In 1989, Theresa Preston was inspired by her child, who has Down syndrome, to establish a foundation that provides information, support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the general public. Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society connects families with the services and support they need, as well as working to increase public awareness, network with other organizations and lobby for educational, vocational and social opportunities.
As a woman in today’s world, Ms. Preston’s tenacity and ability to get things done have greatly attributed to her success. Looking to the future, she hopes to gain more funding to set up additional programs and subsidies for families, as well as find a larger building.
Ms. Preston’s commitment to helping others has not gone unnoticed. She has received a number of awards and certificates of appreciation from a variety of organizations and societies; however she believes that the greatest award lies in knowing she is improving the quality of life for others. In addition to her work with her nonprofit, she is also supports the efforts of the Vela Microboard Association, the Orphan Wildlife Society, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, the Semiahmoo House Society and the Surrey Association for Community Living.
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