Jennifer Thomas is the Director of Development and New Parent Co-Coordinator for Halton Down Syndrome Association. Jen is Co-Chairing the 2015 Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome, and is honoured to be a part of the new Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation. In her role with HDSA, Jen has worked on several advocacy and strategic development initiatives, including the launch of a new contest in 2015 for Elementary Schools throughout Halton. The contest encourages schools to raise awareness and empathy by celebrating World Down Syndrome Day.
In her role as New Parent Co-Coordinator, Jen meets with families who have received a prenatal or post-birth diagnosis of Down syndrome to provide support, information and guidance. She is also actively involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto’s New Parent Outreach Program, which is committed to providing information to families in hospital and clinical settings throughout the GTA.
Jen became involved in the Down syndrome community in 2013, after the birth of her beautiful son, Benjamin, who has Down syndrome. Ben has been the inspiration behind Jen’s passion in advocating for a more inclusive community in which people of all ability levels will be seen as valuable, contributing members.
Jen has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto’s OISE, with Special Education, Math and Reading specialties. She currently works as an Underwriter at Chubb Insurance Company of Canada and continues her work with children through tutoring and volunteer opportunities throughout the community. Jen sat on the Board as Treasurer for the Princess Ball fundraiser (in support of Prostate Cancer Canada), and has been a proud volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg.