I was given the opportunity to go to this year’s Canadian Down Syndrome Conference. It is a very important event for everyone in the Down syndrome community. I was very happy to attend and speak at the conference. I was a part of the Endnote session, presenting with VATTA. I was not nervous, just proud and excited.
I also got to attend some of the conference sessions. My favorite session was “Celebrating What We Got” with Chris Hamilton and the Good Buddies Blues Band. I also got to attend VATTA Night with Lauren Potter. This was really great and I got to meet her and listen to her speak. I had fun that night and all of the teens and self-advocates had a grand time hanging out together.
I also finally got to meet all the other members of VATTA. Everyone did a great job at the Endnote, but my favorite speech was Janet Charchuk’s. I found her speech very inspirational. She told us that if we believe in ourselves and work hard we can do what we want to do for our lives. At the end of her speech Janet got everyone to stand up and yell “See the Ability”. I really liked this part and so did everyone else. Good job Janet!
I felt proud after giving my speech and it made me happy to hear everyone clapping for me. I even got asked to sign some autographs!
I also had a lot of fun attending the banquet. I got to dance and enjoy some time with my coworkers. I liked being there and I enjoyed it very much.
I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all this without the support I got from my parents, family, my coworkers at CDSS, and all of you. I look forward to doing more public speaking!
See the Ability!
From Paul Sawka
PS: Here are some of my favourite pictures from the conference. Enjoy: