On June 22, Island Park in Portage la Prairie was alive with community spirit for the province’s first-ever Walk for Autism. Organized by Tara-Marie Hall and Rebecca Harms, the event aimed to raise awareness and support for autism.   

The ambassador for the event, and Tara-Marie's son, Austin Hunter, shared his experience. 

“I feel great, because the event was so much fun. I really liked bowling, juggling and face painting. Everyone was so nice to me, I got to meet a lot of nice people and I made a lot of new friends just by being myself. Thank you to everyone.” 

Austin’s younger brother Jace added. 

“Thank you to everyone. Thank you for coming out to the Autism Walk. Thank you for supporting my brother and anyone else who has autism.” 

The day featured a short walk on the bridge over Crescent Lake, all to raise awareness for autism. Hall expressed deep gratitude to those who helped.  

“I just wanted to thank all my volunteers, my family and my friends for all their support. Most of all, thank you to the community of Portage la Prairie and surrounding areas for making this event such a huge success. We couldn't have done it without you and your generosity. This walk meant so much to my family and I truly hope everyone got to feel like being themselves was their own superpower. Thank you again.” 

Hall added that there have already been requests to make this an annual community event.   


(Photo Credits: Bev Hulley)