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Canadian Down Syndrome Week

Canadian Down Syndrome Week
October 23 - 29

Canadian Down Syndrome Week is a week to celebrate those with Down Syndrome and learn to “See the Ability”.

Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society co-president Erin Mazzoni says when people see the abilities of people with Down syndrome there will be more opportunities for them to be included in all aspects of society.

To learn more go to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society website:

9 Canadian Influencers and Professionals with Down Syndrome

Joey Moss

Joey Moss was a well-known Canadian dressing room attendant for both the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League and the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League.

In honour of his memory, a bronze sculpture of Joey was unveiled in the Edmonton Oilers locker room.

Dylan Harman

Dylan is a Toronto screen and stage actor who has been employed in the industry since the age of 5. During his career, he’s appeared in several films including For Dorian (2012), The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (2008), and Rainbow Connection (2012). He has been in the plays RARE and Wildfire. For a full list of movies and shows he’s been in click here. His one-page resume can be viewed here.

His one-page resume can be viewed here.

Nicholas Herd

Since 2007, Nicholas has been working with L’Arche Toronto Sol Express as a performer, visual artist, and Creative Advocacy Director. He was also part of the plays; Wildfire in 2017 and the award-winning RARE at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival. Most recently, Nick hosted Battle of the Fans, an international lip sync competition. He also hosted his own online talk show on the Disability Channel, Keeping it Real with Nick, starred in an episode of Employable Me and was Creative Director of the short film “Freebird. Nicholas can also be followed on his Twitter and Instagram

From YouTube upload, all the way to the opening ceremony at the Special Olympics and acting in 2 feature films, Madison Tevlin is inspiring people. With Down syndrome and without. She’s defying the odds, and finding her voice.

Keep up with her on social media as @madisontevlin on Twitter and Instagram.

Niall McNeil

A passionate actor, playwright, and director, Niall McNeil has been involved with theatre for decades, once an ensemble member of Leaky Heaven Theatre’s shows in Vancouver since 1999. He has also acted as a member of the English Acting Company of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, performing in A Christmas Carol (2010). Niall has also co-written two plays, Peter Panties (2011) and King Arthur’s Night (2017). He can be found on IMDB here.

Marie Webb

Marie Webb is a fashion and textile designer from Nova Scotia. During her career, she’s hosted runway shows and also displayed her work in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 

Her fashion label, Lemonade Stand Designs, has been part of gifting suites at the Emmys in LA and the Toronto Film Festival. Follow her on Facebook.

Meg Oshada

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Meg Oshada is a 26-year-old figure skater, contemporary dancer, and rhythmic gymnast. She is known for her grace and strength both while performing and in her everyday life.

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Darryl Andaya

In 2019, Darryl competed in the first-ever Special Needs Taekwondo World Championship. During the event, he made history by winning two gold medals, one silver and a bronze. Even competing as a one-man team for the country, he placed fourth while representing Canada.

He has also illustrated a book called I, Too, Can Be Special!: Adventures of Super Darryl

Teresa Pocock

An artist and self-advocate, Teresa overcame many setbacks in her life to discover her artistic streak. After winning a grant from the Vancouver Foundation, she began sharing her love of art in her illustrated poetry book called Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside.

Source: Qi Creative Inc.