About Aspies Inc.
Founder, Aspies Inc.
This site is about more than just raising awareness of Aspergers Syndrome. It’s about lighting up hearts and minds around the world. It is about giving those with Aspergers hope, and the courage to tell their stories.
Welcome to Aspies Inc. We are an advocacy business based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I created this business after seeing the huge gap that exists between those with Aspergers Syndrome and those who do not. With the help of family and friends, we were incorporated in November 2015.
I have Aspergers Syndrome and am well placed to talk about the challenges and gifts of living with this disorder. At Aspies Inc. our presentations are geared to meet the needs of our clients and can be tailored to look at specific topics related to Aspergers.
Our presentations cover a wide range of topics such as bullying, intolerance, the workplace and are always expanding. Feel free to browse our site, check out our resource section and check back frequently for updates!
Meet the Board
With three misdiagnoses and two year being institutionalized in the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre. Kimberley Dudek is well placed to understand the challenges of living with Aspergers. Diagnosed correctly in 1999, Kim has faced almost insurmountable odds at times throughout her life.
Educated at Shaftesbury High School (Class of 2000), Kim endured consistent bullying, hazing and teasing throughout her High School career. Upon graduation from Shaftesbury, Kim was accepted to the University of Winnipeg. Kim’s seven and a half year University career contained quite a few special moments including:
- Disability Liaison for the University of Winnipeg Student Association
- Co-Chair of the inaugural Disability Resource Centre Student Advisory Group
- Guest Lecturer(Spring 2009) Symbolic Anthropology class
- Straight A student in 2 classes (Symbolic Anthropology and Material History of Canadian Aboriginal People)
Upon graduation from the University (Class of 2008, BA, Anthropology and History) Kim was subsequently asked back the following year to guest lecture in Doctor George Fulford’s Symbolic Anthropology class, which she had been a straight A student in.
Dr. Janine Montgomery
Dr. Montgomery has a specalized expertise in Social Cognition, Autism spectrum disorders (including Aspergers Syndrome), learning disabilities (including nonverbal learning disabilities), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, knowledge translation, inter-professional practice, school psychology: assessment and intervention, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness intervention for youth. Her current research interests examines social cognition (social thinking) in various groups of children, youth, and adults. Her broader research interests are aimed towards gathering information about individuals with social-cognitive deficits in order to 1) better understand individual characteristics and needs and 2) design appropriate strength-based interventions and 3) work to influence practice and policy. Her program of research includes research on autism across the lifespan, examinations of best practices for assessment and intervention, measurement issues pertaining to diagnosis and treatment, diagnostic issues, inter-professional collaboration, prevention of co-morbid disorders, resiliency, and novel intervention programs for social cognition problems.
In addition to the above, Dr. Montgomery’s community work includes work with school, advocacy and service organization, and families with Autism spectrum conditions. She partners with agencies to deliver research based information in consumer friendly forms, provides consultation, and supports programming for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions.
Jason Dudek has an MSc from the London School of Economics where he studied agricultural development in Sierra Leone. He has spent the last 10 years travelling to and working in West Africa, where he helped found a new and innovative organization dedicated to community-based, sustainable and locally sensitive development. Jason also has business experience in Canada, the UK and Iraq, co-founding the firm employed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to conduct Iraq’s Official Investment Map. He previously chaired one of Canada’s most innovative Foundations, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, and currently leads the company he co-founded in Sierra Leone, an innovative agri-business which works to help smallholder farmers grow.
Marcel Peloquin is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. He has won numerous awards including the Dalhousie Neurosciences Clinical Citizenship award and provides cognitive and dynamic therapy to adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health and forensic needs. He is passionate about student advocacy and teaching, and has provided consultations and workshops to university faculties and students to improve mental health outreach.