The Alzheimer Society of B.C. believes in recognizing volunteers who exemplify our core values of compassion, integrity, respect, leadership and teamwork. Each year, we invite staff and volunteers to nominate inspiring volunteers for annual award recognition.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a volunteer-driven organization with over 750 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 our committed volunteers.
Every year we celebrate a group of truly exemplary volunteers, individuals who are part of the growing movement of people who understand and act on what it means to build a dementia-friendly society, in which dementia is lived out in the open, and those living with the disease have the support and care to live their best lives. Our award categories and the 2017 award recipients are listed below.
Recipient of the 2018 Award of Hope, inspired by Mike Crowe
Doug McMorland was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2002 and continues to volunteer as an early stage support group facilitator and speaker for Shaping the Journey in Surrey. Doug is open in sharing his own experience with the group and asks the right questions to help everyone share their own experiences living with dementia. Doug himself sees his volunteering as “a little bit selfish” because he is meeting good people, but he is aware that his presence as a co-facilitator gives group members the hope that not all is lost, that there are still ways to contribute after diagnosis. “I could sit at home and feel sorry for myself, but there is a lot out there, and I can make people aware of that.”
Mike Crowe worked closely with the Society in the late 90s, speaking out about his experience as a person living with dementia at a time when people simply weren’t talking about it. Recipients of this volunteer award are living with dementia and have demonstrated courage, leadership and support for others, as well as having acted as a role model while raising awareness.
Recipient of the 2018 Award of Merit, inspired by Twigg White
Wendy Landree has volunteered over 1,000 hours in just three years, providing essential front and back office support to the Kelowna Resource Centre. Wendy is a familiar presence at the Resource Centre for people affected by dementia, greeting them when they arrive for support groups and education sessions, and picking up the phone to respond to incoming calls. She is a warm and compassionate face and supports staff to keep their focus on providing care while she takes on the tasks of organizing the centre. Staff at the Resource Centre have been grateful for Wendy’s positive attitude, dedication and willingness to try new things.
Mary Twigg White was President and Past President of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She was exceedingly generous to the Society with her time. Recipients of the Twigg White Award are volunteers chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the cause, empathy towards the needs of caregivers, and their sense of humour in the face of obstacles.
Recipient of the 2018 Award for Community Service, inspired by Lola Turik
Lola Turik taught school at all levels, raised a family and volunteered with numerous charitable and sports organizations including the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She was honoured in her home community of Trail as Senior Citizen of the Year, Kiwanis Sportsman of the Year and received the Trail Minor Hockey Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Recipients of the Society’s Lola Turik Community Service award have demonstrated community leadership through their volunteer work at the grassroots level.
Recipient of the 2018 Award of Leadership, inspired by Clyde and Lanny Slade
Clyde and Lanny Slade’s leadership and long-term volunteer work inspired many. Lanny served as the Society’s President and was a strong advocate for dementia programs and improved access to adult day centres for people living with dementia. Clyde founded, co-chaired and encouraged the development of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s research program. He worked tirelessly to build partnerships with other B.C. community organizations and networks.
For more information about volunteering with the Society, please visit the Volunteer page.