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Meet DSRF's Reading and Communications Plus Class

DSRF's 2019-20 Reading and Communications Plus students started the year by interviewing one another and writing mini bios of their peers and teachers. Let's get to know them: Introducing Anastasia!By: Emma She has brown hair and blue eyes. She is 20 years old and she has 6 people in her family. She likes basketball. She likes pizza but she does not like broccoli. She likes watching Glee on TV she likes Selena Gomez and she likes watching Russian movies. Anastasia wears a nice bracelet. Introducing Christopher!By: David He has short hair and 2 brown eyes. He is 22 years old. There are 7 people in his family. Christopher likes to play the sport hockey. He likes to eat gluten free pizza, sushi and chips and salsa but does not like yams. Christopher likes to watch Kung Fu Panda and the Legend of the Awesomeness on TV. He likes to listen to News Boys. He likes the movies the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Something interesting I found out about Christopher is that he wears glasses. Introducing David!By: Christopher He has short hair and brown eyes. He is 19 years old. There are five people in his family. Dave likes to play the sport baseball, basketball, football and bowling. He likes to eat homemade chocolate chip cookies, wraps and Doritos chips but does not like hot dogs and broccoli. David likes to watch wrestling matches on television. He likes to listen to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. He likes the movie Full House. Something interesting I found out about David was that he likes Sorry by Justin Bieber. Introducing Emma!By: Anastasia Emma has nice hair and blue eyes. She is 18 years old. There are 5 people in her family. Emma likes to play the sport bocce ball. She likes to eat chicken but does not like to eat vegetables. Emma likes to watch The Voice on TV. She likes to listen to pop music and Bruno Mars. She likes TV shows, not movies. Emma is so nice, beautiful, and cute. Introducing Kate!By: Aja She has beautiful brown hair and blue eyes. She is 19 years old. There are 6 people in her family, she has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Kate likes to play the sport basketball and baseball. She likes to eat fries and sushi but does not like to eat vegetables. Kate likes to watch The Voice on TV. She listens to country music like Blake Shelton and also likes One Direction. Something interesting I found out about Kate is that she lives in North Vancouver. Introducing Aja!By: Kate She has pretty hair and blue eyes. She is 28 years old. There are 4 people in her family. Aja likes to watch the sport baseball. She likes to eat sushi, mac and cheese, and fries but does not like mangos and ground beef. Aja likes to watch Guys Grocery Games, Law and Order: SVU and Friends on TV. She likes to listen to Indie Rock; Mumford & Sons are her favorite band. She likes to watch the movies The Peanut Butter Falcon and The Devil Wears Prada. Introducing Andrea!By: Emma She has black hair and brown eyes. She is 35 years old. There are 2 people in her family. Andrea likes to play softball. She likes to eat sushi and burgers but does not like radishes. Andrea likes to watch the Good Place and Survivor on television. She likes to listen to classical and indie rock. She likes the movies Moana, Lion King, Thor: Ragnorak and Black Panther. Something interesting I found out about Andrea was that she has a daughter and has a dog and she has a mom and dad.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2019 CONTACT: Glen Hoos, Director of Communications – 604-444-3773 | | Local Martial Artist with Down Syndrome Becomes World Champion BURNABY, BC – Darryl Andaya is no stranger to extraordinary accomplishments. Through nine years of intense dedication and hard work at his family’s studio in Burnaby, he earned his black belt in taekwon-do – a lofty achievement made even more impressive by the fact that Darryl has Down syndrome. Darryl’s excellence in the martial arts propelled him all the way to New Zealand, where he represented Canada earlier this month at the inaugural International Special Needs Taekwon-do Games. There, he made history by becoming one of the first ever Special Needs Taekwon-do World Champions, winning two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. As the one-man Canadian team, Darryl placed fourth among all nations and quickly became a fan favourite. “Canada was well-loved and other countries chanted ‘Canada!’ every time Darryl went on the mats,” says his father Darius, owner of DSA Taekwon-do. “Darryl made lots of new friends from other countries and hopefully he can make it to the next one in the Netherlands in 2021.” The medals he earned in New Zealand are not Darryl’s only accolades of late. Before jetting off to the Games, he added another prize to his burgeoning trophy shelf: the 2019 George Klukas Achievement Award. Presented annually to a student of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation by DSRF Board member George Klukas in recognition of significant improvement and success over the past year, the prestigious Klukas Award celebrates the achievements of an older teen or young adult with Down syndrome. Darryl, 19, has completed years of speech therapy at DSRF, as well as participating in the popular Music in Motion program. Through his work at DSRF, Darryl has begun to speak more and become better able to vocalize his thoughts. He has become more confident and increasingly independent, making his own decisions and learning how to use the transit system. Darryl's growing communication abilities, social skills, decision making, and athleticism have helped him in his transition to adulthood and in his development as a martial artist. From an early age, his perseverance and strong spirit have been clear, and have enabled him to achieve things that other people never thought he could do. In addition to competing, Darryl also teaches taekwondo to young children, including children with disabilities. In conjunction with the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, DSA Taekwon-do offers weekly classes for young people with Down syndrome. Darius hopes that many of these students will follow in Darryl’s footsteps. “Two years is a long time,” he acknowledges, “but if they stay motivated, I can see some of our students going to the championships and experiencing what we just did.” For more information on DSA Taekwon-do, visit For more information on Taekwon-do for individuals with Down syndrome, and other programs and services offered by the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, visit
The Lohn Foundation has been a consistent supporter for 6 straight years, investing $18,000 in individuals with Down syndrome in that time. They are making a real difference through DSRF's educational programs, and we're grateful for their 2019 donation of $3,000.
For the fifth consecutive year, the John Hardie Mitchell Family Foundation has made a generous donation in support of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation's educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome. The Foundation's $2,000 investment for 2019 will help students develop critical skills in the areas of reading, math, communications, speech, and more. We are so thankful for their ongoing support!
RBC Future Launch has generously invested $20,000 in the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation’s transitional programs for young adults with Down syndrome, including Reading and Communications Plus, Social Communication and Navigation, and Money Math & Budgeting. These programs equip individuals with Down syndrome with skills that are essential to their success in the workplace and their ability to live independently. DSRF is proud to be partnering with RBC for their RBC Future Launch initiative. Together, we will prepare individuals with Down syndrome find meaningful work and bring their unique contributions to our society. “We’re excited to be working with the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation to help bring RBC Future Launch to life,” said Valerie Chort, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “We have a responsibility to prepare all young people for the opportunities and ambiguities of the future, including those with developmental disabilities. RBC Future Launch is a decade-long commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”
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