Meet Shelley Green
Shelley Green remembers her joy when she realized that Oxford’s very first Walk for Alzheimer’s – back then it was the Walk for Memories – was a success.
“We raised $13,000. I remember that day very well, because I kept going back to the room where the money was being counted, and I was literally jumping up and down I was so excited that we had raised that much,” she said with a smile.
It was a momentous occasion – and a serious amount of money for the Alzheimer Society at the time.
“To have that response was incredibly encouraging, validating and exciting,” Shelley said.
She had decided to bring the idea of a fundraising Walk to Oxford in 1994 after hearing about a similar event in Elgin County. Now the Alzheimer Society of Oxford is gearing up for its 23rd Walk in Woodstock, with the Tillsonburg and Ingersoll events close behind in longevity.
More than 22 years after Shelley hopped with happiness, the Walk for Alzheimer’s has become a national fundraiser, an annual event for dozens of Alzheimer Societies across the country.
Oxford runs the most successful Walk, per capita, in Ontario.
Growth has been swift. Last year the three Walks in Oxford raised close to $130,000.
“It’s very motivating, it’s very encouraging and really reinforces my appreciation for Oxford County,” said Shelley.
“Oxford County is known to be a generous county, and that’s certainly been our experience here.”
And no one is more dedicated than people who run the Alzheimer Society. Last year the office team, composed of staff and a few office volunteers, raised more than $16,000.
“That totally makes me happy. I’m very proud of our team,” Shelley said.
“It’s a true demonstration of how much they’re all committed to what we do and the people that we serve.”
Shelley Green is the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Oxford and has participated in innumerable Walks in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg since 1994.