Penny Gill, President
Since the mid-1980’s, Penny has devoted her life to working with her son, who is on the autism spectrum, and with several committees and organizations dedicated to serving those with special needs. She has presented at many workshops, legislative hearings and conferences, including as key-note speaker. Penny has published articles on autism and nutrition, and on educating those with ASD.
In the 1990’s Penny was President of the Hamilton Chapter of Autism Ontario, when it was considered one of the most active chapters in that organization’s history. Penny served as parent representative on the Autism Team, led by Dr. Peter Szatmari and Dr. Bill Mahoney, at Hamilton Health Sciences.
In a needs survey concerning adults on the spectrum of autism in Hamilton, most parents said they wished to keep their adult offspring with ASD at home for as long as possible, but wanted support doing so. To address this, Penny incorporated the Autism Family Alliance, which has provided educational services and resources to adults and adolescents with autism since 2001. Its flagship program is the cooking school. Penny oversees the charity’s day-to-day operations on a strictly volunteer basis.
Penny holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. She graduated with an Honours B.A. from McGill University, as the Prince of Wales Gold Medallist.