Letter from the Founder
Sep 10, 2020 by

Dear Parents,

I hope my letter finds you well and you are adjusting to the brand new world we live in.

Due to Covid-19 and the demands it brings with it, it has without a doubt been a very different and extremely difficult year so far. I’m not sure what the new normal should look like yet, but I hope things improve very soon and our children can be let loose again.

Over the last 8 months I have had plenty of time to think about the charity and my business. I have many personal and business goals I would like to achieve and with this in mind I have decided to step down as Chairman of the DSC and try to at least have a go at some of those goals.

I am hugely proud of the work I have done as founder of the Centre, and at one stage last year we were able to say that we were helping 200 children with Down syndrome, on a weekly basis, to achieve their goals. It gave me enormous pleasure to see how the kids progressed. I will miss that terribly.

I would not have being able to achieve this without a fantastic team behind me. I’m not going to single out anybody in particular, but you should all be very proud of what you have achieved. You have all made the Centre a wonderful place for the kids, and of course the parents.

I wish every parent and child the very best of health and good luck for the future.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Gaw

Message from the Board

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Down Syndrome Centre we are extremely sorry to see Peter step down as Chairman and move on from the charity.

Peter, as founder, had a strong vision to develop a centre that encompassed all the essential supports and services giving those with Down Syndrome the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential in life.

Through his determination and dedication for the last 18 years he should be very proud of the legacy he is leaving behind, a thriving environment that is supporting those goals and expanding year on year.

Without his vision we wouldn’t have a centre today and we know many are going to miss his friendly face and the genuine interest he has shown to every child and parent that has passed through our doors. The Children’s Christmas parties will not be the same without the Founder in Red.

We would like to wish Peter and his family all the very best for the future and finally to say a Huge THANK YOU for the years of hope, happiness and friendships you have provided to so many families and children around the country.

Sharon Dagg
Chief Executive Officer
Down Syndrome Centre