2020 was a crazy year full of disappointments, but also MAGIC! We have moved the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan into a very exciting space with other likeminded organizations, navigated a pandemic, started virtual programs and events, and kicked off an exciting campaign to benefit DSAWM and the DSAWM Foundation.
I am also very excited to announce that in February, I was elected to serve on the board of the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA). This is a national board that has a strong commitment to serving the members of our organization, local DSA’s. Our primary goal is to make sure that our members receive the training, resources, and support they need to be productive leaders within their own organizations. This means that we are here to support the individual Down syndrome associations across the United States. My goal with the DSAIA is to serve those individual DSA’s, to teach and learn from each other and grow our organizations together.
The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is a leader for other DSA’s in our state and across the country. We have drawn national attention because of our Foundation, endowment, and the move to the Special Olympics Unified Sports and Inclusion Center. We now live with several other disability organizations that we happily partner with and call our neighbors and our community at SOMI. This initiative will benefit all of our members.
My family and I recently moved to Lake Odessa, in Ionia County. I believe it is important to live in a county that the DSAWM serves, and I would love to bring more opportunities to our members who live in outlying areas. I look forward to continuing our organizational growth and serving our members. I love our community and am so thankful to continue to be a part of it!
Yours in Leadership,
Executive Director, DSAWM