Editorial Team

The CJAE Editorial Board is composed of 8 Autistic individuals and one neurotypical Managing Director passionate about equity, specifically equity as it relates to the autism community. Below you will find a short introduction to each of CJAE’s Managing Director and Editorial Board members. 

Daljit Gill-Badesha EdD Candidate: Managing Director of CJAE

Daljit Gill-Badesha, EdD Candidate in the Faculty of Education (UBC) is a seasoned advocate and experienced leader in the non-profit and government sectors, providing leadership locally and provincially. Her expertise spans across different age groups and issue areas with focus on policy initiatives, strategic frameworks, and multi-lingual translation tools that have helped to scale programs and policy across the Province and beyond.  These cross-cutting frameworks and systemic strategies have led to game-changing advances for her organizations. She is a well-rounded expert on children’s and youth development, with clinical counselling programs supporting newcomers, outreach to diverse and marginalized communities and populations.    

As co-chair of the Surrey Community Child Care Task Force, she co-produced and published Surrey’s Report, a pivotal research and policy brief to BC’s Minister of State for Child Care, setting the stage for community collaborative efforts that will contribute to the development of a provincial universal childcare system.  Daljit provides leadership on many government advisories and community committees on childcare, nursing, children’s development, healthy communities, and inclusion. Her passion for multi-organization collaboration and stakeholder engagement has led pursuit to doctoral education in this area. Currently, she is the Vice President for Community Health and Childcare Partnerships with The Centre for Child Development in British Columbia.

As a past policy fellow of CASDA, Daljit co-led the working group that developed policies on governance to support the federal government to develop a National Autism Strategy.  She continues to support leadership and advocacy as the Managing Director for the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity. 

Cameron Winter: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Cameron Winter was born in 1991 and diagnosed Autistic in the first grade. He attended Trent University for his undergraduate degree, then the University of Guelph for his master’s degree. He is currently obtaining his PhD in history from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Gerald Beaulieu: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Gerald Beaulieu originally comes from Welland, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1987. In 1988 he moved to Prince Edward Island, where he now lives and works as an artist. He has received numerous Canada Council for the Arts and Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts awards and a number of national awards. He has had over 80 solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He discovered he was Autistic at age fifty-five a few years ago. His interests include travel, social justice and chemistry. He has a collection of most of the chemical elements on the periodic table.

Dr. Joseph Sheppard: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Joseph was Co-Director of the Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education (CARTE) and was Chair of UVic’s Society for Students with a Disability. He founded, and is senior editor, of Autism’s Own journal and conference, and is editor of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity. He founded Authors with Autism, a university peer-support network enabling students on the spectrum to author their own lives through the power of creative writing, presently with over 1600 members. His graduate research focuses on modeling global cognition for psychoeducational interventions to reduce psychological distress. Joseph is also an electronic soundscape artist, writer, and structural designer. 

Terri Robson: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Terri has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary - Music Major & English Minor). She also has a 2-year Music Business Diploma. She is a Certified Journeyman Partsperson. She has also completed many courses towards a professional accounting designation. Terri is the founder and owner of Awkward Spirit: Looking Beyond the Mask. She is an international speaker on Asperger Syndrome and growing up without a diagnosis. She is the founder of the Adult Asperger Support Group in Red Deer, Alberta, and has mentored several young people with Asperger’s. She has worked at a variety of jobs throughout her life. Terri received the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Award of Excellence for Public Awareness in Alberta in 2016. She has been a volunteer with Lions Clubs International for many years and received a number of awards.

Dr. Mackenzie Salt: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Dr. Mackenzie Salt was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 13 years old. Since then he has tried to help the ASD community both in his professional life and his personal life. He sat on the leadership council of a local chapter of Autism Ontario for almost two years while a graduate student and he more recently served on Autism Canada’s ASD Advisory Committee for three years. Dr. Salt completed his PhD in Cognitive Science of Language in 2019, studying the communication abilities of Autistic adults and developing a new method of studying language abilities in ASD by examining interactions between autistic adults. Dr. Salt is currently a member of the McMaster University Autism Research Team (MacART) and has worked with a number of community and non-profit organizations conducting research and service evaluation for the benefit of Autistic adults as well as the broader Canadian autism community.

Maddy Dever: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Maddy (Matthew) Dever (they/them) is an Autistic adult and parent of five children with four also on the autism spectrum, living in Carleton Place in rural Eastern Ontario. Maddy advocates with both provincial and federal governments for inclusion and acceptance of Autistic individuals and for Autistic people to have their own voice in policy decisions. They are a former member of the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Advisory Panel, and current member of the OAP Implementation Working Group. Maddy is a board member of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services, and is active in advocating for increased disability supports to above poverty levels, affordable and accessible housing in rural communities, as well as for adequate funding for LTC and home care. Maddy has also led workshops and panels on topics surrounding autism and education, focussing on bringing a strengths based approach to the language we use regarding disabilities. They spoke in 2020 at Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, and Holland Bloorview Summit and are now part of the ECHO Autism Ontario Expert Hub Team. Maddy will soon be joining CASDA’s Board of Directors.

Rebekah Kintzinger: CJAE Editorial Board Member 

Rebekah, diagnosed Autistic in 2012, is a prominent Autistic self-advocate from Kelowna, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Since her diagnosis, her advocacy has included writing extensively about autism in the context of health and policy, which has led her to be featured in a multitude of mediums including magazines, news articles, webinars, the radio, and has been quoted at the Senate of Canada. In addition to presenting her work at conferences, Rebekah is also a Director at the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA), where she has published documents on language and autism. Most recently, she spoke at the United Nations Conference Side Event on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and is a founding member of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity where she continues her advocacy in championing the voicesof Autistic Canadians.

Ryan Collis Ph.D Student: CJAE Editorial Board Member

Ryan Collis is a first year PhD student in the Faculty of Education at York University focusing on the creation of learning spaces for autistic students. He holds degrees in English (BA, Queen’s ‘99), Computer Science (BScH, Queen’s ‘00), Education (BEd, OISE ‘05), and Science and Technology Studies (BScH, York ’19; MA, York ‘20). Ryan has been a high school teacher in the York Region District School Board since 2006 and is Second Vice President of the 108-year-old Linitzer Benefit Society. Ryan lives with his wife and son in Ajax, Ontario. 

 

To get in contact with the editorial board, please email CJAE.board@gmail.com.