Join us for the inaugural Dementia-Friendly Communities awards!


We are thrilled to announce the nominees for the inaugural Dementia-Friendly Canada awards!

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This January is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, a time for Canadians to reflect on the courage and resilience of people who are affected by dementia. 

We are also thrilled to to announce that we will be honouring some incredible individuals, groups and organizations through our inaugural Dementia-Friendly Communities awards! The awards were created by the Dementia-Friendly Canada project and are designed to recognize the phenomenal work that is being done across the country to make Canada a place that is inclusive and supportive for people affected by dementia.

There are six different categories: voice, ally, grassroots group, municipality, small to medium organization and large organization. The nominees are:

Dementia-Friendly Voice

✦ Debbie Keay,
✦ Debbie Lamb,
✦ Jim Mann and
✦ Myrna Norman.

Dementia-Friendly Ally

✦ Charlene Knudsen,
✦ Jill Lawlor,
✦ Darrel O’Shaughnessy and
✦ Tyler Redublo.

Dementia-Friendly Grassroots Group

✦ Dementia Friendly Task Group
✦ Memory Café Nova Scotia,
✦ Memory + Inclusive Communities Everywhere and
✦ The Rons.

Dementia-Friendly Municipality

✦ The City of London,
✦ the District of West Vancouver,
✦ the Town of Stony Plain and
✦ the Township of Langley.

Dementia-Friendly Small to Medium Organization

✦ Drive Happiness,
✦ the Hamilton Council on Aging,
✦ Innisfail Community Partners in Action and
✦ the Yorkton Public library

Dementia-Friendly Large Organization

✦ St. Michael’s Long Term Care Centre,
✦ Vancouver International Airport and
✦ YMCA Southwestern Ontario.

You can learn more about the nominees and their work, as well as hear from nominees from across Canada, by tuning into the awards livestream on Facebook at 9 a.m. PST this Sunday, January 15. The recording will also be posted to the Dementia-Friendly Canada webpage.

We would like to send our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to all the nominees: you are instrumental in building a dementia-friendly Canada and we are so inspired by your dedication, innovation and generosity. Thank you for making a difference!

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