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posted May 26, 2013, 2:33 AM by Craig Miller   [ updated May 26, 2013, 2:41 AM ]

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Our June newsletter is currently being printed. But you can view the web version here. It’s jam packed full of pictures, articles and hopefully will be a nice read sometime over winter.

WDSA AGM and Consider Joining the Committee?

Just reminding you that our AGM meeting on Thursday 20th June.
We have 2 speakers:

Katrina Sneath is a very confident young woman with Down syndrome. She is currently sitting NCEA and is passionate about self-advocacy.  She will be sharing some of her life story.  Her parents have been very focused on reading and using the Down syndrome education resources and will also be available for questions. 

Ross Wood is a student at Victoria University. 

He also leads the Wellington Down Syndrome Club (Viva) for school leavers and above. The club meets every second Friday. Ross will be sharing some of the great things Viva have been doing. He will also talk about his passion for people with Down syndrome and share his ideas to facilitate a club for teenagers

WDSA is looking for new Committee Members
We always need new people and new fresh ideas. Our secretary is standing down this year. But there are a number of opportunities to help and improve WDSA. Please consider if you could get involved and         help.

WDSA Dates:


Thursday 20th June - 7:30pm
WEIT Offices, 79a Copeland Street, Lower Hutt, 5011

Saturday 15th June - 10am - 12 noon
Under 5’s Catch Up
Waterloo Playcentre,
103 Trafalgar St, 
Lower Hutt

Saturday, June 29, 3pm - 6pm
Youth Club Catch Up

30th August
Deadline for nominations for Frances Clarke Awards

Wednesday 30th October
Frances Clark Awards
Government House, Wellington

Karen Gaffney - first living person with Down syndrome receive an honorary doctorate

Need some encouragement? Check out this amazing story of Karen, who has swam across the English channel, runs her own foundation, hold a Science degree, teachers aid cert and honorary doctorate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VHhWdp2qskc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDt_T-_-QPs
To read tips from her education, particularly early education read this