Ken Robertson, Four Directions Autism, Chair
Bio: Ken Robertson is Secwepemc from Neskonlith Indian Band located in the south-central part of British Columbia. Raised in East Vancouver known as ‘Canada’s poorest postal code’ similar to many First Nations peoples, he had challenges accessing services on reserve. Ken moved to Toronto in his youth and held positions at Tumivut Youth Shelter, and later the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Shortly after the diagnosis of Autism of two of his children Ken began advocating for Autism parents when he ran in the 2014 municipal election for Toronto District School Board Trustee placing second. Current Board Member of Autism Ontario and successfully launched a House of Commons E-petition advocating for services for First Nations families off-reserve. His continued goal is advocating for all Autism parents, and addressing the challenge each family faces.