Odette Bourgeois (volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of BC) and her parents
Like many, I volunteer because of my personal experience with the disease. I first connected with the Society after a visit with my parents where I realized that something had changed with my mother. Suspecting that Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia might be involved, I became aware of the Society while doing research, and subsequently enrolled in the Family Caregiver series at the Alzheimer Society of BC. The knowledge I gained was particularly important because it helped me understand and accept what was happening with my mother – and later with my father, who also received a diagnosis.
After participating in support groups and workshops, I found myself inspired to volunteer and give back. I volunteer at the Vancouver Resource Centre, preparing materials for different dementia education sessions and doing general office work, and at the Society’s Provincial Office, where I gather statistical data that will help the Society better serve people living with dementia.
With both my parents now passed away, while the journey is over for my family, staying connected with the Society has allowed me to give back after receiving support. There are several people in my life who are affected by the disease. I’ve been able to help connect them to the Society here in BC but also throughout Canada and abroad.
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