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Announcement: Dawn McKenna Resigns as DSRF's Executive Director

It is with sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces the departure of Dawn McKenna as Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) effective August 18, 2017.

July 10, 2017

To DSRF Families & Supporters:

It is with sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces the departure of Dawn McKenna as Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) effective August 18th. Dawn has been with DSRF for almost 18 years and has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. While we will miss her dedication and leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as Executive Director of the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC). We would like to thank her for her many years of dedicated service to DSRF, including the following highlights:

  • Building a dedicated, talented, multi-disciplinary team of professionals
  • Significantly reducing debt and improving financial stability
  • Successfully completing two multi-million dollar capital campaigns
  • Hosting a very successful international World Congress with over 1200 attendees from 43 countries

Over the next few weeks we will be conducting a search to find DSRF’s new Executive Director. During this transition period it is our priority to find the best individual to lead while maintaining a stable and effective organization. Once the job announcement has been posted we would appreciate your help in identifying candidates who could help with the continuation of DSRF’s growth and development.

Again, we thank Dawn for the dedication, enthusiasm and passion she has given to DSRF. She will be greatly missed by the staff, volunteers, Board and supporters. We wish her much success and look forward to future collaborations with her at PAFC. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please contact Sarah Parker at DSRF who will pass your messages along to the Board.

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Griffiths,
Chair of the Board

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