One of the major highlights of Up the Down Market was the presentation of the George Klukas Achievement Award to Danielle Juilfs.
The Klukas Award was created to acknowledge personal growth in a person with Down syndrome, and is awarded annually to a DSRF student who has achieved significant success in life.
As the 2016 winner, Danielle exemplifies what individuals with Down syndrome can achieve. Danielle is filled with determination and strives to do her best in all she does. As a rhythmic gymnast, Danielle has excelled on both local and provincial levels, winning many meets and Special Olympics medals, including three medals at nationals. Thanks in part to the skills she gained through her involvement at DSRF, Danielle’s self-confidence has grown tremendously, leading to her living on her own, securing employment and being a mentor in the young adult Down syndrome community.
Danielle has been and remains an asset to DSRF, working countless volunteer hours at our dinners, breakfasts and many other events. She now works at the front desk at our Centre one day a week as an assistant, answering phones and doing administrative tasks as needed. Danielle is friendly and always has a warm smile for our clients. She is truly a joy to have around, and we congratulate her on her achievements.
A huge thank you to the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, which has generously granted $1,500 towards DSRF's educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome. We are so grateful for the Foundation's investment in our students!