Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mike Lake

Autism Light #269 is Mike Lake

The Honorable Michael "Mike" Lake is an Autism Father, businessman, and has been a Member of Parliament in Canada since 2006. Mike Lake is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a father of a teenager named Jaden who has autism. Mike Lake is an Autism Light both for his dedication first as an autism father and for spreading autism awareness in his role as a political leader in Canada.

Mike Lake and his wife Debi have two children, a son Jaden, 17 and a daughter Jenae, 13.  The following is an interview Mike Lake had with Steve Paikin on The Agenda in 2012. Mike Lake's son Jaden is sitting beside him during the interview. 

Education: Mike Lake graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction). 

Sports Executive: Before Mike Lake entered Canadian federal politics, he worked for 10 years with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. He served as National Accounts Manager, Director of Ticket Sales and Group Sales Manager for the Edmonton Oilers. 

Autism Society of Edmonton:  Mike Lake is a Member of the Autism Society of Edmonton. In August, 2012, Mike Lake held his 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for the Autism Society of Edmonton.  The event raised $40,000 in 2012, which was $8,000 more than in 2011 (Source).

At his annual fundraiser in 2012, Mike Lake shared how important the Autism Society has been for his family and said, "We got the diagnosis from the Glenrose and the first place we turned was the Autism Society to try and find out what to do next and get advice and hear a little bit more about what was available out there and here from other families who were going through the same thing we were (Source)."

If you want to learn more about the work of the Autism Society of Edmonton visit their website at www.autismedmonton.org.

Member of Parliament: Mike Lake has been a Member of Parliament in Canada, serving in the House of Commons since 2006. Mike Lake was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the Parliamentary Secretary of Industry in 2008. The following is a statement that Mike Lake made on World Autism Awareness Day -2013 for the Parliament in Canada

Autism advocacy is a very important component of Mike Lake's work in Canada's House of Commons. Mike Lake told ABC News in September, 2012, "I didn't get elected to Parliament on the autism issue, but as time has gone by, it's one world. It has allowed me a platform to get out there and raise awareness (Source)."

Visit the Autism Work section of his Website to see extensive content and media work Mike Lake has done for Autism since his election to Parliament in 2006. This is a very helpful page for all those interested in Mike Lake's autism advocacy. 
Additional Information: You can read more about Mike Lake on the following Websites:
Social Media: You can follow Mike Lake on the following social media areas.
Special thanks to Mike Lake for being a dedicated father, a fundraiser, and an advocate for autism awareness. The autism community in Canada is fortunate to have Mike Lake in Parliament providing a voice to those who, because of the effects of autism, can not speak for themselves.  If you wish to read posts on other Autism Lights from Canada you can click on the Canada Label at Autism Light

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