21 Monthly – March Update

Dear CDSS members, donors, and supporters,

It’s March! It’s one of our busiest times of the year – and most exciting. With World Down Syndrome Day and our conference prep, we have lots to share with you.

We’re pleased to announce that the CDSS team will be using World Down Syndrome Day to meet with world leaders and advocate on the global stage.

Matthew MacNeil and Kirk Crowther

Our National Executive Director Kirk Crowther and VATTA Chair Matthew MacNeil will be presenting about the importance of self-advocacy at the United Nations at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference. They will also be meeting with the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations. They’re excited to meet with delegates from around the world to share information and advocacy stories. Read their press releases here.

Also on March 21st, our CDSS Board Members Laura LaChance (Board Chair), Sonya Billiard (Board Secretary), Sean Wiltshire, Dewlyn Lobo and Elaine Willcock will be in Ottawa to meet with Ministers and Members of Parliament about how to better serve Canada’s Down syndrome community.

We will be sharing the latest about each of these incredible opportunities on the CDSS Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Be sure to follow us!

Download posters for WDSD!

We would like to thank everyone for their response for the World Down Syndrome Day School packages. It was incredible. We’ve sent out resources – posters, stickers, tattoos – to over 3,500 students across Canada. And if you’re having an event – a Dance On 3/21 dance party or something else – send it to us and we’ll post it on our site. You can also download posters for World Down Syndrome Day and post them in your community.

Of course, keep an eye out in your email inboxes – we will be announcing who the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Award winners are on March 21st.

Jon Jon Rivero, our 2017 Endnote Speaker

Have you been keeping up with all of our incredible conference news? Get the Conference app for Android and iPhones. We’ve been making announcements daily – from announcing all of our speakers to updating our conference session schedule! Register today to enjoy our Early Bird prices, which end on April 30th. Not sure how to use the app? Watch this video, narrated by our own Paul Sawka, on how to use it!

We’ve also announced our Endnote speaker – we’re proud to welcome Jon Jon Rivero to Banff. He’s a great supporter of the Down syndrome community, and we’re excited to have his energy and insights with us.

Banff is always a busy place during the May long weekend and we want to make your conference experience seamless – so visit the Planning Your Trip page for information on our (now limited) accommodation options, transportation from the Calgary International Airport and flight information from Air Canada, the official airline for the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference .

We’re also looking for conference volunteers! Find out how to join us here. Have any questions about the conference? Visit our new conference FAQ page.

And finally, we have a guest blog to share with all of you written by Canada Revenue Agency – Making tax time accessible for all CanadiansIt offers some timely, relevant information, in time for tax season!

And that’s what we have going on in March! 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


Monthly Giving Update for March 2017

This month we are thrilled to welcome 213 new monthly donors to the CDSS family! When you donate monthly to CDSS, you give a smaller amount every month automatically. This adds up to a big impact, and it also reduces our administrative costs. We have monthly donors from every province and from north of 60, from Canada’s biggest cities and smallest communities.

What are our monthly donors’ most common names? Margaret and cialisfrance24.com Mary/Marie are in the lead, with David hot on their heels. Linda is close behind, followed by Brian, Gerald and Marilyn. 

Whatever your name is and wherever you are from, people with Down syndrome and their families all over Canada are very grateful for your ongoing support! 

If you would like to donate monthly to CDSS, you can set it up online at cdss.ca/donate (select “Monthly” under “Donation Frequency”), or you can call Jenny at the office at 1-800-883-5608 to discuss your giving options.


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