" The GVDSS does not recommend or support various therapies, therapists, doctors, practitioners, etc. The only Board-approved partnership is with the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Music therapy program. The GVDSS' mission is to be a support system for one another. It is left to individuals and families to determine the best services, therapies, doctors, and therapists for their particular needs and that fit their personal philosophies.
Become Involved

1) Become a member:

To join is a 2 step process -

FIRST - DOWNLOAD the membership form: Membership form(Note - you will need Acrobat Reader or similar)

When complete you can click send and it should open your email system to email it to us OR you can

print it (using CNTRL P) and mail with a cheque. OR - if the click and send does not work, save it to your

desktop and email it to WE ARE WORKING ON A BETTER SOLUTION!

SECOND - complete your membership payment via Paypal at our new membership website


2) Join the Board or a committee


3) Propose an event, workshop, guest speaker, fundraiser, etc.


4) Volunteer opportunities (members and non-members)


1) Become a member

How do I become a member?
To join, or update your membership information, print and fill out the form, include a cheque (payable to the Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society), and mail it to the address on the form.
PLEASE NOTE: Families new to the GVDSS automatically receive a free membership for that calendar year.

How much does it cost?
Lifetime Memberships fees are $25 for family members, friends and professionals and $5 for self advocates

What are the benefits of a GVDSS membership?

Time sensitive information sent out via email or by phone
Access to the programs
Social events including the monthly Ups Club, Teen Group or Adult Group events
Applying for funds (for educational purposes)
Educational workshops and information sessions
Networking with other families
Membership directory
Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting
Standing for election to the Board
Participate in committees approved by the Board


2) Join the Board or a committee

If you are interested in becoming a Board member or being involved with a committee, please contact us


3) propose an event, workshop, guest speaker, fundraiser, etc.

The Board welcomes suggestions for events, workshops, guest speaker, fundraising ideas, etc. If you would like to propose an event, please email us. The Board will consider the proposal at its next meeting.


4) Volunteer opportunities (members and non-members)

There are always ways the GVDSS can benefit from the help of volunteers who are members as well as those who are not GVDSS members.


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