World Down Syndrome Day has special meaning for Orillia family

When Sarah Valiquette-Thompson looks at her bright-eyed son, she doesn’t see a child with Down syndrome.

“He’s just Harvey,” she says with a smile. “He’s his own person. He’s a beautiful, healthy little baby. Yes, he has an extra chromosome, but he’s just Harvey.”

That is the message the Orillia city councillor and her family want to share today on World Down Syndrome Day.

“This is a huge day for our community and the message we want to send is around inclusion, acceptance – that all people are beautiful,” she says. “It’s important to kind of retract that judgment, to detach that label, to recognize everyone is unique and embrace everybody.”

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