by PR Admin | August 30, 2011 5:57 pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 and per government directions, PREP will be closed until further notice.

We will be contacting members shortly with updates.

Thank you for your patience while we work through this.

Learn all about PREP, click here[1]

Learn all about PREP, click here[2]


The PREP Program (PREP) is where families, who have a child with Down syndrome, find expert advice, innovative services, and best of all, hope, for their child’s future. The goal is “inclusion for life” and that begins in the home, continues at school, then leads to an independent life with a meaningful job. Parents connect in a welcoming, supportive community that accepts their child’s disability yet challenges them to expect more.

PREP partners with government, community sponsors, and individual donors to provide educational, therapy and family support services that enable each child to achieve his or her own unique potential and help parents become their child’s best advocate.

At PREP it is all about “inclusion for life” and it is happening in Calgary first!

About PREP

Our dedicated staff are here to support families along their unique journey of parenting a child with Down syndrome.  Our goal is that each becomes a contributing member of the community, enjoying all the rights and responsibilities that being a caring, contributing member of the community entails. We welcome families from out of town, province and country to visit PREP on a Outreach basis. Parents can book a speech-language therapy consult for their child or meet with an Inclusion Strategist and access resources from PREP Links.


The Woodridge PREP Centre is pleased to provide our families with current resources on Down syndrome, child development and parenting. In addition, articles are available for download on our website. ‘Like’ PREP on Facebook[3] and visit our page regularly for inspirational stories and photos. Join a community of  caring parents who share your journey.


PREP offers programs for children with Down syndrome from 14 months – 18 years. Signing-up is easy as parents self-refer. A great first step is to book a tour of the Woodridge PREP Centre. Our Family Support team will be pleased to answer your questions and assist you with registering. Please contact, Annamarie Zobatar at (403) 282-5011 ext. 125 or email at azobatar@prepprogram.ca[4] to book an appointment when you’re ready.


Private Speech-Language Therapy
In addition to weekly programs parents can also register for private speech-language therapy[5] , reading tutoring or private occupational therapy consults. Appointments can be weekly, biweekly, or occasional depending on your child’s needs.

Inclusion Resource Centre
Discover the potential in every student!  The Inclusion Resource Centre is the place to learn best practices for including students with Down syndrome in regular classes, community activities, and the workplace. Click here to read more >>

Partners in the Community:

Click here to read more![6]

  1. [Image]: http://www.prepprog.org/?p=3765
  2. Learn all about PREP, click here: http://www.prepprog.org/?p=3765
  3. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PREPProg
  4. azobatar@prepprogram.ca: mailto:azobatar@prepprogram.ca
  5. private speech-language therapy: https://www.prepprogram.ca/wp-content/uploads/FFS-FLyer-2016.pdf
  6. Click here to read more!: http://www.prepprog.org/?page_id=315

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=24

PREP’s 1st Annual Art Auction

by PR Admin | May 15, 2019 10:46 am

We are excited to invite everyone to PREP’s 1st Annual Art Auction! This fun, family friendly event is our way to celebrate the skills and abilities of ALL Calgarians as PREP members and local artists come together to share their talents and creations. Please join us June 1st any time between 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the PREP Woodridge Centre (2004 12th Ave NW). This event will include live music, a kids space, a live art creation, performances by our members, and a range of art pieces for sale donated by both individuals with Down syndrome and the local art community. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event that celebrates the abilities of all Calgarians through creative and artistic expressions.

Date and Time
Sat, 1 June 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT

Woodridge PREP Centre
2004 12 Ave NW
CALGARY, Alberta T2N 1J7

Over 10 local artists will have their artwork on display and have donated their pieces for our auction, including:

Jill Paddock – www.jillpaddockart.com[1]

Jennifer Vollmer – www.grandcerulean.com[2]

Le.lou.ula – Linktr.ee/Le.lou.ula[3]

Cory Nespor – www.corynespor.com[4]

Tiffany Lynn Cuffley – www.tiffanylynncuffley.com[5]
and many more!

Click here to purchase the tickets online[6]

Tickets are free for children under 12 and only $5 for everyone else. You can purchase your tickets today by clicking the following link[7].

Interested in becoming a PREP Partner and sponsoring this event? Click below to see our sponsorship options for individuals and companies looking to make a difference.

Art Auction Sponsorship Package[8]

Sponsorship Sign-up Form [9]

Date and Time
Sat, 1 June 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT

Woodridge PREP Centre
2004 12 Ave NW
CALGARY, Alberta T2N 1J7

These tickets are being sold as part of Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink. PREP is excited to be an Official Charity Partner of this event, and every dollar raised through this program will be generously matched up to 50%. You can learn more about this event and donate directly to PREP here: https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/prep/[10]


  1. www.jillpaddockart.com: http://www.jillpaddockart.com
  2. www.grandcerulean.com: http://www.grandcerulean.com
  3. Linktr.ee/Le.lou.ula: http://Linktr.ee/Le.lou.ula
  4. www.corynespor.com: http://www.corynespor.com
  5. www.tiffanylynncuffley.com: http://www.tiffanylynncuffley.com
  6. Click here to purchase the tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prep-art-auction-celebration-of-abilities-through-the-arts-tickets-61008872179
  7. link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prep-art-auction-celebration-of-abilities-through-the-arts-tickets-61008872179?utm_source=PREP&utm_campaign=d254149b95-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_28_10_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2c90f7c3b6-d254149b95-73719225
  8. Art Auction Sponsorship Package: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kQ0YbBPSQ674COHYQfrQkSC_ym2vSKqp84KUulgK_bk/edit
  9. Sponsorship Sign-up Form : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-OO6ILGHRy8GwVXQubCd7b6UaRDZnHwO3_sydrdiGVd-8SA/viewform
  10. https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/prep/: https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/prep/
  11. [Image]: https://www.prepprogram.ca/wp-content/uploads/shwbirdiesforkidslogolockup.png

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=3992

PREP Alumni Dazzles On the Ice

by PR Admin | March 28, 2018 12:05 pm

When Noriko Ohsada put her three daughters in figure skating lessons, it was a way to keep them active and entertained — and having all her girls in the same program was convenient for the busy mom.

She had no expectations of her girls, and certainly no idea that the eldest, Meg, would go on to compete and win medals at an international level, perform dance on stages a world away, and become an inspiration to people in her hometown of Canmore, and around the world.

Those achievements would make any parent proud, but for Noriko Ohsada the feeling is particularly strong because Meg, now 23, has done it all while also changing the perception of people with Down syndrome.

Read the rest of the story here[1]

  1. Read the rest of the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/meg-ohsada-figure-skater-1.4591119

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=3891

Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets

by PR Admin | February 13, 2018 2:00 pm

Please join us in welcoming…

We are delighted to announce that Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets is joining the PREP family. Founder Krista Rowland-Collins and her volunteer team deliver gift baskets to new families in the hospital to congratulate them on the birth of their child.  All items in the baskets are 100% donated. This service is a wonderful match with PREP’s mission to provide exceptional family centered services that empower parents to advocate for their child’s full citizenship in the community.

“I started Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets because I feel that families who have a baby born with Down syndrome deserve to hear ‘congratulations’ and that ‘it will be ok’.

Families aren’t always given the diagnosis in a comforting and loving way, instead they are told that something is wrong with their baby or they hear ‘I’m sorry, but your baby has Down syndrome’.

Every baby deserves a warm welcome.

It is quite the shock to be given the news and it is overwhelming and your mind races and fear takes over.

I want to provide a family with some comfort, answer questions and reassure them that although it wasn’t the journey that they expected, it will be beautiful.”

Founder: Krista Rowland-Collins

PREP looks forward to connecting with new families and welcoming them to the Woodridge PREP Centre. It is empowering for parents to meet other families who share their parenting journey and learn about all the wonderful services available at the Woodridge PREP Centre to support their family for many years to come.

For more information about Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets please click on this link[1]

  1. For more information about Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets please click on this link: http://adelesovertherainbowbaskets.org/resources/

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=3842

Shaw Charity Classic: Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

by PR Admin | February 6, 2018 2:41 pm

August 29 – September 2, 2018
Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club

PREP is participating in Birdies for Kids!

The PREP Program is an official 2018 Birdies for Kids Charity.  When you choose PREP as your charity to donate to we will receive up to 50% in matching funds.

Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) is a non for profit program run under the Calgary Charity Classic Foundation. All donations through BFK are matched 50%.

The SHAW Charity Classic is a PGA tour Champions event featuring professional golfers among the likes of:
Golf Hall of Famers: Tom Watson, Fred Couples, and Colin Montgomerie.

The event runs August 29 – September 2 2018 at the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. This is a family friendly venue with lots of activities for the kids.

All donations made through Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink will be matched up to 50% making your donation an even bigger impact.

PREP is proud to participate in this world class event! More information will follow as the excitement builds for the SHAW Charity Classic.

Make your donation to The PREP Program HERE[1]

Click to read the Letter of Endorsement[2]

Thank you for your support!

  1. Make your donation to The PREP Program HERE: https://shawcharityclassic.com/donatenow/
  2. Click to read the Letter of Endorsement: http://www.prepprog.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-of-Endorsement_BFK.pdf

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=3829

Thank you Harvest Energy!

by PR Admin | December 4, 2017 5:36 pm

Our sincere thanks to Harvest Energy for their workplace fundraising campaign.

They raised over $2000 for the PREP Program!

Source URL: https://www.prepprogram.ca/?p=3818