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Truro chapter of Autism NS moves into new space

Leah Poirier, autism support coordinator with the Truro chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, is now operating out of the chapter’s new office space in the Colchester-East Hants Hospice building. This is the first time the chapter has had a physical location.
Leah Poirier, autism support coordinator with the Truro chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, is now operating out of the chapter’s new office space in the Colchester-East Hants Hospice building. This is the first time the chapter has had a physical location. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Leah Poirier is thrilled with her new office space.

The autism support coordinator with the Truro chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is now working out of the organization’s resource centre in the Colchester-East Hants Hospice building at 89 Queen Street.

“This is fantastic,” she said. “It’s the right fit, location and feel.

“The hospice society and Autism NS both provide care and support, and both are impacted by stigma to some degree. The place has a homey feel and won’t be too overwhelming for people who come in.

“Having this space will allow us to extend our reach and help more individuals and families.”

With a 14-year-old son on the autism spectrum, Poirier understands how challenging it can be to find the supports and services needed.

“I’ve been on a journey as a parent and I know how it feels to not know what’s available,” she said. “A needs assessment in the fall helped us determine what programming and events people are most interested in and where the priorities and gaps are.”

The Truro chapter of Autism NS moved into its office on April 1 and has already begun running a program, for those at least 19 years of age, on healthy relationships. A swim program runs out of the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre.

The group hopes to host information sessions and organize a social group.

Poirier is employed through Autism NS for 20 hours per week and will be joined by a student for the summer months.

Fundraising events will be held to assist with operational costs.

Poirier invites people to drop in during the centre’s grand opening on May 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There are no set office hours at this time, but anyone wishing to contact Poirier can email truro@autismns.ca

Walk the Walk for Autism in Truro

Date: June 22

Time: Registration and pre-walk activities begin at 10 a.m. with walkers heading out at 11 a.m.

Place: Leaving from, and finishing at, Victoria Park.

Registration: Online registration is now open online at http://walkthewalkforautism.ca/truro

Coordinator: Mallory Fowler - malloryfowler333@gmail.com – 902-956-8150

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