The staff, volunteers and board of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories are strongly committed to supporting people living with dementia, their care partners and their families.
Meet Mark Johnson - First Link®/Intake Coordinator
Giving back to others is something that comes naturally to Mark Johnson. He was the primary caregiver and support for his wife Shirlianne, who was not only dealing with dementia but was also battling breast cancer. After she passed away, Mark wanted to honour his wife, and decided to become a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mark wanted to give back because of all the support he received from the Society. “It would’ve been easy for me to run to the hills after my wife passed, but then I thought I’m not helping anybody, including myself.”
Mark’s volunteering has now evolved into working for the Society as a First Link®/Intake Coordinator. An important message he shares with clients who are care partners is “if you don’t look after yourself as the caregiver, you can’t really help the person going through the disease.”
Having experienced the disease first-hand, Mark brings compassion, understanding and shares his knowledge everyday with those living with dementia.