life-jacket-grown-upThe Halifax Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society is a volunteer, registered non-profit organization which acts as a resource to everyone with an interest in Down syndrome in Nova Scotia.

In 2013, the Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society decided to add the word “Halifax” to the front of its name to best represent its current range of programming and services. The aim of the organization continues to be a resource and point of contact for families and other members of the Down syndrome community in Nova Scotia.

The HNSDSS encourages other community groups across Nova Scotia to engage in programming and services for their members with Down syndrome. As a registered non-profit organization we are happy to assist other community groups with fundraising and other supports.

Monthly meetings

The board of HNSDSS holds monthly meetings.

Annual General Meeting

Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society holds an Annual General Meeting in the Spring. The AGM is open to all our members and the date and place will be posted on our website. Click here to view the AGM Meeting Minutes 2017. To see what the HNSDSS has been up to for the past year click the Report of the Chairperson for 2018.

Social Events

The HNSDSS organizes several social events throughout the year like our Family BBQ, our Christmas party, and our World Down Syndrome Day celebration. Besides these social events we organize fundraising events like the annual Walk With Friends. These events are open to all members and everyone with an interest in Down syndrome. Details and dates will be published on our website.

Educational opportunities

The Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society organizes educational workshops on topics such as health, development, financial planning etc. If you have a specific field or issue you would like Halifax NS DSS to address, we encourage you to contact us.

Social and educational programs

The Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society organizes several programs for their members like ‘Team Possibles‘, a Toddler Program, Friday Night Socials, Kindermusik, and an annual Maritime DS Family Camp held at Brigadoon Village. These programs are for members only, and offer great opportunities to socialize with peers.

Outreach to new families

Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society provides support and information to new families. On request members of our society can make a visit to your home. Please visit the New Parent section of our website for more information.


On request we have members available to speak to community groups.

Resource library

Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society has a resource library with information that is Down syndrome specific or related to Down syndrome. Please contact visit our Library page for a list of our current resources available for loan to our members.


Membership is free. Members are kept up-to-date of all events and other news by email. If you want to become a member please click here.

Board of Directors

  • Allison Brewer– Chairperson
  • Corey Slumkoski – Webmaster
  • Joe Gillis – Treasurer
  • Kim Hanko – Director
  • Robin Helfler – Director
  • Denise Anderson- Director
  • Douglas Cashin – Director
  • Nancy Bragg – Director
  • Will Brewer  – Advocate



Halifax, NS Down Syndrome Society is a non-profit organization that runs entirely on donations. Would you like to help us, please contact Halifax NS DSS to learn about how you can make a difference in the life of someone with Down syndrome.