FQA (Fédération québécoise de l’autisme) and founder of the Centre d’assistance et d’accompagnement aux plaintes.
Sylvie Mouna – Vice President – Board Member since: 2012
Mrs. Mouna is the mother of two children, including one with ASD. She comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she was working as a relief worker. She arrived in Quebec in 1996 as a refugee. Since 1999, she has been working in the community setting as an advocate for immigrant families. She is the recipient of the Projet Hommage aux Femmes, 2016 edition, supported by the City of Montreal, for her commitment to the autism cause with immigrant families.
Marie-Claire Gascon – Secretary-Treasurer – Board Member since: 2008
Mrs. Gascon is the mother of an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome. She has retired in May 2015, after 31 years as an Administrative Assistant at the Fleury Hospital. She was confronted with many obstacles in her search for services to finally realize that they were non-existent for autistic adults. Then, she found out about Autisme Montréal and joined the organization to advocate and become more involved as Board Member.
Erwin Neumark Ph.D – Administrator – Board Member since 2015
Mr. Neumark is the Clinical Director at the Montreal Autism Centre and Psychology Professor (part-time) at Concordia University where he teaches a course on autism as well as other psychology courses. He is married and the father of four children. He is devoted to helping develop a better understanding of autism and helping individuals with ASD and their families.
Fabiola Pascal – Administrator – Board Member since: 2015
Mrs. Pascal is the mother of three children, including two with ASD and since the birth of her second child, she devotes all her time to her family as a stay-at-home mother. She was outraged to find out that there was a lack of services for autistic children, so she decided to gather information and then to become involved with an organization, which for her is THE reference for people who are affected in some way or another by autism, namely Autisme Montréal.
Faouzia Belounis – Administrator – Board Member since: 2016
Board Member since 2016 / Education: physician licensed by the Medical Council of Canada. Mrs. Belounis is the mother of a child with a moderate ID (intellectual delay) and ASD, who is now an adult. She likes to say that life is never boring with her son and that he gives her the necessary energy to stay in good shape. Presently, she teaches nursing.
Aurélie Paquet – Administrator – Board Member since: 2016
Board Member since 2016 / Education: B.A. in teaching school and social adjustment. Mrs. Paquet started to work for Autisme Montréal in 2009. Since then, she has worked with autistic individuals and their families in various services offered to them as a shadow and coordinator. She is now back in school to pursue her studies in social work and wishes to continue her involvement with autistic individuals and their families in a different way and collaborate with the persons who are working with them within the organization.
Board Member since: 1994
Board Member since: 1993