Visiting Parents Program

Ups and Downs provides a variety of services to the parents and friends of people with Down syndrome in Calgary and Southern Alberta.

In addition to preparing the New Parent Guide for parents of newborns with Down syndrome, we sponsor workshops and seminars, publish a bi-monthly newsletter and host various social events throughout the year. We also encourage new parents to meet and draw reassurance and help from our membership.

Because the parents in our group have already experienced challenges similar to those you may be facing now, you can find an abundance of practical advice waiting for you through our group and particularly from the parents in our Visiting Parents Program. The Visiting Parents Program is comprised of trained volunteers who willingly give their time because they remember what is like when they were told their baby had Down syndrome. They will be happy to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and share with you what life has been like for them and their families.

To contact a Visiting Parent in Calgary, just call Ups and Downs at (403) 289-4394 or have your nurse or a friend call for you. Even if you live outside Calgary, we can arrange for one of our Visiting Parents to connect with you.
Visiting Parent Co-ordinator              
Johanna Hirons
Visiting Parents
Amber Boyd
Kathleen Brown
Katie Copithorne
Janene Hokanson
Jeannie Ing
Sandra Jones-Guth
Maureen Larsen
Vince Marion
Janna Mazurkewich
Chantal Petersen
Tasha Walsh


Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets

Do you know about Ups and Downs' Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets - Down syndrome LOVIN?Through donations from the community, friends and family, we are able to make up baskets for families who have a baby born with Down syndrome. As of April, 2015, we are now making baskets for families who have a child with Down syndrome who has been diagnosed with cancer (up to the age of 18).The baskets are filled with lots of goodies for baby and resources for the family to access once at home with their bundle of joy. Included in the baskets: a year membership for Ups and Downs - Calgary Down Syndrome Association, onesies, receiving blankets, clothes, gift cards, a full photo shoot, books, jewelry for mom and many more beautiful items for the family. The value of each basket is approximately $600-$800. The baskets are made in Krista Rowland-Collins' home and are individually put together for each beautiful family.The beauty of meeting the families and new babies is a journey, sometimes a very emotional one and other times, the visits are filled with laughter and love.Since February 2014, we have handed out nearly 50 baskets to very deserving families. The baskets are delivered to all of the Calgary hospitals and surrounding areas.

Click here to donate to this wonderful cause: Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets