Despite not loving, public speaking, Tara has found herself in that role as an Advocate.
She has given a Ted Talk, been a Keynote speaker at numerous conferences including the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Upside Downs New Orleans & The Breakout Project.
She has been on Huffington Post Live, City TV Line, CBC Radio, The Mighty, Love What Matters, numerous news stations & helped create a mini-documentary for AMI about #DifferentIsBeautiful.
Happy Soul Project has even been featured in People, on Good Morning America and the Today Show.
Tara has also found herself in front of numerous Universities giving talks to future Doctors & Teachers, in hope of changing some of what she experienced in hospitals or schools with her daughter Pip, thus far.
Because of her work within schools, and the desire and need for the #DifferentIsBeautiful message to spread, Happy Soul Project University Clubs were created.
Numerous Universities including, Queen’s, University of Toronto, Brock, Wilfred Laurier, Trent and University of Windsor created student based clubs that helped run Elementary school talks, held inclusive playdates, ran programs for children & their siblings with disabilities and even held fundraisers including 12 hr bike-a-thons, skydiving & students & Noal, Tara’s oldest son, shaving their heads to give hair to kids in need.
Happy Soul Project is very active in their local Kingston community working with the City to bring awareness & more inclusion. From getting the city to declare March 21st as World Down syndrome Day, working on policy changes, helping to fundraise for the local Hospital [Kingston Health Sciences Centre], providing Hero Kits to children at Kid’s Inclusive, collaborating with the Rocking Horse to launch a Bubble Parade, partnering with our local OHL Kingston Frontenacs who rocked unique hockey socks & a music program from Hart Studio for many years.
Through the work of Happy Soul Project, Tara was honoured to be a CKWS TV Community Champion & given the City of Kingston Celebrating Accessibility Award in recognition of making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.