The Sooke Autism Support Society (SASS) is an affiliate of Autism BC and we are thrilled to announce that the Autism Awards Show & Raffle Event raised a total of $70,320 for AutismBC programs and services supporting autism initiatives throughout the province.
We are especially delighted to share with you that on October 25, 2020, Sooke resident Heather Stout, a valued member of the SASS Working Committee, was acknowledged as the winner of the Regional Community Impact Award for Vancouver Island! Heather is a dedicated, passionate & hardworking member of our working group at Sooke Autism Support Society (SASS) and in the last year she has not only provided us with a fresh perspective, tremendous & greatly needed support, but she has also initiated many GREAT ideas to promote awareness of our group as well as, help raise money for families in Sooke affected by ASD.
As a professional photographer, (https://www.facebook.com/breakwaterphotography) she volunteered to run our inaugural (now annual) SENSORY SANTA EVENT including providing Santa (her father) to allow children with special needs in our community to stay local and have a low key photo with Santa – photos were by donation to SASS. She initiated “PHOTOS ON THE PORCH” for families during COVID which was by donation only to SASS raising almost $1,000 as well as, offering free photos to Grads of 2020. She and her entire family worked tirelessly at our ANNUAL BOTTLE DRIVE in June collecting truckloads of donations beforehand & working all day to help us raise almost $3,000. In addition, at her own expense, she created SASS t-shirts and provided them to all those volunteering at our Bottle Drive. She coordinated with her Mom, who owns SASSY FACE MASKS, to donate $2 from every mask sold to SASS and we just deposited a check for $2,000!
Heather was also instrumental in our participation at the FESTIVAL OF TREE EVENT at Seaparc. (we provide families with craft kits, they come down decoration, go for a free swim, and enjoy some treats afterwards). When we found outthree weeks later most of our tree decorations had gone ‘missing’ (don’t decorate with Candy Cane Reindeer was our big lesson!) she was there the same day getting that tree fully beautified with a fresh batch of new decorations.
Heather has made an amazing, significant, and positive impact on The Sooke Autism Support Society (SASS) and everyone in our community! Congratulations Heather Stout!
For more information about The Sooke Autism Support Society go to www.sooke.sass.com or join our SASS FB Page to find out when our next zoom monthly meeting is.Judi Trudel