Do you believe in magic? Want to know more about DSRF? We would be happy to give you a tour of our unique facility. Please contact Dawn to set up an individualized or group tour....more
DSRF - Making Dreams Happen
The Down Syndrome Research Foundation is proud to present our brand new promotional video aimed at raising awareness for our organization as well as providing information on our various programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages....more
Waiting for a Snowflake to Land on my Tongue
DSRF Receives Kiwanis Club Grant (2013)
Dawn has a broad business background with experience and education in finance, human resources and management, and has been involved in the disability community for over ten years. In 1999, looking for new challenges and the opportunity to help make a difference, Dawn left the corporate world and joined the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. She was instrumental in the successful completion of two capital campaigns, raising funds to: i) build a family-centered facility for Down syndrome research and education, and ii) purchase and install state-of-the-art brain imaging equipment, a Magnetoencephalography system (MEG). The Centre and the MEG are enabling new insights into cognitive development and provide the knowledge to develop new educational programs to help children with Down syndrome of all ages reach their full individual potentials.
Dawn was a key member of the executive committee organizing the 9th world Down Syndrome Congress in
Pat comes to the role of Director of Programs & Services at the DSRF with diverse experience gained from supporting families as Interim Executive Director at the Family Support Institute, co-founder of Hanbury Holland, a private consulting company, and work as a network facilitator at PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network). Pat graduated from UBC with a degree in psychology in 2007 after a previous career working at Cominco, British Petroleum, and BC Pavilion Corporation, in a variety of accounting roles. Pat and her husband John have three children and 24 year old Andrew is diagnosed with Down syndrome. Pat is a strong believer in the power of parent networking and a proponent of goal oriented programming that supports our children as citizens within their natural communities of family and friends. Pat has experience with the issues surrounding transition into adult life and was responsible for the creation and launch of Support Worker Central, a website designed to assist people who employ support workers for their disability related needs. Email Pat