Meet our first Development Officer in the Okanagan: Magda Kapp
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is pleased to announce the exciting addition of a new member of its team, based in the Society’s Kelowna Alzheimer Resource Centre. Magda Kapp, known for her long-standing position as Director of Prevention Services and Community Engagement with the non-profit organization BrainTrust Canada, has taken on the newly-created role of Development Officer for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
In her 13 years with BrainTrust Canada, Magda furthered brain health education and injury prevention in the Okanagan through community outreach and fundraising initiatives, including her work alongside municipalities and service clubs. She is currently on the board of directors for the Okanagan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and will oversee this year's National Philanthropy Day in Kelowna.
As the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s first Development Officer based outside of its provincial office in Vancouver, Magda will oversee the Anything for Alzheimer’s initiative which enables independent fundraisers from across B.C. to host their own fundraisers. Magda will also launch Kelowna’s inaugural Breakfast to Remember fundraising event in 2020. Breakfast to Remember events happen annually in Vancouver and Victoria.
“Over 70 per cent of our funding support comes directly from donors in the community, which enables us to support people affected by dementia here in the Okanagan and across the province,” says the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Director of Resource Development, Cathryn France. “Magda’s passion for community building and her knowledge of brain health are invaluable tools in helping people understand the direct impact they can have in supporting people affected by dementia, and changing the future of the disease. We’re so pleased to welcome Magda into this important role.”
For Magda, who has witnessed the increasing number of people in the area affected by dementia and within her own family, it was the right time to join the Society.
“We have an aging population and dementia is top of mind,” Magda says. “Connecting to the community and building relationships is so essential. I am very much looking forward to joining the Alzheimer Society of B.C. team and bringing awareness of this important cause in our community.”
For more information on the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s programs and services or fundraising events, visit www.alzheimerbc.org.