See the abil­ity

P.E.I. woman shares mes­sage of in­clu­sion in video se­ries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Al­ber­ton res­i­dent Janet Charchuk shares a mes­sage about in­clu­siv­ity in a new video se­ries, ‘ See the Abil­ity: If you lis­ten, you can see a lot.’

The se­ries was pro­duced by the Cana­dian Down Syn­drome So­ci­ety’s (CDSS).

“My abil­ity,” Charchuk ad­vises view­ers, “is that I’m able to speak up for peo­ple who can­not speak up for them­selves, and to be an ad­vo­cate to be able to help oth­ers.”

And Charchuk has been speak­ing up a lot and for many.

She re­cently com­pleted a 10year term as a mem­ber of Voices at the Ta­ble for Ad­vo­cacy, CDSS’s steer­ing com­mit­tee.

In 2013, she rep­re­sented Canada at the United Na­tions for World Down Syn­drome Day and met with Am­bas­sador Guillermo E. Rishchyn­ski, Canada’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN.

Ear­lier this year she was key­note speaker at Down Syn­drome Fam­ily Net­work in Trinidad and Tobago, where she met the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter.

In 2014, Charchuk was awarded Down Syn­drome In­ter­na­tional’s World Down Syn­drome Day self-ad­vo­cate award.

The CDSS video can be viewed at


Janet Charchuk be­ing ac­knowl­edged fol­low­ing a key­note ad­dress in Trinidad and Tobago in March.

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