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Just Another Wednesday........

Just Another Wednesday........

Posted in Board of Directors / Family Fun / Our Stories

Every day is a great day, but Grace’s Wednesdays are better than great. Since early September, rain or shine, she has attended her rhythmic gymnastics class with enthusiasm and excitement. In just over 3 short weeks, she will be performing at the year-end gala and is looking forward to being...


World Down Syndrome Day is approaching!

World Down Syndrome Day is approaching!

Posted in News / Our Stories / World Down Syndrome Day

As we gear up for World Down Syndrome Day on the 21st,  we will be blogging throughout this week about some of the amazing things going on to celebrate not only WDSD, but inclusion and diversity in our province right now.   To kick it off, I am posting a video from last year’s World Down...


Brad McVicar

Brad McVicar

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I have a happy life. My friends and me like bowling and mini golf. I like to go to concerts and movies with my friends and Tim and Scott.Andy is my brother and his birthday is soon, we're going to the bar. He's my family and I love him. Duncan is my family and he's a good cook. He makes me...


Lesley Perrault

Lesley Perrault

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I am relatively new to the SDSS family & Board as I was recently elected at the AGM in the Spring of 2015.  I have been a Student Support Services Teacher in Regina Catholic Schools for 14 years, 12 of those years within an integrated preschool setting.  I am grateful for the opportunity to...


Introducing Liz!

Introducing Liz!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I have found it interesting over the past couple of years to watch small children play with Leila, they don't question anything or notice anything "different" or if they do notice it's not a big deal. I wonder when that changes? When do we start to judge? And more importantly, why?I often...


A day in the life of... normal?  -- Cristalee Allan

A day in the life of... normal? -- Cristalee Allan

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

  Gra-a-a-ce, time to wake up! I slowly draw the purple curtains open to let the sunshine in, assisting me in getting Grace to 'rise and shine' - I'll take all the help I can get! As her groggy voice askes if she has school today, I pull a couple of outfit choices from her closet. Her brother...


Christie DiPaola

Christie DiPaola

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I am a wife and mother of two. As a CPA, I look to see how I can give back to my community, which is partly why I joined the SDSS as the treasurer. The other part is the beautiful little girl I met 6 years ago, who has become my daughters best friend! Being a part of this organization has taught...


Introducing Ellen!

Introducing Ellen!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

Board Work and Cooking Here is a favourite pizza recipe from fellow board member Thomas. We get together to work on our board and committee responsibilities. We like to combine our meetings with another passion of ours – cooking (and eating) great food – mostly vegan, often gluten free or...


Welcome to NDSAW 2015!

Welcome to NDSAW 2015!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

Welcome to National Down Syndrome Awareness Week 2015!  This is a week set aside right across our great nation to recognize the people in our communities with Down syndrome - their contributions and triumphs, even their challenges and struggles.  Here at the SDSS, we see NDSAW as an opportunity...


SDSS in Swift Current

SDSS in Swift Current

Posted in Events / Our Stories

  SDSS Chair Faye Hobman travelled to Swift Current to join the Saskatchewan Abilities Council as they hosted the Awareness Challenge. Local RCMP officers came out and were great sports as they participated in the...


Grace - Dealing with what you?re dealt?

Posted in Our Stories

Monday, 4:30 p.m.: “Hello?” “Hi Cristalee, this is Dr. Smith, do you have a minute? Your triple screen test came back abnormal.” “What does that mean, doctor?” “It might not mean anything, but it could suggest your baby may have Down syndrome or C.P.” “Thanks for the call.”    Monday, 4:33...


Welcome To Holland

Posted in Our Stories

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience, to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this… When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip –...


Olivia

Posted in Our Stories

I have to admit, at one point in my life I was one of those people who strived for perfection and I was drawn toward materialism; I bought into this hype because I was surrounded by it. Rating beauty, intelligence, and perfection based on what society values, too often, seems to be the...


That first step?s a doozy - Parenting from a stepparent perspective

Posted in Our Stories

Sometimes your life unfolds in front of you in mysterious ways when you’re not even trying. I think becoming a stepparent is like that, or at least it was for me. I hadn’t even really set out to have children, but one day I was standing with one foot in the air at the edge of jumping into a...


A Parent?s Reflection

Posted in Our Stories

Congratulations! You have a new son or daughter and you may have just found out about Down syndrome. I’ll never forget when I was first told… my world was crumbling. I mourned for the daughter I imagined. The doctor told us that if there were to be anything wrong with our child then Down...


Michael Qing

Posted in Our Stories

Our son, Michael, always greets us with a big smile in the morning. “You are my good-morning sun shine”, I tell him. Michael is a 14 year old, grade 8 student at W.S. Hawrylak School in Regina, and he has Down syndrome. Michael was a year old when we learned he has Down syndrome. My husband and...