About

Inspiring families on the journey of inclusion for their child with Down syndrome.

Starting at two and a half years old, we support and empower children and teens. We provide reading instruction, speech-language therapy, and many other services.

We empower parents to advocate for their child’s full citizenship in the community and help parents connect in a welcoming, supportive community that accepts their child’s disability yet challenges them to expect more.

We encourage teachers to make learning to speak up clearly and confidently a reality for each client.

PREP Values

Parent Involvement

We are family

Partnerships

You and me together

Inclusion

I believe I belong

Challenge

Just watch me

Acceptance

I do too belong

Board of Directors

Curtis Slater

Executive Director

Curtis is the Executive Director of PREP and has been working in the nonprofit and education sectors for over 13 years. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who face barriers, and has spent his entire career focused on making a significant social impact for those who need it most.

Curtis and his wife Karyn have 4 young boys who keep them very busy. Their oldest, Jake, has Down syndrome and has been attending PREP since he was just a baby. “PREP has been an incredible part of our journey, and I am excited that I get to lead such an amazing organization to serve others in the same way our family has been served.”

Mark Adolf

President

Mark is a business entrepreneur and a proud family man raising two young sons. “While I don’t have a direct connection to Down syndrome, I am inspired to volunteer for PREP because I believe everyday people can work together to make their community a better place to be for all of us.”

When Mark is not working or volunteering, he is busy enjoying the great outdoors with his family – a source of great inspiration to him. A sense of humour is also very important to Mark – when he was in Grade 12, he enrolled in Clown School, and he still has a couple of tricks up his sleeve!

Belinda Mendes

Vice President

Belinda has a MA in Counselling Psychology and works as a Family Counsellor on the Mental Health Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is also a mom to two wonderful children.

“When our first child was born with Down syndrome, I felt like I had another calling of sorts – to be more involved in his world. He is my inspiration, one of my main reasons for being on the PREP Board of Directors.”

Jean Lemire

Treasurer

Jean is an accountant and the proud dad of an inquisitive preschooler. “Our little guy has Down syndrome, and PREP has been a huge part of his life since he was 6 months old.”

He is inspired by ongoing learning opportunities and building long-term relationships – both of which are integral to being on the Board.

Amidst the busy tempo of life, his family makes time for fun. You’ll find them outdoors – slow pitch and camping in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter.

Adrienne Murray

Secretary

Adrienne is taking a break from her oil and gas career to stay at home with her two wonderful children and a very energetic Labrador puppy. “I am inspired everyday by both my children – my son, who has Down syndrome, because he has an incredible joy for life despite the extra challenges he faces, and my older daughter because she has loved and supported her brother unconditionally since the day he was born.”

She is volunteering on the Board of Directors because PREP has had such a positive impact on her son’s life. She sees it as a great way to combine her business expertise with her passion for the future of PREP, and the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.

Jasper Buys

Director

Jasper is a consultant with a background in Psychology, Organizational Psychology and Program Evaluation. Him and his wife moved to Calgary from Cape Town South Africa (via Athabasca, AB) and have made it their home, along with our daughter and Labrador. “I’ve been wanting to get involved with a program like PREP for many years, inspired by my middle brother and how my parents had to seek out the support to give him the best opportunities to develop and thrive. I serve on this board gladly and in honour of my brother, stepfather, and late mother.”

Jasper is an avid chorister and downhill skier, and has made it his unofficial job to introduce friends and strangers to some of South Africa’s amazing wines.

Keith Peterson

Director

Keith and his wife are the proud parents of two amazing boys. Their youngest son has Down syndrome and he benefited from going through the early learning and early childhood services programs at PREP. Keith is a Human Resources professional who has spent the last twenty years working in leadership roles in large, unionized employers. He has recently started his own consulting company providing Human Resources support to employers. “PREP is at a significant time in its history and I’m excited to be able to contribute to shaping the future by serving on the board.”

Neal Zimmer

Director

What do you like to do in your spare time? Golf, watch hockey, play games & cards, travel, take road trips.
What inspires you? My children, a good book, supporting worthy causes.
Why are you volunteering for non-profit world. What emotional reasons? I want to support and give back to the organizations that support my family.
Who is a hero of yours? My son Nolan
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I used to sing country music.