Back row:Paul Crowley (Vice Chair), Jackie Charchuk (Secretary), Ben Tarr Middle row: Ed Casagrande (Chair), Sean Wiltshire
Front row: Yelman Siddiqi (Treasurer), Laura LaChance (Interim Executive Director), Dewlyn Lobo, Christine McConnell, David Fischl
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from across Canada who are committed to the vision and mission of the society. Currently the Board is made up of individuals who have a personal or professional relationship to people with Down syndrome. Each year nominations are accepted for vacant Board positions and new Board members are elected.
The primary accountability of the Board is to the members of the CDSS. The Board will govern the organization utilizing available financial resources to ensure the best possible services for the membership.
In the fulfillment of its mandate as the governing body of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, the Board of Directors will:
Ed Casagrande – Chair
Paul Crowley – Vice Chair
Yelman Siddiqi – Treasurer
Jackie Charchuk – Secretary
Fund Development Committee
Ed Casagrande – Chair
Sean Wiltshire – Chair
Join Us! The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors. If you reside in Canada, have a strong desire to use your skills and experience to help chart a better future for individuals with Down syndrome, and are willing to serve a two-year volunteer term, then we want to hear from you!
Having a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, we encourage applications from all who meet the basic eligibility requirements. The CDSS will provide appropriate accommodation(s) for candidates with disabilities or accessibility needs.
Our Vision: All people are valued, fully participating citizens.
Our Mission: To empower Canadians with Down syndrome and their families. We raise awareness and provide information on Down syndrome through the prenatal, early childhood, school years, adulthood and retirement stages of life.
As a CDSS board member you will be responsible for ensuring the organization meets legal requirements and that it is operating in accordance with its mission and for the purpose for which it was granted non-profit status. Board members must execute duty and care, which means they must attend meetings, be prepared to make informed decisions and request additional information as necessary.
Further details about the roles and responsibilities of the CDSS Board of Directors are available above. We ask that all interested individuals apply prior to March 21, 2020. A fillable application form is available here:
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is here to serve its membership, and anyone who may need access to information and resources about Down syndrome.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our team remains available to serve you via remote operations.
You can reach us toll free in Canada at 800.883.5608 or 403.270.8500, where we ask that you leave a message in our general mailbox, or with a specific team member via the staff directory. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com.
Please click here to visit our health resources page which now includes COVID-19 information. COVID-19 resources are also available via social media at the links below. Browse hashtag #T21COVID19 when seeking out resources that are specific to Down syndrome and COVID-19.
We wish you all well and are happy that we are able to stay in touch electronically and by phone. We encourage you to follow the advice of the Government of Canada and local health authorities to stay safe and well during these challenging times.
We greatly appreciate your generous support which enables us to continue our work. To donate, please visit our secure link at: