The Community Dementia Ambassador Program (CDAP)
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories developed CDAP to support persons with dementia, families and care partners in rural and remote areas.
Community Dementia Ambassadors are volunteers who connect people to services, share information about resources, and serve as the Alzheimer Society representative in their community. They create relationships that go beyond a presentation or workshop, increasing the odds of making a sustainable and noticeable impact.
As a volunteer, you will learn about dementia and will receive training and ongoing support. You will be supported by an Alzheimer Society team/staff member through regular meetings and calls and be part of an online Dementia Ambassador Community of Practice on our online learning platform, ASANT Café. You will also have access to professional development opportunities to enhance your education and skills.
Community Dementia Ambassadors play a critical role in making their communities more knowledgeable about dementia by contributing a diversity of knowledge, skills and experiences.
If you have a passion for working within your community to make a positive difference in the lives of those living with dementia, the Alzheimer Society would like to hear from you.
Have questions please contact the Community Dementia Ambassador Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-950-5465. Ready to show your interest in becoming an Community Dementia Ambassador, submit your interest by completing our Rural Community Dementia Ambassador - Expression of Interest form
The CDAP Guide captures the best practices identified through the creation and implementation of the program. It offers guidance specific to the development and delivery of a CDAP, although it is anticipated that key parts of the program, such as community research, recruitment, onboarding, training, activities, evaluation and reporting, and exiting and offboarding (i.e., helping a volunteer exit the program) would apply to the majority of volunteer programs.