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IN MEMORY OF CAROL SHUM



Our Former Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor

Carol Shum peacefully departed in the presence of her loved ones at home on February 1st, 2024 after a courageous and prolonged battle with breast cancer.

Carol was the heart and soul of ABA Academy. Since joining the company in 2017, she worked tirelessly to develop the clinical and training processes that enabled our organization to provide top-tier ABA therapy services. Carol had an unwavering commitment to improving the lives and families of children with developmental exceptionalities. While her absence is keenly felt, her spirit endures in the vision, mission, and values of ABA Academy.

Carol held a Master of Applied Disability Studies degree from Brock University and was a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® since 2015. She began her career working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2003, acquiring extensive experience in behavioural and developmental assessments, treatment development, and supervision in various settings with clients of different ages and needs.

Her work included provincially funded programs for children and teenagers with developmental diagnoses, consultation with school professionals, and the provision of clinical oversight of comprehensive and focused ABA services for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

In 2019, Carol was approved as a Clinician-in-Charge, responsible for providing clinical oversight to the programming for clients under the Direct Funding Option of the provincially funded Autism Intervention Program. She continued to supervise programming for children and youth under the Ontario Autism Program until her passing in 2024.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Carol was an enthusiastic instructor, performer, and volunteer in the Toronto Salsa and Bachata dancing community. As an instructor, she shared the joy of dance and inspired others; as a performer, she constantly challenged herself to improve, and as a volunteer at Salsa congress events, she took pride in giving back to the dance community.  Above all, she cherished the opportunity to help others, particularly children with special needs. 

Memorial Candle

To honour Carol's dedication to supporting children, those who wish to pay tribute are invited to consider contributing to the George Hull Centre for Children and Families. For details on making a donation, click here and follow these steps:

  • Check “I would like to dedicate this donation

  • Type of Tribute: “In Memory of

  • Name of Honouree: “Carol Shum

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