Artist Statement

I am Marshall Abbott. I am a painter with experience in other mediums. My work is non-realistic, sometimes fantastical, often abstract or surreal. My goal in my work is to create art that is a window into another world. Worlds that are noticeably not real but created with enough detail that one can easily suspend their disbelief and believe it could be. 


Read more: Introducing Marshall Abbott: Artist

Andrew Joseph Roy:  August 22, 1989 March 5, 2018

On March 5, 2018 we lost a wonderful person. On that day, Andrew Roy passed away suddenly at 28.

It has been a very difficult month for everyone but last week, we came together to celebrate Andrew’s life. We talked about Andrew the collector, the gamer, the friend, the mediator, the talker and debater and of course - Andrew the Entertainer. Many members of the Social Club, friends from the Transition to Life course, parents and Andrew’s family members shared stories and memories of a wonderful person that left us far too soon. Thanks to everyone who joined us.

Here are a few highlights of the evening….

Read more: Celebrating Andrew: A Beautiful Soul is Never Forgotten

Andrew Joseph Roy:  August 22, 1989 March 5, 2018

Passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the 28. Loving son of Karen Roy (Dave Thomson) and Larry Roy. Loving brother to Tyler Roy (Stephanie ) and cherished uncle of Henry. Andrew’s cheerful and easy going nature will be sadly missed by all, including his grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and his Social Club friends. Andrew will always be remembered as a lovable and gentle giant. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME(445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Friday March 9, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 o’clock a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Memorial Donations to Autism Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded through


I am in the women's change room at the local pool, lost in thought. I'm thinking about a lot of things, but mostly that it's neat to be back, twelve years later, to where the gang took swimming lessons as children.

I think of Erik and how we struggled through level one swimming lessons three times. And I think of him now, 19, game to work out in the gym and then transition to the pool, do laps and head to the hot tub. It's all seamless now. It was painful and lurching back then.


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This article first appeared in Autism Matters in the Fall 2017 Issue.

Click the following link to view the article: Hedley article PDFv2.pdf


About the Author:

Teresa is a teacher, writer and autism advocate, but first and foremost, she is mother to Erik (18), a young man on the autism spectrum. For the past four years, Teresa and Erik have been writing a mother-son autism article series for Autism Ontario's Autism Matters magazine. The articles are written from both Teresa and Erik's perspectives and offer strategies for building resilience in those with autism and in those supporting autism. Erik and Teresa also create autism advocacy videos under the channel name, "AutismShoeViews". Teresa is working on a handful of autism curriculum projects, as well. Their current mother-son collaboration involves designing a tailor-made transition for Erik from high school co-op work experience to college student. Their working motto for 2017? "I can and I will!”