“I was born with Down Syndrome and I say SO WHAT? I’m proud to have been born with designer genes!” said Tanya Ponich at the 2nd annual Dream Big event. I’m still in total awe at how articulate and witty Tanya was that night on stage. After hearing both her and Joey Moss address the crowd, I through most of what I thought I knew about Down Syndrome out the window. Andy Hubbard was an inspiration as he spoke about overcoming life’s big obstacles while living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Ryan, a young man with Autism, didn’t miss a beat with his band The Ryan McTavish Band!
This was truly a beautiful event organized by very caring people. The purpose was to celebrate diversity, practice inclusion, and recognize the talents and abilities of all people. I was proud to have been there and to have my live graphic recording projected on a large screen on stage. I think the pictures and colours helped many in the room follow along with the empowering stories that were shared that night.