(For adults ages 19+)
The PAL19+ program is designed for adults with Down syndrome (DS) to meet new friends, promote independence and develop life skills through fun, social outings with other adults with DS.
Each month, the events will consist of a dinner and social organized, lead and fully supervised by the DSAT PAL19+ team consisting of professionals and volunteers. The group will venture to various restaurants throughout the city of Toronto, close to public transportation to dine and mingle with old friends and new.
All PAL19+ events are drop off programs. Should an adult require their own support person, please contact one of our team members to make arrangements.
Below is a list of upcoming events. Each month, DSAT will email the full event information including, restaurant details, directions and locations parents can visit while waiting/ dropping off their adult.
Meet the Team
Nisha is a volunteer board member of DSAT. Her passion for advocacy and wanting to do more is influenced by her younger brother with Down syndrome. She is a marketing and communications specialist working in the mining industry. Speaking to thousands of investors globally, she joined the DSAT to share her networking skills, connect with supporters and advance the organization’s mission. Nisha is committed to raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with disability.
Adam started volunteering with DSAT in February 2015. He created video content for World Down Syndrome Day, Buddy Walk and other events for use on the DSAT website along with all DSAT social media outlets. Adamactively participates in the organization and participation of PAL19+
monthly events with hopes of expanding the program and growing its membership.
Adamhas other volunteer experience in coaching various sports for kids under 13 for the Knights of Columbus. Adamhas worked as a sound engineer, video editorand content manager for most of his career.He enjoys running, hockey, scuba diving and writing music in his extra time.
Zoe is a Teacher Candidate at Queen's University (2016). She completed her BAH in concurrent education, psychology and religious studies. Zoe has a great passion for learning and providing every person the opportunity for a multitude of experiences! She is also an artist and uses art as a means of expression--believing that individuals of all ability can do the same! Zoe has taught in a variety of classrooms and finds such joy and appreciation for the support, friendship, and love that is involved with an inclusive community.
Nancy comes to DSAT with over 25 years of experience working with children as an Early Childhood Educator. She previously worked at the High Park Forest School for Visually Impaired Children, Bloorview and now works for DSAT Co-ordinating programs for the 6-12 and 0-3 age groups and also works at Holy Rosary School as a lunchtime supervisor. In her spare time she loves to cook and is an amateur photographer.
Tisha is a third year university student at the University of Toronto studying Criminology, Equity with an interest in disability and Woman and Gender Studies. During her spare time, she enjoys running her campus club Because We Care and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for advocacy and achieving equity for people with disabilities is strongly influenced by her younger brother with Down Syndrome. Her goal is to be involved with the Down Syndrome community and create inclusivity through fostering great relationships and friendships!
Karina de Freitas
Karina joined the DSAT PAL19+ program in January 2016, she is also the volunteer coordinator for the DSAT PAL1319 program. She works in the non-profit sector focusing on community relations and events. Growing up with a close relative with Down Syndrome, Karina is committed to assisting people with disabilities. With a passion for community development, she is excited to bring individuals within the Down Syndrome community together to build lasting relationships.
Sarah joined the DSAT PAL19+ program in January 2016. She is a young professional working as a communications associate in the mental health care sector. Sarah has had firsthand experience supporting a family member with Down Syndrome as well as volunteering as a one-on-one support worker for other young adults with disabilities. She is passionate about providing new experiences and resources to individuals in the Down Syndrome community.