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WWDSS Evening Speaker Series: Fall Series: Planning for the Future

RE-SCHEDULED TIMES for Fall Series: Planning for the Future


Every one of us, as parents and caregivers, contemplate what the future holds for our loved one with Down syndrome.  Included in those thoughts would be our desire to facilitate as much of a meaningful, fulfilled and safe future as possible for our child.  WWDSS is excited to offer you a series this fall that highlights main topics of future planning! 

These include financial preparedness such as RDSPs, ODSP and the Disability Tax Credit as well as estate planning, which relates to Power of Attorney, Substitute Decision Making and Guardianship.  It is our hope that these workshops will equip and empower you to promote the highest quality of a future life for your family member with Down syndrome.  More detailed information on the content and presenters of each workshop is provided below:


DATE:                      Thursday November 17th                           

TIME:                       6 to 8 PM

TOPIC:                     Wills, Henson Trust, Power of Attorney, and Guardianship

                                 This session will address legal topics that all families will want to know regarding how to set up your will, and how to create and incorporate a Henson Trust into your will.  Lisa will also address different types of Power of Attorney and how and when they should be used as well as the topic of guardianship with respect to your adult children with Down syndrome.

SPEAKER:                 Lisa Toner, Lawyer, Partner: Wills, Estates, Trusts, Elder Law; Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP

LOCATION:                 Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex – Community Pavilion (101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo) Room: Program Room 1



DATE:                          Wednesday November 30th                   

TIME:                           6 to 8 PM

TOPIC:                         RDSP and Financial Planning

                                    This session will discuss in detail RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) and why this investment vehicle is important for families financial planning future.

SPEAKER:                   Robert P. Young, CFP, CLU, TEP, Certified Financial Planner®- Young Financial Group

                                     Caroline Young, CIM®, Investment and Insurance Advisor - Young Financial Group

                                     Frank Di Pietro, VP of Tax & Estate Planning – Mackenzie Investments

LOCATION:                 Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex – Community Pavilion (101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo) Room: Program Room 1


COST:                        Members $5 each,  Non-Members $10 each


Click here to register

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Family Pulse November 2022

November is here!


In the November issue of Family Pulse, you will find information on:


SEAC Updates

Nuances of Moving House When Neurodivergent

Erin's EarlyON Drop-Ins

Family Event

Celebrate Family

A New Chapter

What's Happening

Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download the PDF here. 



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The Family Centre Newsletter

Check out everything happening at the Family Centre, by reading their latest newsletter.

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Lutherwood: Newcomer Career Month

Beyond the webinars that we have throughout the month of October, which you can read about here, we have also showcased a great blog to share 5 Reasons Why Mentoring is Important to Newcomers.
Please share these events with anyone who may be interested in learning more about these fields. Job seekers are also welcome to reach out to us directly through these options.

Additional webinars that are happening through October include:

Blog updates:

Mental Health: What you need to know about ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, and Coping Strategies

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Team PBS is accepting clients for ABA Services with no Waitlist

Team PBS improves lives, not just behaviours. With engaging support, our providers offer person-centered ABA to help individuals and their families do more things, go more places, and achieve more goals. 

  • Direct 1:1 services in the home, school and community settings.
  • Flexible schedules to best fit the needs of your family.
  • A simple application process
  • We provide services to varying abilities
  • Parent Portal with access to important documents, billing info and more
  • Improved social, daily living, academic, and executive functioning skills and decreased problem behaviours

Do you know someone who can benefit from these services or want to learn more?


Learn more about Anika here.


Find us in the Golden Triangle & Beyond Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & Guelph.

Apply online at www.teampbs.com


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