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Els for Autism Canada


Join Els for Autism in celebrating Autism Awareness Month during April! Thanks to some amazing sponsors and partners, we have a variety of fundraisers and events taking place throughout the month.

There are so many ways you can get involved and show your support:


  • Make an online donation
  • Make an online donation, or better yet, sign up for a recurring donation and make every month Autism Awareness Month!
  • Change your Facebook profile picture to The Els For Autism Frame
  • Changing your profile picture frame is a quick, but powerful way to show your support for individuals with autism. Follow instructions here and search for “Els For Autism Canada.”
  • Create a Facebook Fundraiser to support Els for Autism Canada
  • Just a couple of clicks and you can start raising money to support individuals with autism! Don’t forget to share your story and let your friends know why you support Els for Autism Canada. Instructions are here.



Host an Affiliate event -  throw a wine tasting party or create a running club, your donations will positively support Els for Autism Canada's mission to better understand the aspirations of people with ASD and help them to fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. CHECK OUT THE AFFILIATE EVENTS tab on our website


August 10, 2017 - Vancouver


As we approach the 2017 edition of the Els for Autism Vancouver Golf Challenge we have made great progress even with the changes we have made to the event. We have changed the date from spring to late summer, have moved it to an exciting new venue at the Vancouver Golf Club and have a new team leading the charge with myself and Gary Ley as Co-Chairs of the event. What has not changed is the support children and family touched by Autism require. All funds raised support local Autism organizations in BC.


THANK YOU for your tremendous support to date! The registrations for golf and dinner have been steadily pouring in as are the donations to the foundation. We are looking forward to another successful event and we look to those who have not had the opportunity to get involved yet.


A quick email today to remind you of the event day details.

Monday, September 11

Vancouver Golf Club: 711 Austin Ave, Coquitlam BC



12:00 pm Registration Opens, Lunch Buffet and Silent Auction

1:15 pm Golfers are asked to be at their designated carts.

1:30pm Shotgun start (Tournament Rules and scoring details attached)

6:00 pm Cocktails, Silent Auction

7:00 pm Dinner, Awards/Prizes and Live Auction


For our non-golf tournament participants

11:00AM #GameON clinic

6:00pm Cocktails and dinner for our dinner-only guests.

In addition to our exciting line-up of live and silent auction items we are also featuring a $50 SUPER TICKET which provides you access to the following:


  • Outdrive the Golf Pro– Can you outdrive her?
  • Sink the 40’ Put Contest – How good is your read
  • Hit the Green with Golf Museum Clubs -  The ones your great grandpa used
  • Beat the Super Bowl Champ – Get Closer to the pin than Mitch Berger!
  • Door Prizes – numerous prizes, with value in the $1000s of dollars!


And, thanks to our National Hole-in-One Sponsor (Special Risk Insurance Managers), we will also be featuring a$50,000 prize on two par 3s! Thanks as well to Global BC TV for participating as our Media Sponsor and being an emcee for the event.

On behalf of Ernie and Liezl Els and our team at Els for Autism Canada, we thank you for your passion, commitment and support. An important reminder that all funds raised in Canada, stay in Canada, and in the region in which they were raised.


Here is one final message from Ernie


You can register by the link below and we look forward to seeing you on the course!



June 13, 2017



March 7, 2016


Rickie Fowler make $1 million hole-in-one for Ernie Els' charity


At a pro-am for Ernie Els' charity on Monday, Rickie Fowler made the shot of the year.


The event, held at Old Palm Club in Florida, gave players the opportunity to ace the 19th hole to win $1 million for the Els for Autism foundation.


Fowler cashed in, making a hole-in-one from 113 yards out.


MAY 13, 2015


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (May 12, 2015) – CBS, in partnership with the PGA of America, will broadcast an hour-long network special, “PGA REACH: Impacting Lives Through Golf.” The program details how PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA, has made a difference for people across the country. The documentary-style program will air on Sat., May 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET. The show will follow several individuals, who under the guidance of PGA Professionals have been welcomed into the game through PGA REACH programming.  (Download the PDF announcement here.)


MAY 7, 2015




We are proud to be a part of the Autism Okanagan story.  With a grant from Els for Autism Canada in 2014, Autism Okanagan was able to get up and running.


For more on this wonderful organization and to reach their story, click on the link below:


We are thankful to Els for Autism Canada for an initial grant to help AOK get



MAY 5, 2015





Golf clinic specifically tailored for individuals on the autism spectrum to be hosted at

Morgan Creek Golf Course, Surrey, B.C., alongside the 2015 Els for Autism Golf Challenge tournament.


Vancouver, BC. (May 5th, 2015) – Els for Autism Canada will be hosting their first Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Clinic on May 11 th at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, B.C. The one-day clinic is being hosted alongside the Els for Autism Golf Challenge tournament taking place on the same day at Morgan Creek and is the first of five clinics that will be held in Canada this year as part of the Els for Autism Golf Challenge; an annual, international, charity-driven, amateur golf tournament series that takes place between May-September at over 20 of North America’s finest golf courses and which culminates in a series finale in Palm Beach, Florida in November.


Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Clinics are aimed at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction, and promoting healthy living through golf. The clinics were developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA Reach and The First Tee, and with support from The Honda Classic, Adams Golf and Southwest Airlines. These FREE, one hour clinics look to introduce participants to the game of golf and are designed to help build  self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment; encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts.


#GameON Autism Golf Clinics were first trialed in 2013 in the U.S. alongside the Els for Autism Golf Challenge series. Clinics have also been held in South Africa and alongside select PGA TOUR tournaments and special events. The clinic on May 11th is the first of these clinics to be held in Canada. The clinic being hosted at Morgan Creek Golf Course will be led by Els For Autism’s #GameON Autism Golf Instructor, Jen Hong, with support from golf instructors from the course and will be attended by 16 participants from Canucks Autism Network (CAN). SNAG Golf Canada is kindly donating golf equipment for the clinic.


In addition to the clinic being hosted at Morgan Creek on May 11th, #GameON Autism Golf Clinics will also be hosted alongside the following Golf Challenge tournaments:


Royal Montreal Golf Club, Ile Bizard, QC 5/25/15


Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Toronto, ON 7/27/15


Glencoe Golf & Country Club, Calgary, AB 8/31/15


Edmonton Country Club, Edmonton, AB 9/14/15


“I have seen first-hand the incredibly positive affect that these clinics can have on those impacted by autism and so I am delighted that thanks to support from our #GameON partners in Canada, this year we are able to ensure kids and young adults on the autism spectrum in five different Canadian cities can experience these clinics and gain an introduction to golf. In the meantime, we are working hard on plans to develop #GameON Autism Golf into a comprehensive program so that more individuals with autism can have access to golf worldwide.” Said Els for Autism Founder, Ernie Els.


Since its inaugural 2011 series, the Els for Autism Golf Challenge has grown year on year and has raised a total of over $9 million for autism thanks to over 7,500 rounds of golf and over 17,500 donors pledging funds. The series has also helped raise awareness of a disorder that now affects a staggering 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys. Proceeds from the Canadian Golf Challenge events are donated to a variety of autism-focused, non-profit organizations in the territory or province in which they are raised.


We like to thank our Organizer Sponsors






and our National Sponsors

Contact Els for Autism Canada



Phone: 403-836-0692

Els for Autism is a game-changing resource, delivering and facilitating programs that are leading examples of what can be available to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).