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Local Contacts British Columbia

Written by The Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Support Groups - British Columbia

Inclusion BC (formerly BC Association for Community Living)
Telephone: (604) 777-9100
Fax: (604) 777-9394
Website: www.inclusionbc.org

BC Down Syndrome Community Society
Cowichan Valley Parent Support Group
Telephone: (250) 746-4135 ext. 236
Fax: (250) 746-1636
Contact: Lorna Lawson
Service Area: Duncan
Dawson Creek Parent Support Group
Telephone: (250) 782-1239
Contact: Pam Harman
Service Area: Dawson Creek & Area
Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Telephone: (604) 444-3773
Website: www.dsrf.org
Executive Director: Dawn A. McKenna
Fraser Valley Down syndrome Support
(Branch of the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society)
Contact: Sylvie Fraser (Abbotsford) 604-853-5563
Jodie Sewell (Abbotsford) 604-755-0769
Website: www.fvdss.org
Service area: Aldergrove to Hope, BC
Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society - CDSS Affiliate

Kelowna Down Syndrome Family Connection
Telephone: (250) 863-4101
Contact: Amie Hough
Position: DSFC Community Liaison
Service Area:
Kelowna, For Parents and Children 6 and Under
Thompson Nicola Ups and Downs Society
Telephone: (250) 376 - 8424
Website: www.tnuds.org
Contact: Barb Kempthorne
Service Area: Kamloops and area
Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society - CDSS Affiliate
Telephone: (604) 591 - 2722
Website: www.lmdss.com
Service Area: Vancouver & All of Lower Mainland
Penticton Area Parent Support Group
Telephone: (250) 493-6704
Email: (preferred method of contact)
Contact: Karen Speijer
Choices for Down Syndrome Society
Telephone: (250) 277-1592
Contact: Stacy Cabage-Sterling
Service Area: Prince George and surrounding area
Nanaimo Down Syndrome Contact
Telephone: (250) 753-1685
Contact: Holly Breingan
Trail Area Parents of Children with Down Syndrome
Telephone: (250) 364-1347
Fax: (250) 364-1347
Contact: Lorraine Webber
Up 4 Downs - North Vancouver
Telephone: (604) 988-8829
Contact: Lisa Chapman
Position: Co-coordinator
Service Area: North Vancouver & Vancouver
Rising Up for Downs
Telephone: (604) 945-4119
Contact: Alexi Stefanucci
Position: Co-coordinator
West Kootenay Infant Development Program Office
Telephone: (250) 365-5616
Contact: Linda Hunter
Position: Director
Down Syndrome Support Network and Upside Down Playgroup
Location: Vancouver, North Vancouver and Greater Lower Mainland, British Columbia
Contact: Trish Burleigh
Position: Coordinator
Info: DSSN runs the Upside Down Playgroup. It is for children with DS age six and younger and their families (siblings included). The format is free play time, circle time for the children, then question and answer time for parents. Snacks and beverages are provided. The group meets every fourth Saturday of the month, excepting December, July, and August. The meetings alternate between the Vancouver and North Vancouver IDP offices.