We are excited to announce our very first GIRLS CLUB special guest star, guest speaker Erin Boe!
Erin is a young, autistic woman who is a public speaker, and who holds a diploma in journalism.
Erin will speak to us -- and answer questions -- after our COOKIE PARTY
AUDIENCE: Erin's topic is adult in nature, and is open to our MIDDLE SISTERS and BIG SISTERS (ages 11 and up)
RSVP: I would like to give Erin an indication of how many GIRLS will be in the audience. Please let me know if you plan to attend her part of the evening.
Erin is an exceptional young woman, and a positive role model for our GIRLS! We are thrilled to have Erin speak at GIRLS CLUB!
Speaker: Erin Boe
Topic: Being Involved in Your Community Can Lead to Surprising Outcomes and Opportunities
Bio: I was born in Vancouver and diagnosed at 3 ½ years. So, for the most part, I grew up knowing I was autistic. I had trouble making friends so was often alone. In high school, I attended as a regular student. I joined the school choir and glee club and even went to Japan twice through the cultural exchange program.
Since the age of eight, I have attended Easter Seals camps. In Grade 10, I joined the youth reporter group of our city newspaper. Because of an article I wrote, Easter Seals asked me to become an Ambassador. For the next two years, I would attend events, do interviews, give speeches and share my story and memories of camp. I also took part in Rick Hansen’s 25th anniversary relay in 2012 as a Medal Bearer.
I started college in the fall of 2011 and graduated in 2015 from the journalism diploma program. During those years, I worked at my local Safeway as a service clerk. I got the job because of previous contact as a volunteer raising money for Easter Seals. I am currently working at Teavana, a store that sells loose-leaf tea, teaware and gifts. I enjoy working there and my being autistic does not seem to be an issue. I have been a lifelong resident of Richmond, where the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) hub is located.