Career Opportunity – Administrative Coordinator


A full-time Administrative Coordinator works directly with our small dynamic team and reports to the Executive Director.


The Edmonton Down Syndrome Society (EDSS) is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals born with Down syndrome. We provide opportunities and experiences for our members to learn, grow and strive for their individual potential in home, school and community life from Edmonton and area continuing to northern Alberta. Established in 1995 and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, it is a non-profit, charitable organization. As prudent stewards of donor dollars, EDSS works diligently ensuring we efficiently and effectively raise and manage gifts. EDSS has two major annual events, several third party fundraisers, dedicated stewards and many community champions.


You are a confident, composed, self-motivated person, who loves to learn. You have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills combined with several years of office management experience. You are open minded and can balance changing priorities. You have that special ability to connect and build relationships with a variety of people from children, teens, volunteers, donors, community members, medical professionals and persons with disabilities. You have some flexibility within your personal schedule to work occasional evenings, weekends or at special events.


  • Strong administrative background, reception, basic book-keeping and advanced computer skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of using a database to build and maintain information
  • Experience with project based duties, events and deadlines
  • Warmly working with staff, therapists, interns and volunteers
  • Experience with persons with a disability or marginalized populations is an asset


  • Must pass extensive criminal record check
  • Must have a valid driver’s license


  • A college diploma or university degree in a related field is considered an asset


A positive, team-oriented, friendly, flexible, work environment, full benefits and a maximum annual salary of $32,000 awaits the successful candidate.

Applications will be accepted by email to the Executive Director at until May 1, 2015.

EDSS hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.


Will learning signs delay my child’s speech?

From the Signing Time™ website

Many parents fear that signing will delay or further delay speech. The experience of families who sign with their children is quite the opposite.

Signing Time has received endorsements from speech and language pathologists and other specialists encouraging the use of sign language with all children. Signing and using gestures to communicate is natural. Waving “bye bye”, pointing, and reaching arms up are simple signs used by most children.

Rachel Coleman, co-creator of Signing Time said, “When we found out Leah was deaf, many people warned us to be careful with signing. They said, ‘If she gets too comfortable signing, she will never speak.’ Their intentions were good, but they were absolutely wrong.

“Luckily, we first gave Leah a complete language in signs, only then was she able to take time to work on the skill of labeling those signs through her speech. English is a language. American Sign Language is a language. Spanish is a language. But speech, it is a skill.”

Giving your child a language before they are able to master the skill of verbal communication can help reduce your child’s frustrations. Signing also involves parents in a fun and easy way to help support communication goals at home.

Signing makes communication possible – or easier. Signs can be used as a primary communication tool, or to help clarify spoken words. If your goal is communication, then signing can meet that need before your child is developmentally able to speak.

Why Teach your Baby Sign Language?

From the Signing Time™ website

When children’s hands are moving, their minds are learning.

Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, but the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is a frustration and tantrums.

On the other hands, the motor skills required to use sign language develop much sooner than spoken language.  Children who learn baby sign language can start using signs as early as 6 to 9 months! The result is a baby who can express her wants and needs.

For babies, sign language is a visual language. Many basic signs resemble what they mean. For example, to sign ball, you show the shape of a ball with your hands. See some examples on our Baby Sign Language Dictionary. This makes sign language fun and easy for kids.

Teaching your baby sign language can unlock the world around them and give their minds a head start.

  • Open a window to your child’s heart & mind
  • Reduce tantrums & increase bonding
  • Build vocabulary & instill confidence
  • Cognitive benefits of being bilingual

NEW! Support Group for Parents Of Young Adults with Down Syndrome

Parent and member, Kate Harrington (mom of Zoe Heide) would like to facilitate a Parent Group for members with young adults aged 16 to 30. The purpose of the group is to provide support, encouragement and share information between parents who are facing, going through and have transitioned to the adult world of developmental disability.

The intention for the group is that it will be a safe place to tell your stories, express your frustrations, share your triumphs and learn from each other so we all don’t have to take this journey alone.

We expect to meet for two hours, one evening per month at the EDSS office. To determine what direction the group takes, please fill out the following.

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Urbanity Custom Homes PSA for Down syndrome in Edmonton airs on Global TV

You may have seen some familiar faces on Global TV this month, and heard a familiar tune.

Urbanity Custom Homes Ltd, sponsor of the Uniquely Me song and video which launched last September, has generously donated air time on Global TV to present this video.

Feel free to share this with your friends on social media!

Moms Group and Dads Group

These are fun evenings where moms or dads get together to share advice and stories. They are informal gatherings, ranging in group size, and may involve an activity.  This is a group for parents but babes in arms are welcome.

Contact the office for more information: 780-944-4224

Mom’s Group Schedule – 2015

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 – Host Valerie Myrmo

The next Mom’s Night Out will be hosted by Valerie Myrmo at her home in Millwoods, located at 3432-78 Street on Friday, March 27. Please RSVP, before Wed. March 25.

Dedicated to improving the lives of individuals born with Down syndrome