Children, Seniors and Social Development
November 1, 2016

Supporting Healthy and Inclusive Communities

Provincial Government Proclaims Down Syndrome Awareness Week

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Week from November 1-7.

“I am so honoured to have joined members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society to proclaim Down Syndrome Awareness Week. It is every person’s right to pursue his or her individual talents in an inclusive society. Throughout the week, I encourage residents to attend the planned events, such as the Pancake Breakfast, and join in as we celebrate the strengths and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.”
- The Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society will hold its annual free pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 6, at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre, 68 McNamara Drive in Paradise. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.

"The Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society is a group of parents, friends and families who are dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Down syndrome, and ensuring that our children are given the right to be accepted, to work and to feel valued in the community. Canadian Down Syndrome Week is a time to celebrate the strengths and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome. We want Newfoundland and Labrador to ‘see the ability’."
- Melissa Hardy, Chair, Board of Directors, Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society

For more information on Down Syndrome Awareness Week and the events taking place, call the Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society at 738-3336, toll free 1-877-738-3336 or visit http://nldss.com/ .

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government is recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Week from November 1-7.
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society will hold its annual free pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 6, at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre, 68 McNamara Drive.
  • For more information, call 738-3336, toll free 1-877-738-3336 or visit http://nldss.com/ .

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The Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities, along with members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society proclaim Nov 1-7 as Down Syndrome Awareness Week.

Media contacts:

Melony O’Neill
Director of Communications
Department of Children, Seniors and
Social Development
709-729-5148, 689-0928
melonyoneill@gov.nl.ca
Jennifer Brien
Public and Media Relations
Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome
Society
709-738-3336, 1-877-738-3336
info@nldss.com

2016 11 01                              4:00 p.m.