21 Monthly – January Update

Dear CDSS members, donors, and supporters,

We hope everyone had a great start to their year. January has always been a month of planning and development for the rest of the year – but this month has been particularly special.

The staff celebrated our 30th anniversary with a bottle of sparkling apple cider!

On January 20, we celebrated CDSS’s 30th anniversary of being a registered non-profit. We’re so proud to have served all of you for as long as we have. We’re honoured to be part of this great community of people with Down syndrome. Thank you for letting us be part of your family’s lives for the past thirty years.

Also this month we’ve been busy establishing some great initiatives at the office. We listen when you give us feedback – and while we’ve made great strides in supporting new parents, children, and teenagers with Down syndrome, this year, we are working on resources to support adults in the Down syndrome community who are in the workforce and even retiring. We can’t wait to share more information about these initiatives when we can!

And of course, there’s lots of ways to participate in what we do. Here are some initiatives that we have going on this month:

  • CDSS Awards: We are now accepting applications for the following three awards for 2017.
  • New Merchandise: For World Down Syndrome Day, get your exclusive new See The Ability shirt! Order your shirts at our online store before February 14 to guarantee you get them before WDSD.
  • Educator Package: Kindergarten registration is upon us! The Educator Package is the perfect way to start the conversation about inclusive education for your child. Order a copy (print of digital) for you to bring to your kindergarten meet and greet. It’s also great for any student of any grade, so order your copy here.


The 30th Canadian Down Syndrome Conference is coming up in May! We’re looking forward to celebrating this great milestone with all of you. As many of you know, we’re welcoming Elena and Sean from A&E’s Born This Way as our Keynote speakers. Registration is now open – for more information, click here. Accommodation at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is limited, so click here for information on reserving your space. We’re also looking for volunteers! Find out how to join us here. Lastly, for the latest news and announcements about the conference, download the app.

And that’s what we have going on in January! Thank you for subscribing to 21 Monthly, the CDSS newsletter. Thank you again for your continued support.


Kirk Crowther
National Executive Director
Canadian Down Syndrome Society

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