The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa owners are deeply involved with Autism research.
Mr. Cocchia also serves as President of the Pacific Autism Center Foundation, a family led initiative to establish an “Autism Spectrum Disorder Knowledge center” for the Province of British Columbia. As proponents of this project the Cocchia’s have secured a $20 million grant from the provincial government towards the completion of this $35 million initiative. The “Hub and Spoke” provincial centre is scheduled for completion winter 2015.
In 2010, Cocchia’s were thrilled to be honoured with a Doctor of Laws (Hon.) from the Justice Institute of B.C. in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to the province of British Columbia, in particular their shared vision in establishing the Pacific Autism Family Centre. Mr. Cocchia received the B.C. Community Achievement Award in 2012; the “Doorman of the Year” from the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was made a member of the Order of British Columbia.
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Since 1987, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia’s Women’s Media Golf Classic, has raised millions of dollars towards; Variety The Children’s Charity, the Vancouver Oral Centre for Hearing Impaired Children, the Children’s Foundation, the Down Syndrome Resource Centre, Mediated Learning Academy and most recently, the Pacific Autism Family Centre a parent-led initiative to establish a “knowledge centre for ASD” for the Province of British Columbia. As proponents of this project the Cocchia’s have secured a $20 million grant from the provincial government towards the completion of this $35 million initiative. The “Hub and Spoke” provincial centre is scheduled for completion winter 2015.
Lisogar-Cocchia has a long list of local and national accomplishments; the Variety Club – International Corporate Fundraiser of the Year & Angel Award, Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year, Leading Spas of Canada’s the Lifetime Achievement Industry Award, Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40. Lisogar-Cocchia’s an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award and the C.H.I.L.D Foundations Honorary Doorman of the Year and in 2013 was honored with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015 Wendy was inducted into the Order of British Columbia our province’s highest civilian honour.