SDSS would like to congratulate Megan Allard for being selected as one of the CDSS 2015 Hero's!
The Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes are people with Down syndrome who show all people how to “See the Ability”.
Megan is a 17-year-old avid volunteer. She has lead many successful fundraising campaigns for Saskatchewan's disability community. Megan is going to donate her awarded $500 for being a Hero to the Saskatchewan Association of Community Living (SACL) to support the Fusion Inclusion program.
“Megan has been a huge part of the success of our programs in her community of Spiritwood. She has taken a leadership role with our Fusion Inclusion program, which promotes inclusion,” said Carolyn Ganes of SACL in her nomination letter.
Megan was nominated by her mother Shelly Allard,
"I wish to nominate my daughter Megan. Megan is always ready and willing to help and volunteers regularly. Megan is committed to church functions on a monthly basis (greeter, altar server, collection, or counting collection). Megan helps with the local Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society and in the past couple of years was awarded 1st place in "What is Inclusion? Contest with an interview format essay with myself (World Down Syndrome Day 2013), in 2014 she was asked to be a self-advocate, celebrity judge (with people like the Mayor of Saskatoon (Don Atchison), members of Saskatoon Blades, members of Saskatchewan Roughriders).artist Glen Grimshaw to judge T-shirt designs on inclusion. June 2014 Megan attended and helped with the Fun Run to raise funds for SDSS (Megan helped sell merchandise and 50/50 tickets for the day). Megan volunteers weekly at her high school working in the canteen. At the end of last year (Grade 10) Megan started goal planning and wanted to participate in her high school Regional Drama (like her brother) and March 26-28 this will become a reality with her hard work and dedication as a member of the tech crew. Megan has been bowling under the Youth Bowling Canada program for the last 6 years. Megan is my unsung hero!"
Megan will be featured on the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s Heroes website (http://www.cdss.ca/network/heroes/) and the upcoming Spring issue of Voices, the CDSS self-advocate magazine! Heroes will also be profiled in press releases and social media!