Peter Raptis | Welcome to My Personal Page
Thank you for visiting my personal page for the 2019 Goodlife Fitness Pacific Autism Family Network Stars, THE PAFN STARS.
As a founding member of the Stars form its inception in 2007 I am proud to be part of a great team of friends playing an amazing game for an incredible cause. I have lived a very fortunate life to be surrounded by amazing teammates who have become some of my best friends. Hockey has given me so much and I am proud to be able to give back. As we have all aged the game now seems to move a little faster…many of us now have changed roles from playing on the ice to watching our kids embark on their journey. The reality is for some this is not so simple.
As many of you visiting this page will know my son Mikael was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. This type of news is not one that is processed simply. It rips you apart and in an instant, changes everything. The assumption that I had taken for granted, my boys would play Hockey, and any other sports they wanted didn’t seem so obvious any longer. The game that gave me some of my closest connections may have been out of reach for my son and many young boys and girls on the Autism Spectrum. But with the help of organizations like CAN, the PAFN hockey has become an option! If the skills he learns on the ice can help Mikael build meaningful relationships off the ice then I will be happy that Hockey has done its job for him.
Having played in charity events in the past this year the Stars are proud to be participating the 2019 Can Pro-AM in support of Canucks Autism Network (CAN).
Founded in 2008, CAN provides year-round sports and recreation programs for individuals and families living with autism, while raising awareness and providing training across BC.By participating in the CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, we will be fundraising for thousands of children, youth, young adult and families to benefit from CAN programs.
Our sponsor this year and the team we are paying for is the Goodlife Pacific Autism Family Network in Richmond. The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) is a centre of excellence and network of supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province. The PAFN’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre: Bringing together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD and related disorders. The PAFN will build upon existing lifespan services while at the same time addressing the need for support and services across the province.
Autism now impacts 1 in 66 children and 1 in 42 boys across Canada. Let’s make a difference in the lives of individuals and families living with autism across BC! Thank you for visiting our page and taking the time to support our team. Every little bit makes a difference!
For more information about the CAN Pro-Am, please go to www.canproam.ca.