Livewires/Dynomite: Our social clubs have been active and growing since 2006! Originally started as Lisa’s Livewires, MDSS social clubs were initiated by parents looking to provide social and parent-free gatherings for their youth.
In 2014, as the next group of youth with Down syndrome entered their teen years, parents again came forward seeking fun and social opportunities for their youth to expand friendships. By coming together they were able to start Dynomite, our second social club for youth with Down syndrome.
In 2016, after consultations with parents and staff, Livewires and Dynomite have come together as a single club for youth and young adults with Down syndrome ages 13 and up. Since then, we have seen an expansion in friendships and fun as our young people continue to gather two Saturday evenings a month between September and June.
Youth, supervised by staff and volunteers (no parents allowed!), socialize with peers while participating in karaoke, shooting hoops, playing boards games, making crafts, hanging out and more. In addition, we plan several outings per year. Group favourites have included bowling and mini golf!
Registration is open to current members of the MDSS only. Registration fees are $150 per year, due in September. This fee helps us to cover the cost of staff, snacks, supplies, and the venue; MDSS subsidizes the balance of costs for the program.
Because we recognize that sometimes you just need to ‘test the waters’ before jumping in, we would be happy to welcome you and your young person to one gathering free before registering for the year (opportunity available to MDSS members only, limited to one free attendance at a regular social club gathering, excluding outings or special events). New registrants will be required to fill out a registration form. Registration forms can be acquired from the social club coordinator, Brandy, at the email below.
Please contact Brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
Buddy Nights: Buddy Nights happen 5 or 6 times a year for our young adults. Parent coordinators create an event and advertise it to the membership. It is open to any young adult who is an MDSS member can register. Registration is limited, and is on a first come, first served basis. Past Buddy Night activities have included attending dances and karaoke nights at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, bowling and pizza nights at Academy Lanes, dinner out at a variety of restaurants, and even dinner and a play at Celebrations Dinner Theatre. Parent coordinators and paid staff oversee each event. Costs are determined based on the activity, and fees are collected by the parent coordinators. MDSS subsidizes the balance of the costs. Announcements of Buddy Nights, along with directions for registering, are sent to members by email, and they will also appear in the News and Events sections of the website.