Outstanding volunteers honoured at the Society’s 2016 AGM
On Tuesday September 27, 2016, at its Annual General Meeting, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. celebrated several outstanding volunteers in an awards ceremony. These volunteers best represent the Society’s core values of compassion, integrity and respect, leadership and teamwork.
Myrna Norman receiving the Mike Crowe Award of Hope. From left to right: Society Chief Executive Officer Maria Howard, Myrna Norman, Support & Education Coordinator Dorothy LeClair (and her dog, McCartney), past Board Chair Michele Buchignani and incoming Board Chair Christine Penney.
"We are a volunteer-driven organization with over 400 volunteers who work alongside our 85 employees to support British Columbians affected by dementia as well as their care partners. Our work is amplified by the generous contributions of these committed volunteers,” said Chief Executive Officer, Maria Howard.For a description of the Society’s volunteer award categories, please visit the Volunteer Awards page. This year’s volunteer awards were awarded as follows:
Mike Crowe Award of Hope
The 2016 recipient of the Mike Crowe Award of Hope is Myrna Norman. Myrna has co-facilitated the Maple Ridge Early Stage Support Groups for several years. She has regularly represented the Society at community wellness events, distributing materials, taking donations and answering questions. Myrna publicly shares the ways in which her diagnosis has affected her life with great candour. She was acknowledged as a tremendously strong advocate for the Society’s services, and a source of inspiration for many other people living with dementia.
Twigg White Award of Merit
The 2016 recipient of the Twigg White Award of Merit is Tim Hicks. Tim is a volunteer with a distinct understanding of caregiving. Tim first connected with the Society when his mother was diagnosed with dementia. A tireless volunteer, Tim has worked in many capacities to help deliver support, information and education, primarily in the Victoria and North Fraser area. By sharing his experience of loss and grief – both in the Society’s fundraising efforts and in a powerful resource for caregivers used province-wide – he has helped raise awareness of the Society’s programs and services and has made a positive impact on its fundraising efforts. Tim was honoured for his passion and loyalty to the Society and its work.
Lola Turik Community Service Award
The 2016 recipient of the Lola Turik Community Service Award is Joan Hibbard, a volunteer based in Sechelt. Joan has been volunteering with the Society for several decades. She has played an active role in organizing, promoting and facilitating extensive education sessions and caregiver support groups on the Sunshine Coast. She was also instrumental in starting a local Minds in Motion® program and worked with Society staff to promote the Representation Agreement legislation on the Lower Sunshine Coast.
Joan was recognized for the compassion and care she has displayed for those in her community affected by dementia and for those who work with people with dementia.
Clyde and Lanny Slade Leadership Award
The 2016 recipient of the Clyde and Lanny Slade Leadership Award was Geri Hinton, a long-time volunteer and keen supporter of the Society. Geri was a caregiver for eight years for her late husband, Peter, who had dementia. Geri’s work has brought awareness of the disease to a broader audience with the goal of garnering support for families living with dementia.
She is a member of the Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities Leadership Group for Caregivers as well as the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative. Through panel discussions, presentations, and media interviews, as well as meetings in Victoria with Members of the Legislative Assembly, she has shared her story and commitment to creating a better world for people living with dementia.
Geri was unable to be present at the ceremony; however, she was applauded for being an inspirational leader and dedicated advocate.
For more information about volunteering with the Society, please visit the Volunteer section of our website.