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Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award

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Introducing the Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award

In recognition of the unflagging determination and leadership shown by the Honourable Jim Munson, former member of the Senate of Canada, and his wife, Ginette Munson in the pursuit of a better Canada for Autistic persons, their families and communities, Autism Alliance of Canada created The Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award.

This annual award is presented to someone living in Canada who has demonstrated the leadership, determination and values that reflect Jim’s and Ginette’s commitment to the creation of a National Autism Strategy.

Jim and Ginette Munson standing together

Call for Nominations

Autism Alliance of Canada is now accepting nominations for the Third Annual Jim & Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2024.

Attributes of the recipient

Nominees of this award embody the following attributes in their contribution to the autism sector in Canada:

  • Vision, as exemplified by a broad perspective on autism in Canada.
  • Collaboration, as demonstrated by genuine and inclusive teamwork, with a commitment to promoting engagement with Autistic people in Canada and government.
  • Acceptance, as shown by an understanding of the lives of Autistic people living in Canada, and their families
  • Openness to other perspectives, as demonstrated by big picture thinking and the use of evidence as essential to decision making.
  • Personal strength and integrity, as displayed by the personal attributes of tenacity, persistence and above all, kindness. 
  • Track record of action and impact: as demonstrated by a record of contributions that advance the goal of a better Canada for Autistic people across the country.

Past Recipients

Call for Autistic Artists and Creative Spirits

Autism Alliance of Canada is looking to purchase a piece of art to present to the winner of the Third Annual Jim & Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award. The deadline to submit a piece of art is January 15, 2024.