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 directors 2019-2020
Carmen Lahaie -President – Board Member since: 1990 / Parent Member
Education : nursing with specialization in child psychiatry.
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, now Comuté régional pour l’autisme et 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.
Marie-Claire Gascon – Secretary-Treasurer – Board Member since: 2008 / Parent Member
Education: D.C.S. in Finance.
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.
Geneviève Perras- Administrator – Board Member since: 2018 / Support Member
Education : Special Education Program.
Mrs. Perras started her career with autistic individuals when she worked for Autisme Montréal’s respite services while still at school, in 2001. She first started working for La Maisonnette respite services, and then in the various direct services, which has allowed her to develop her knowledge and a great interest for the clientele. When she finished school, she started to work for Autisme Montréal full time, as a shadow for the Family Support section and then from 2008 à 2013, she was Responsable of Direct Services. Since January 2013, Mrs. Perras is the owner of an intermediate resource for adults with ASD and intellectual delay. She has often observed that autistic individuals and their families really need support to defend their rights and their requests to obtain services. This is why she wishes to pursue her commitment with the Board of Directors.
Erwin Neumark, Ph. D. – Administrator – Board Member since: 2019 / Support Member
Education: licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in ASD.
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. Mr. Neumark became an Administrator in 2015 and he wanted to be a Board Member again to support the cause and the team. Mr. Neumark has been involved in the field of autism for 20 years. He is devoted to helping develop a better understanding of autism as well as individuals with ASD and their families.
Émilie Desmond- Administrator – Board Member since: 2019 / Parent Member
Education: Bachelor of Communications.
Mrs. Desmond has her heart set on social commitment and she is involved in several projects with organizations in order to make a difference. She has witnessed the action force of parents and the impact that they can have on certain orientations, decision-making and implementation of recommendations. As a parent, this is what gives her hope and the strength to continue her involvement.
Vitor Matias – Administrator – Board Member since: 2019 / Support Member
Education: Bachelor of Psychology.
Mr. Matias has been a school psychologist for 14 years and he has been working with children with ASD for 12 years. He is also a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM): “Participation sociale des personnes présentant une DI ou un TSA”. His knowledge of the school and health networks will support the defense of rights actions of people with ASD and their families.
Maria Lucia Beltran Mihajlovic- Administrator – Board Member since: 2019 / Parent Member
Education: Bachelor of Laws and ACS in Agent de support à la gestion des ressources humaines.
Mrs. Beltran Mihajlovic is the mother of two children with ASD. She left her law career and decided to reorient her professional life to work in human resources to better respond to the needs of her children. Mrs. Beltran Mihajlovic is involved with Autisme Montréal to work for the improvement of the quality of life of its members and development of services. She continues to do research to find therapeutic or medical approaches which could help to improve the health, development, autonomy and well-being of her children.