Our 2016 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference Keynote Speaker is Kevin Pearce!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 08 February 2016

Kevin and his brothersThe Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to welcome Kevin Pearce, former professional snowboarder, sibling advocate, inspirational public speaker and co-founder of LoveYourBrain LLC. He is an advocate for the prevention of brain injuries and the promotion of a brain healthy lifestyle.

On December 31, 2009, while training for the Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, and practicing a trick on the half-pipe, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although he was wearing a helmet at the time, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. Despite the fact that Kevin’s half-pipe career was brought to an end that day, his determination and drive to overcome the catastrophe through vigorous rehabilitation, personal training and giving back to others continues to inspire his family, friends and fans every day.

Kevin PearceKevin is a Sports Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, crediting his older brother David, who was born with Down syndrome, as a huge influence in his life and career. In addition, Kevin established The Kevin Pearce Fund to support non-profit organizations all over the country that assist those affected by brain injury, Down syndrome and other challenges.

Read his full bio here.

More announcements about the conference are to come - keep an eye out on our website for the latest!

Dance On 3/21!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Tuesday, 02 February 2016

Dance On 3/21We want to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and get Canadians moving! Join the Canadian Down Syndrome Society on Monday, March 21, 2016 and have a dance party - Dance On 3/21! Show Canadians and the rest of the world YOUR inclusive workforce, school, or class. Show Canadians your supportive family, friends, or community. Show everyone that YOU #SeeTheAbility!

Sometime during the day, stop what you’re doing and have a quick dance with your class, your school, or your work. It can be any length – a minute, 3 minutes and 21 seconds, or an hour! Film it on your phone and email it to us, tweet it to us or post it on our Facebook wall and use the hashtag #SeeTheAbility and #WorldDownSyndromeDay.

More information is here.

2016 CDSS Award Nomination Deadline Extended!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 29 January 2016

CDSS Awards

The deadline to nominate someone for the CDSS Awards has been extended to February 12! Award winners can receive a grant up to $1000. ‪This is a great opportunity to celebrate a person with Down syndrome in YOUR life!

For details, click here.

New additions to our online store!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 18 January 2016

Lots of Socks

We have Lots of Socks for World Down Syndrome Day from Down Syndrome International in stock! Get started on your World Down Syndrome Day event - order socks today. Stock is limited, so get yours ASAP!

We've also marked down 2016 CDSS Calendars - they're now 40% off! It's not too late to order a copy!

Canadian Down Syndrome Society Awards

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 04 January 2016

CDSS Awards

The new Canadian Down Syndrome Society Awards (CDSS Awards) aim to honour Canada’s great, diverse Down syndrome community through two categories and three winners: Advocate of the Year (one $1000 bursary winner) and Inspiration Awards (two $500 bursary winners)

These awards, to be given annually to Canadians with Down syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day, now replace the Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes.

The Awards will be chosen by a committee of CDSS leaders - members of VATTA (the VATTA Chair and Vice Chair), members of the CDSS Board of Directors Advocacy Committee, and members of the CDSS Staff.

For more information on the awards and to nominate someone, click here.

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