Media Release 

March 10, 2016 

Contact: ANCA Foundation 604-886-5720




APRIL 2, 2016 – Granville Rm,  1100 Granville Street, Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville, Vancouver, B.C. – Red carpet/media interviews 5pm-6pm; Gala benefit 6pm-9.30pm

Pam Goldsmith Jones MP

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Goldsmith-Jones will present the keynote address as Honorary Guest Speaker, during our Gala Benefit, fundraiser evening event

Pam Goldsmith Jones MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs


West Vancouver — Sunshine Coast — Sea to Sky Country

British Columbia

Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups


Canada-China Legislative Association

Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group

Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association (NATO PA)

Canadian Section of ParlAmericas

Acting Mayor

Councillor Raymond Louie

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Mr. Louie will present the Opening Address as Special Guest Speaker, with the Vancouver Mayoral Proclamation

Councillor Raymond Louie is serving his fifth term on Vancouver City Council, having been first elected in 2002. His vision is to help create a Vancouver where new opportunities to learn, succeed, and thrive are available to all. As a champion of communities, an expert in civic issues, and a fierce advocate for those who have been forgotten and ignored, he is working to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.

Jimmy D. Lane

Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

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Official Patron of the ANCA World Autism Festival

“Jimmy D. Lane is an incredible guitarist!”… Eric Clapton 1997

Enjoy the electric legendary blues with the Jimmy D. Lane Band. Jimmy will also share how autism has touched him and his family.

Jimmy D. Lane and Jimmy Rogers were inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame on April 28, 2013 in a JBTV hosted NBC Television ceremony held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Jimmy D. Lane has been included on his father’s, Jimmy Roger’s Mississippi Blues Trail Historical Landmark in Ruleville, Mississippi. He is also a featured subject in the newly released Biography of Jimmy Rogers…”Blues All Day Long”. Jimmy D. Lane made a national Canadian television appearance on Global BC Morning News. He was commissioned by Tourism Burnaby, British Columbia to host an online Twitter video show…”Tweet The Blues”…to help promote the Burnaby Blues Festival. “Tweet The Blues” won three Lotus Awards in November of 2012. He has two songs on the “Experience Hendrix” DVD…released in 2008. He performed with Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam), Double Trouble and Hubert Sumlin, on the project. Jimmy’s song “Tears Without A Shoulder” is featured in an episode of “In Plain Sight” (The Trojan Horst). Jimmy D’s version of Elmore James’s ‘Bleeding Heart” has passed 120,000 views on YouTube.

Elaine Tan Comeau

Welcome Address – Emcee

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Founder & CEO of Easy Daysies, Dragons’ Den Winner

As Emcee and introductory speaker, Ms Tan Comeau will share her insights and experience working with autistic children and the autistic community at large.

Easy Daysies was created off the kitchen table by parent demand to help make days easier for busy families – that is how it got its name, Easy Daysies®! As a school teacher, I had many parents over the years ask me to create a visual routine similar to what I made for the front of my classroom to help their kids at home with morning routines and after-school routines. One day I realized that if I have been making these visual routines for years and for free, there must be a market for such a product. I did the research and discovered that there was nothing out there like it and decided to make it into a product. So I did extra tutoring and sold crafts that I made to save up for the first $1400 I needed to make my first batch of product. I launched my first product two days after my third child was born (crazy but true!). I started making and selling them off our kitchen table, working there until 3AM most nights. Easy Daysies continues to kindly receive countless testimonials and awards. These testimonials keep me going when I am overwhelmed, knowing that we are helping thousands of families to improve their daily lives! As a “mompreneur”, I hope that I am showing my children to reach for the stars, never give up, and to be kind always.


Official Spokespersons:

Janet Rollings Walmsley  ~ Jenny Story ~ Curran Dobbs ~ Cinthia Torres

Official ANCA World Ambassadors:

Curran Dobbs ~ Kim McGill ~ April Dawn Griffin


This event is sponsored by ANCA Foundation, a Naturally Autistic ANCA project – co-partnered with ROMPOST TV, Sonia Productions Inc., FarawayLand photography, Cinthia Torres make-up artistry & design, Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville & the Gregory-Collura Family

ANCA Foundation – P.O. Box, 1658 Gibsons, B.C., V0N 1V0, Canada


Founders: Leonora Gregory-Collura, Charlie Collura

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