LDSA hosts a number of programs & annual events for LDSA families. LDSA programs are offered throughout the city, are beneficial to children with Down syndrome, and are subsidized by LDSA so families never pay full price for the ability to participate. Our annual events offer us opportunities for fun, parent education, a chance to raise awareness, and often, a time to do some fundraising. Learn about what’s currently happening or upcoming, and find further descriptions of LDSA programs & annual events below.

15+ Jazzercise on Zoom – Fall 2021

September 7 - December 28

12+ Golf – Fall 2021

September 8 - September 29

All Ages Drumfit Online

September 15 - December 1

Talk Back 18+ & 13+ age groups (online)

September 27 - November 24


The LDSA’s Annual Gala was created in 2003 through the efforts of Andy Loebus and Rose Price. Since that time it has blossomed from a silent auction in the basement of a local church, into an impressive semi-formal event, held in recent years in the Crystal Ballroom at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn. The evening comprises an extensive selection of items to bid on through both silent and live auctions. Good food, good friends, and good times are plentiful too, along with featured entertainment from thought provoking speakers and guests. Ultimately, it serves as a venue for the LDSA to raise the much needed funds that support our programs and services.

LDSA gala

The Tee21 Charity Golf Tournament was founded in 2014 by Meg Louttit, inspired by her connection to the LDSA community. It is a day full of fun and awareness, held annually at the Willows Golf and Country Club. The event includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, a cart and many fun games on the course, followed by a steak dinner.

The UN first recognized March 21 as World Down Sydrome Day in 2006. LDSA celebrates this date each year with two social events: one being for the Wee Ones families (ages 0-10 years), and another all ages event. These events include a talent show, sharing of food, and an opportunity to highlight fun, awareness, and a chance to recognize the value of those with Down Syndrome in our society. Come out and join us!

world ds day

One of our annual events, the LDSA’s picnic is a popular event held every year in July. Held in a park setting, it is a great opportunity to meet and greet our Board of Directors and families alike. Come one, come all and enjoy the summer weather, activities and food. Dates will be announced via mass email, Facebook and website.

LDSA picnic

The Annual Christmas Party is one of our most popular events, especially with the children. The children enjoy the opportunity to get together with friends, dance, enjoy a meal and meet you know who! The Board of Directors and families alike get an opportunity to meet other families in an informal social setting. Everyone, parents children and siblings enjoy a great time.

LDSA christmas

Topics may include early intervention, Programs available, Behaviour Intervention, RDSP’s, Assistive Technology etc. Scheduled a few times per year.

LDSA parent info night

LDSA holds an number of other social events aside from those listed above, stay connected to our Facebook group to hear about what else is upcoming.



Camp 21

Ages 8 - 18

A three-week summer camp, offered in collaboration with Liz MacKinnon of Rejuvenate Health Services. Kids play games, do crafts, participate in science, fitness, music, cooking, karate and social interaction with fellow campers. Staffed by accredited professionals skilled in the area of special needs.

Camp Talk About It

Ages 5 - 15

LDSA, in collaboration with Liz MacKinnon of Rejuvenate Health Services developed this program, which offers intensive speech therapy in a fun and enjoyable format. It runs in sessions of 3 hours, once a week for 8 weeks, for different age groups.

Club 21

Ages 5+

Dr. Nicole Neil, a certified Behavour Analyst at Western University, runs this social skills program in partnership with LDSA. The goal is to help individuals with Down syndrome expand their social skills and provide strategies for interacting with their peers–all done through games, activities, and role play.

Talk Back

Ages 16+

Developed in 2016 with longstanding program provider, Rejuvenate Health Services, this program offers communication and social skills to individuals with Down Syndrome ages 16+. This program is offered twice per year, fall and spring.

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Cooking School

Ages 13+

Presented in cooperation with Loblaws, the cooking school teaches nutrition, healthy eating, shopping tips, hygiene and safe kitchen practices. Participants work together to prepare & then enjoy the meal they made!

Golf Lessons

Ages 15+

Developed in 2017 along with the Fanshawe Golf Coaches School, this program teaches golf skills in a fun and interactive manner to those with Down syndrome, aged 15+.

Music Therapy

Ages 0 - 15

Developed in 2012, the popular program is taught by Kerry Byers, owner of Music Therapy of London. Kerry is a certified Psychotherapist. Sessions are held spring and fall for three age groups, birth to 15.

Wee Ones Play Group

Ages 0 - 10

These casual, monthly play dates are for children with Down syndrome aged 0-10 years, and their families. During winter we meet at the Westmount Family Centre (Ontario Early Years Centre), in the summer at local parks & splash-pads. A great opportunity to meet other LDSA parents.