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Julia Lane Breaks 4 World Records!

Julia Lane has just broken 4 World Records!    An award ceremony will take place on Saturday December 7th at 5:45 on the pool deck to present Julia with her World Record Certificates.  The 20 year old swimmer from Windsor is the new World Down Syndrome Short Course record holder in the 50 fly, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. Julia broke her first three records on November 3rd at a small meet in Windsor. Three weeks later in London, Ontario, Julia added another record in the 400 free with a time of 6:58.72. These amazing accomplishments were unbeknownst to her family at the time. It wasn’t until a fellow athlete with Down Syndrome and record holder from the East Coast...

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“Off To College” December Playgroup

We had a fantastic turnout last night for our Down syndrome community playgroup at St. Clair College. I loved seeing all the parents talk with each other, laugh, and smile while their kids played. It's such an honour to spend a couple hours with these families, and catch up with everyone! We have the BEST volunteers ever, who come out each time with positive attitudes, and last night their very best Christmas sweaters!!  Yes!!! They hugged - SWOON!!! This group is open to anyone in the local Down syndrome community that has children ages 0-12. Please feel free to email me for more information on how you can attend the next playgroup. We absolutely LOVE welcoming new families!!!

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Sharing Our Story

This week I had the honour and privilege of sharing our story, our family, our experiences, and our passion with 2 amazing groups of future educators. I always feel so grateful to have the attention of these young learners. Grateful to have them hopefully leave with a more detailed, accurate portrayal of what a family raising a child with a disability might look like. I am hopeful that they leave with an understanding of the impact that they themselves, have on a child's education and potentially that child's family as a whole.  Thank you so much for having me this week new friends and future educators!! You truly make me so excited for the future of education.       ...

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Off To College Fall Playgroup

We are BACK!!!! The "OFF to COLLEGE" playgroup had it's first official gathering of the 2019 school year. This is a group that CHF has started in partnership with St. Clair College to welcome new families into the Down syndrome community. It is also, a space where friends who already know each other get a chance to connect, talk, and share experiences and ideas with each other. Raising a child with Down syndrome is a lot like raising any child, however at times it is valuable to be able to speak to others that have had similar experiences. It is comforting to chat with other parents who are compassionate to your specific situation and can relate to exactly how you might be feeling.  What a...

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Welcome to Our New Look!

Hey guys! Lots of exciting things going on at CHF. We have much to share. First and foremost you can see we have a fancy new website. We're quite excited and we feel that you will love it too. Our focus is to streamline the content to make everything easier, like buy merchandise, donate and find our contact info. You'll also notice we now have one "news" area where we will share all the events and goings-on here at Chasing Hazel, so please check back often. You may have also noticed we have a brand-spankin' new brand identity and logo. As we grow we need a brand that will be more flexible and something that represents us through this growth....

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