From everyone here at the SDSS, we hope that you were blessed with a very Merry Christmas and that 2016 has started off with a bang for you!!
We are so excited with what 2016 will be bringing for our organization!! Our Board of Directors spent this past weekend in our Annual Retreat - a much anticipated full day of discussions and planning for the year ahead. It is here that we can regroup, organize our thoughts and go over what worked in 2015 and where we can improve. It is always a much needed way to not only discuss the important "meat & potatoes" of our organization - financials, grants and funding, social events, and much more - it is also a large opportunity for each of our Directors to put forward ideas, to participate in brainstorming, and solidify the strong relationship we create throughout the year as we work side by side to carry out the vision and missions of the SDSS.
So now you are thinking to yourself - well what can we look forward to in 2016?? We've decided that 2016 is going to be the year of our self-advocates. Don't worry, we still are working closely with new parents, young families and schools. We have a few new initiatives to recruit and educate our self-advocates in 2016! Without giving too much away, here's a little snapshot of a few of the exciting things we'll be working on this year:
Wellness Workshop for Adults - March 2016 - We are so excited to welcome Sean Wiltshire to present at this all day workshop that will focus on everything from self-care, social awareness, resumes, community involvement and how each of these can help (and hinder) the search for meaningful employment! For more on Sean Wiltshire - http://www.avalonemploy.com/ceo.html
SDSS Annual Fun Run - Saskatoon & Regina - look for new ways to donate, team incentives and themes!
World Down Syndrome Day 2016 - March 21 - We will have many resources available to schools, parents, workplaces and community groups who want to host celebrations, speak to a group or have one of our Directors come out!
Superhero For A Day in support of the SDSS - Once again wrapping up NDSAW in November, we are pleased that this event will be presented in support of our organization. Watch our facebook page and website for more details!
Our Nomination Committee is fired up and ready to start filling in a couple vacancies for Directors!
New digital formatting for our Newsletter, up-to-date and relevant articles keeping our membership always in the loop!
We'd like to host more informal, small gatherings in 2016. These were a solid part of our organization and have been missing from our social goals as of late. If any member/family is interested in hosting a small gathering, please let us know!! We have a few in the works! Keep your eyes peeled!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society AGM is booked for Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 6:30pm in Regina. Childcare will be provided. Further details will be coming out shortly!
On behalf of all of us here at the SDSS, THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2015!! We can't wait to see our vision come to life in 2016!