Christmas comes early

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Autism Nova Scotia — Pictou County Chapter received an early Christmas gift from GFL Environmental Inc.

The multi-national waste services company just gave $5,000 to the local not-for-profit.

Annette Drapeau Reynolds, account manager with GFL, applied for the funding on behalf of the local autism group through her company’s The Fill Circle Project. “Full Circle means the company wants to pay it forward and give back,” she explains.

The company asked each GLF branch in Canada and the United States to consider a non-profit that the company and its employees could help.

“I have a granddaughter who is five years old and non-verbal, and I just became a member of the Pictou County chapter Autism Nova Scotia,” Drapeau Reynolds explained.

So she spoke with Willa Kray, local autism support co-ordinator, who explained the negative ways in which COVID-19 hurt the local chapter financially with no fundraising able to take place. Armed with all of that information, Drapeau Reynolds made application for funding from The Fill Circle Project. And she was successful in her efforts.

“It’s really the generosity of GFL Environmental that made this possible,” Drapeau Reynolds praised.

Kray is elated with the gift. There are approximately 160 families who are involved with the Autism Pictou County chapter who enjoy the group’s swimming, music and and art therapy programs and more.

“This will help us continue our programming,” she beamed.

Kray says anyone in need of information or support can contact pictoucounty@autismns.ca.


GFL Environmental Inc. has just given $5,000 to Autism Nova Scotia — Pictou County Chapter through the company’s Full Circle Project. From the left, front row: Annette Drapeau Reynolds, left, and Lloyd Kenny, both with GFL Environmental Inc., making the presentation to Willa Kray, Autism Nova Scotia — Pictou County Chapter. In the back are Trevor Kearley and Adam Casey, board members of the local non-profit. (Jardine photo)