Showcasing individuals within the Down syndrome community.

Peter Flagler to be honoured at Sink One for Jake


Pete, the locker room attendant for the Marlies ( will officially be in attendance as a player on the “Sink One for Jake” tournament July 20th at the Royal Ontario Gold Club. We will also be honouring Pete for his achievements and for serving as a role model of ability for his peers! 

Join us and Pete on the course and purchase your tickets today!

Bill 182 – Ontario Down Syndrome Day Act – 2016

Bill 182, Ontario Down Syndrome Day Act, 2016 has received Royal Assent officially naming March 21 of every year as Ontario Down Syndrome Day.

For full details please visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.


Darryl Sittler to Marshal 2016 Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome

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Darryl Sittler to Marshal Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome

MILTON, CANADA, March 10,2016 – Halton Down Syndrome Association is pleased to announce that Darryl Sittler (Co-Chair of the Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation) will act as Marshal of the walk for the second annual Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome.  Darryl is excited that he will be Marshalling the walk again this year.  He will be opening the ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. and then leading the crowd in their walk through Milton.  After the walk, Darryl will be among the crowd taking pictures and signing autographs.

About Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome

On Saturday, June 18th, 2016, Halton Down Syndrome Association invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Go21 – Halton Walk for Down Syndrome from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Milton Fair Grounds in Milton.  This is a fun, 2-km walk, open to family, friends, and the community to increase awareness about Down syndrome and to raise funds for research, education and advocacy programs. Following the walk there will be a carnival with food, fun, special entertainment, including pony rides, bouncy castles and an amazing silent auction.  The Association’s key fundraising event last year raised $100,000 from a combination of generous sponsors and almost 1,200 participants, as well as a hundred volunteers.

About Go21

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) launched Go21, in 2015. “Go” in celebration of advancement and strength in the Down syndrome community and “21” to represent the tripling of the 21st chromosome that determines a Down syndrome diagnosis. 

About Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement. Its occurrence is universal across racial and gender lines, and it is present in approximately one in 800 births in Canada. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop to their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives.  Children with Down syndrome are usually fully integrated in social and educational settings and increasingly go on to graduate high school, attend post secondary education, enter the workforce and contribute to society in many wonderful ways. 

For more information about how you can support this amazing initiative through donations, sponsorship, or volunteering, please contact Leanne Tovey at or Jennifer Thomas at

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About HHDS

Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation (HHDS) was established to partner with groups supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families. HHDS was founded by Darryl Sittler, a notable Hall of Fame hockey player, businessman and charity activist – including Special Olympics, and Grant Furlane, a local businessman and past Chairman of the BC Neurological Centre/Children’s Centre for Ability.

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Go21 Event Summary

The Kennedy Forum Conference

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Building on Parity to Make Mental Health America’s Business: How Care for the Whole Person Can Improve Lives, Reduce Societal Costs, and Bring Greater Productivity

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act has given society a tool for achieving President Kennedy’s promise of a day when a person’s mental disorder would no longer result in separate but unequal treatment. This panel will examine how that promise is playing out in the workplace, in our justice system, and among veterans returning from our nation’s recent conflicts. We’ll look at how parity can improve lives, reduce costs, and how America can achieve greater productivity.

kennedy forum

Seen here at the Kennedy Forum in Boston is Stephen Kennedy Smith (Kennedy Forum, Have a Heart for Down Syndrome foundation , Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of Pear Therapeutics) ,Grant Furlane (Have a Heart for Down Syndrome foundation and President of Locomobi ), Patrick Kennedy( Founder of Kennedy Forum, former US Representative (D-RI))  , discussing Mental Health and organizing a Forum and Gala for Toronto in Support of Have a Heart for Down Syndrome and Halton Down syndrome Association. Grant Furlane is Co-Chair  and Stephen Kennedy Smith is Director at Large and Advisor of Have a Heart for Down Syndrome.