Who We Are

Who We Are

Calgary’s Down Syndrome Association

As a registered charity, Ups and Downs’ mission, vision, and goals focus on individuals who have Down syndrome, their families, and inclusive community in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Our Mission

To be a vibrant family support group that enriches the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing a network of resources, sharing common experiences, learning together, and creating awareness in the broader community.

Our Vision

Lifelong partnerships that foster friendships, family connections, healthy lifestyles, inclusive community and a future without limitations.

Our Goals

  • Provide an opportunity for the families of people with Down syndrome to come together on a regular basis to share experiences and exchange information
  • Advocate on behalf of people with Down syndrome for their rights as individuals.
  • Promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome into our society, thereby allowing them to attain their maximum development potential.
  • Gather and disseminate up-to-date information about Down syndrome to our membership, health care professionals, education professionals and the general public.
  • Foster and maintain liaisons with other groups interested in improving the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

Board of Directors

The board of directors is comprised of volunteers, some of whom are parents of individuals with Down syndrome and some of whom are personally connected to the Calgary Down syndrome community. Each board member brings a range of expertise to help Ups and Downs achieve its mission, vision, and goals.

Scott Gillis

Chantal Petersen

Anna Pezzente

Ian Stringer

Paul Sawka

Chris Gossen

Brett Barrow

Help make Canada a better place for people living with Down syndrome

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