Letter: A call out to Tri-Cities volunteers concerned with dementia

The Editor,

On behalf of the Alzheimer Society of BC, I would like to thank Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows residents for their support of the 2019 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, and invite them to become involved with the event in 2020.

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The Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows was one of 21 communities that came together May 5 to honour and remember people who have been affected by dementia. Local residents raised more than $18,000, which contributed to the more than $1.1 million raised across the province. Without this funding, the Alzheimer Society would not be able to deliver local programs and services and support research into the causes of and cures for dementia.

The Tri-Cities event honoured Arvie Bourgeault, who graciously gave the gift of her story to help reduce stigma associated with the disease and let other people on the dementia journey know they are not alone.

On the ground, each event is organized by a dedicated volunteer committee, without whom the event would not be possible. Huge thanks to the Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows committee for its incredible work.

You can help us build on the incredible success of this event next year. We are currently recruiting motivated volunteers to organize and implement the 2020 event and a variety of organizing committee roles are available. To learn more or to apply for a volunteer role, visit alzbc.org/walk or contact Matt Brooks at mbrooks@alzheimerbc.org or 604-681-6530.

Thank you once more to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Together, we make memories matter.

Also, if you have questions about dementia, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936- 6033. Support is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi. Visit alzheimerbc.org to learn more.

Sara Wagner, Fraser Region, Alzheimer Society of BC

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