In recognition of The Honourable Jim Munson, member of the Senate of Canada’s longstanding commitment towards a more inclusive Canada for Autistic individuals and their loved ones, CASDA is proud to introduce the Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award. 

For the past 14 years, The Honourable Jim Munson has been steadfast in his commitment to advocacy on behalf of Autistic people, their loved ones, and their communities. Senator Munson notably presented the 2007 Senate Report: “Pay Now or Pay Later,” catalyzing community leaders to band together to form CASDA. Since 2007, CASDA leaders and Senator Munson have persistently worked with the community on the call for a National Autism Strategy. In 2012, Senator Munson’s commitment to advocacy led to the passing of the World Autism Awareness Day Act. Through Senator Munson’s guidance, dedication, and collaboration with Autistic individuals, autism advocates, and families, in 2019, his dream of a National Autism Strategy came to fruition and is currently in progress. 

The first recipient of the Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award will be recognized at the annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, this coming October. 

Please find the full announcement by Senator Jane Cordy, as part of the Tributes to Senator Munson:

You can find the written copy of Senator Jane Cordy’s Tribute to Senator Munson here.