Leanne lives in Milton with her husband Scott and their children; Aiden and Sydney. As well as being the Chair of Halton Down Syndrome Association, Leanne is a full-time teacher for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. In addition to her involvement with HDSA, she volunteers and works with students and children in many other capacities.
As a teacher, Leanne started her career in Special Education, specifically teaching children with Down syndrome. She commits her time in various roles through sports, the arts, and extra-curricular activities. One of her true passions is to work with students on understanding ‘Social Justice’. Her ultimate goal is to spread awareness about Down syndrome and to help educate and shape young minds. In her classroom, and the school she works at, they focus on the concepts of equality, empathy, respect, acceptance, and friendship. Leanne was recently recognized for her work when she received the “Teaching Matters Award” – placing 4th out of 3,000 nominations across Canada.
Leanne and Scott joined HDSA after their beautiful daughter Sydney was born in 2011. She worked with the board through the first year on planning special events (BBQ, Holiday Party) and then launched HDSA’s first Buddy Walk in 2013. Leanne continues to spearhead fundraising events for HDSA (Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome), as well as other educational and advocacy initiatives. Leanne is proud of the work that she has done with the Board of Directors on the development of their Strategic Plan, as well as, shaping their Roles and Responsibilities. She is also proud of the work that the board is doing with all four Peer Groups, and the initiatives that surround World Down Syndrome Day. She is so excited about the direction that HDSA is moving and is looking forward to continuing to grow the association, so that one day this world will be ready for all our children, at every age and at every stage.
Sir Winston Churchill once wrote, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”