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.

Executive Director

Chloé McBean

Chloé has been active in the human services field for over 15 years in areas such as frontline support for persons with disabilities and at-risk youth, crisis intervention, and information and referral. She has been fortunate to collaborate on varying local, provincial, and national projects/initiatives. Chloé holds a BSc. in Psychology, is an active volunteer and arts enthusiast, and spends downtime with her family as much as possible. 

Program Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Crystal Block

Crystal loves working with the Down syndrome community! For over five years, Crystal has been working with adults with Down syndrome as a support worker and has absolutely loved it. She is frequently blown away by the joy that her clients bring her as well as how much she learns from them. Crystal has administrative experience in many ways, and has been able to combine her organization with her passion for people in this role. Crystal is so grateful to be able to combine so many of the things she loves in this role at Ups and Downs!

Crystal is down to earth and friendly. She appreciates clear communication and does her best to be a strong communicator herself. Crystal loves to be outside and go for walks whenever she can!

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.

Carl Kennedy (Interim President)
Technical Development Manager
Tundra Petroleum Services

Dayna Palmer (Interim VP)
Marketing Manager
Pizza 73

Mark Vandertoorn (Treasurer)
Managing Director
Froese Forensic Partners

Anita Stevens (Secretary)
Registered nurse and IBCLC

Crystal Kotyk
National Account Manager
MRC Global

Tracy Ellis
Regional Enablement Coach
Royal Bank of Canada

Uli Ng
Regional Manager – Asia Pacific
University of Calgary

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