Meet Dr. Catherine Glorieux. She is a resident physician and a proud self-advocate of autism. Catherine brings a diverse background of professional and personal experiences to Autism Speaks Canada in hope of being an example of what being on the autism spectrum can be.
After achieving a Bachelor of Laws from Université de Montréal in 2005, she pursued her childhood passion and obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2014. During her early years of residency in Family Medicine some glitches in communication, planning, and managing unforeseen events were noted. Determined to tackle these issues, Catherine sought help and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 37 years old. This spurred her interest in better understanding this condition and neurosciences, as well as finding ways to put the strengths of autism to work and better navigate its challenges.
In 2019 she began her cross-Canada biking marathon in support of people with autism. Starting in Victoria, BC travelling eastward to Halifax, NS, her journey inspired people all across Canada. She raised money for Autism Speaks Canada to further research, awareness about autism.
“I biked across Canada with the hope of creating a more inclusive world for all of us. I’m just one person pedaling across Canada and trying to change things for every autistic person.”
Fun Facts about Dr. Glorieux’s Autism Awareness Bike Ride:
- Number of days biked: 101 days
- Break due to bad weather: 21 days
- Kilometers cycled: 6,725 km
- Meters climbed: 42,191 m
- Flat tires: 2 (one caused herself by pinching the tube while fixing the first flat)
- Highest altitude: 1643m (Kicking Horse Pass)
- Highest temperature: 42 degrees in Litton (Fraser Canyon, BC)
- Lowest temperature: -3 degrees (Cabano, Quebec)
Being diagnosed later in life while acquiring a legal and a medical background gives Catherine a unique perspective about living on the spectrum. With strong ambition, Catherine propels her ideas forward and is dedicated to further research, awareness, understanding regarding autism. Catherine joined the Autism Speaks Canada board in September of 2020.
Please join us in helping create a kinder more inclusive world for people with autism. Show your support for Dr. Catherine and other people with autism by donating generously.