Angling4Autism (A4A) was established in July 2021, born of an idea by its founder John Carinha. John has a son on the autism spectrum and has long been a supporter and voice in the community working with various autism organizations.
A father of three, his middle child, Brandon, has autism and together they've found connection through the outdoors, namely all things boats and fishing. In 2016, Brandon was selected as the Silver Wheaton Champion Child. As an ambassador family with Canucks Autism Network, Brandon and his dad took part in the Fishing for Kids Tournament that summer, held annually at the West Coast Fishing Lodge in Haida Gwaii. The experience was profound and through the many moments and opportunities, Carinha came back inspired to create something similar, on a smaller scale, that would benefit several families.
In collaboration with community partners, A4A provides families of individuals with autism the unique opportunity to experience fishing on the west coast of British Columbia.