Geetha Moorthy awarded out of a record-breaking 9,000 nominations
Toronto, November 21, 2019 – SAAAC Autism Centre is honoured to announce that Geetha Moorthy, SAAAC Founder & Executive Director, has been named the recipient of the Social Change Award at the 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Presented by Women of Influence, and now in their 27th year, the prestigious awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy.
Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO and Head of Events and Programming, Women of Influence Inc., congratulated the winners for their incredible achievements, and for inspiring future generations of female entrepreneurs. “We are proud and honoured to recognize the incredible achievements of this year’s award recipients,” says Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO & Head of Events, Women of Influence. “As we embark on the start of a new decade in 2020, the success that has been achieved by this group of innovators and change-makers is a strong testament to the bright future of Canadian business.”
Geetha Moorthy was one of six recipients celebrated at this year’s awards gala on November 20th, following a record-breaking number of nominations from across the country. The Social Change Award is dedicated to a female entrepreneur that is awarding an exceptional leader of a registered charity, not-for-profit or for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to social change. Applicants have garnered extraordinary support from the community by being champions for philanthropy and volunteerism in Canada.
“What an inspirational evening filled with so many amazing women in one room,” says Geetha Moorthy. ” It’s such an honour to win the Social Change Award, thank you Women of Influence for providing a platform to celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs in Canada!”
Founded by Geetha Moorthy in 2008, the SAAAC Autism Centre was initially created as a direct response to the growing need for awareness, as well as support, for South Asian families impacted by ASD and related developmental disorders in the Greater Toronto Area
Beginning in the basement of Geetha’s home, the centre offered limited services ranging from one-on-one tutoring, periodical workshops for families, and dance classes. These initiatives were created and implemented by a handful of committed volunteers and dedicated families.
Since then, the SAAAC Autism Centre has rapidly grown to serve diverse communities, with a special focus on newcomers living with autism who experience a host of challenges in accessing autism care.
Led by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical supervisors, social workers, instructional therapists, artists, social workers, among others, the Centre provides a suite of services that serve critical milestones in an individual’s life – from diagnosis support as a child to employment and daily life skills training as an adult.
Through innovative programming, passionate leadership, and committed partners, the SAAAC Autism Centre is working hard everyday to fulfill its mission to make autism care equitable for all Canadians.
“Entrepreneurial trailblazers are defined by their relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence, and their perseverance and courage to challenge the status quo,” said Greg Grice, Executive Vice-President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “There are countless women entrepreneurs who have made their mark in Canadian business by exemplifying these qualities, and their journey serves as an inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Today, we’re proud to showcase and celebrate their stories and achievements as we recognize the winners of this year’s RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.”
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing women globally.
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