Board of Directors

Quickstart early intervention for autism


Suzanne Jacobson/Founder

 Suzanne Jacobson

Suzanne is the grandmother of two young boys, Alexander and Nathan, both of whom have been diagnosed with autism.

Autism entered Suzanne’s world 15 years ago when her eldest grandson was flagged and eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She discovered a complex and difficult system to navigate, long wait-times for help and the significant difference early intervention makes.
This led to Suzanne founding the charity QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism which led to the creation of the QuickStart Early Intervention Program, helping children get help right away at the first signs of autism. This program was adopted by the government of Nova Scotia and offered as part of the Nova Scotia Autism Program.
She developed the Ottawa Roadmap for Autism to help guide parents/caregivers through the system step by step. Suzanne has supported hundreds of parents through sharing her knowledge and lived experience of actively supporting her grandsons, whom she adores.
Suzanne has been recognized for her work by CHEO, Andrew Fleck, and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. She received The Senate of Canada medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Her background includes attending the University of Ottawa and working for the federal government.
Suzanne's husband served in the Canadian military for 29 years and they have 3 daughters. 

Suzanne's Story

QuickStart Timeline

Yolanda Korneluk, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Korneluk received a doctorate from the University of Ottawa specializing in child, adolescent and family psychology.  She is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and currently practices primarily in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders/developmental disability and adolescent mental health.

Jennifer Cruickshank - Director

Jennifer Cruickshank

Jennifer Cruickshank has worked with QuickStart in many capacities since our inception. These roles included corporate secretary, volunteer coordinator and event planner.  Jennifer is an Executive in the public service in the field of human resources.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Honours, with course concentration in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.


Bertschi Orth Solicitors LLP

Legal advisor

adora Quah - Financial Officer

     Adora Quah

Adora Quah is a CPA candidate who will be fully certified upon completion of her work experience. She currently works in the private industry accounting for multiple start-up/young businesses, and she is using her extra time and strategic mindset to contribute to QuickStart's operations. She has previously served of the board of directors with Ausome Ottawa.

David (Jake) Jacobson

Vice President

Steve Dore - Golf Tournament Chair

Steve Dore

Steve Doré has been supporting the Annual Camelot QuickStart Charity Golf for Autism golf tournament since its inception in 2014 and now serves as the Tournament Chair since 2017.  Steve is a retired Royal Canadian Naval officer with 30 years of service and is also a former IBM Canada Business Development Executive on the Defence Account.  Steve has been working as an independent Business Development consultant since 2016 supporting MDA and most recently Seaspan. Steve and his wife, Julie, have two children Liz and Andy and a grandson Teddy and a yellow Labrador named Wrigley.

terry jamieson - Co-Secretary

Terry Jamieson

“Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Analytical Skills, Energy, Risk Management, Government, and Emergency Management.”

anna varriano - Co-Secretary

Ann Varriano

 Anna is a Natural Health Practitioner (NHP), a Registered Nutrition Therapist (RNT), a GAPS (Gut and Psychology/Physiology) Certified Practitioner, and the owner of Perfect Resonance Natural Health CounsellingFor over 15 years, Anna has helped individuals of all ages maintain and improve their health through in-person, phone, or video one-on-one consults, as well as group presentations/Lunch & Learn sessions. Holding both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Natural Health Practitioner diploma, Anna understands how the body works and the importance of a wholistic, customized approach to address the unique set of circumstances presented by each client. With knowledge and experience in several natural modalities, Anna is able to offer numerous avenues to maintain and promote health and well-being.

past Directors/Officers

A huge thank you to our past directors and officers that have been integral to the amazing accomplishments we have been able to achieve.

Raymond Bourret, Director

Nina Grimes, Financial Officer

Margo Korneluk, Legal Officer

Cindy Harrison




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