About Autism In Mind

The Purpose Behind Our Therapy, School, and Charity Services.

Our Vision:

Foster an inclusive society with no barriers for children with autism.

From helping just one child receive the care and support they needed, Autism In Mind (AIM) has grown into a community of therapists, teachers, and others who lead with compassion.

Through this journey, we’ve found that small acts of kindness spread and gather to create an unbelievable difference in the lives of families with exceptionalities.

Our Mission:

By challenging social stigmas that surround autism, raising awareness and acceptance in communities, and helping families access critical services, together, we can create an inclusive society without barriers for children with autism.

At AIM, We Believe:

Every child deserves the chance to learn, connect, dream, grow, and shine.

Community is a driving force in creating awareness, acceptance, and change.

Meeting families’ needs means understanding where they are now before guiding them forward

Little things are never really little so we should celebrate every milestone.

AIM’s founding story

It started with just one child.

Autism In Mind Children’s Charity (AIM) was founded in 2011 by Suki Choi who wanted to give children with autism an equal opportunity in life.

It started with just one child. When Suki first started her daycare business in Markham, she was approached by a family whose son had been on the government waitlist for autism therapy for 4 years.

Moved by their situation, Suki organized a fundraiser. The response from the community and the daycare parents was so generous, Suki knew they could do even more.

Suki and a team of volunteers began fundraising on behalf of other local families, to help their children access professional therapy. They also began organizing free Social Saturdays for children with autism.

The momentum of these small acts of kindness gathered. Within just a few years, AIM became a Canadian registered charity and one of GTA’s leading service providers for children with autism.

AIM’s Family-Friendly Facility

AIM’s therapy centre is carefully designed to be child and family-friendly, like a home away from home for children.

With group activity rooms, social skills rooms, private therapy rooms, a sensory integrated room, and a school readiness room, AIM has the space to address every child’s individual needs in an appropriate, safe, and fun environment.

Our facility features:
Circle Time Area For Aim School Readiness Program

Meet AIM’s Team of Therapists and Instructors

Executives

William Chu

CEO

Suki Choi

Director

Admin

Jennifer

Program Manager

Sola

Program Administrator

Clinic Team

Vicente, MADS, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Rayah, Behaviour Analyst, M.ADS, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Angela

Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Oscar

Senior Therapist

Oxana, BCBA

Senior Therapist

aim team page photo setup

Bim

Senior Therapist

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Michelle

Senior Therapist Assistant

Sarmad

Lead Therapist

School Team

Emilia, BCBA

Special Education Supervisor

Sissi

Kindergarten Teacher

Sashoy

GRADE 1-3 TEACHER

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Regan

GRADE 4-6 TEACHER

Jaihan

GRADE 4-6 TEACHER

Roya

Educational Assistant

Meet AIM’s Board Members

Josh Godly

Chairman

Mark Fernandez

Secretary

Ankit Bhandari

Treasurer

Athena Nitsololis

Board Director

Conrad Fernandes

Board Director

Our Goals Ahead: Building a Life-Changing Community

2 years

Open an Inclusive Daycare

2-4 years

Open a High School/ Vocational School

5+ years

Open a Group Home

10 years

Build a Community Hub

Curious how you can support AIM’s mission and build an inclusive world for families?

Josh Godly is currently a director in the supply chain group at Tim Hortons. He joined Tim Hortons in 2018, and has been responsible to lead a $100mm project involving the construction and starting up of 3 distribution centers across Canada. Currently, Josh leads the Distribution Excellence group, which is in charge of project delivery, performance analytics, logistics and fleet management for Tim Hortons.

Josh has been a member of the board of directors for AIM since 2016. His interest for the organization lies in seeing the growing impact AIM has on all the families it serves. He is motivated by the difference AIM makes within the community and excited to be a part of its story.

Josh has an M.B.A from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a B.B.A from Schulich School of Business, York University.

Mark Fernandez is a CPA / CA with over 8 years of experience in public practice accounting firms. His professional experience includes working with Canadian ASPE, IFRS, ASNPO and US GAAP companies in a variety of industries as well as Canadian corporate taxation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is passionate about helping others whenever possible and giving back to the community. Mark has been with AIM for 5 years and is proud of the organization’s growth and community impact. In his spare time, Mark plays the bass in a band and enjoys tinkering with electronics and home improvement projects.

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Athena Nitsotolis obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at York University, along with a Professional Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice. She began her career working with the Provincial Government in the criminal justice system and corrections, with Youth and Adults on Probation and with the Community Service Order Program. In 2008, she began working with the Federal Government, and currently working there, as part of the Case Management Team for individuals currently on Parole in the community. Athena has been on the AIM Board since 2016 advocating for children with Autism and their families.

Conrad Fernandes is an Associate Director within Wholesale Credit Risk at the Royal Bank of Canada. His professional experience in credit adjudication as a risk manager covering financial institutions, governments and public sector entities; and 18+ years at the bank have been supportive in assisting the charity address strategic initiatives. This includes working collectively with other members and management to grow the charity to reach more children, expand on educational programs, review financials, implementing new policies and providing governance over the organization.

In addition, Conrad continues to be extensively involved in the community as a Brand Ambassador at Schulich School of Business, York University for students and alumni, an active member of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) as a mentor, and as an educator for financial literacy with Junior Achievement Canada. Conrad was also recognized by RBC in 2018 for his contributions to the community and was 1 of 50 employees awarded the Global Citizen Award. The recipients participated in sustainable community development projects in Kenya, Africa focused in the areas of education, healthcare, water, food (agriculture) and opportunity.

Conrad has graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and completed his MBA at Schulich School of Business, York University. He has been an active AIM board member since January 2017.