About us


In this section, learn more about the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay itself, including the history of the organization, Board of Directors, and our Annual General Reports.

Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay wordmark and identifier.


Founded in the home of a family caregiver in 1984, the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay was officially incorporated on July 25, 1986. It is a non-profit corporation and a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors.

The Alzheimer Society is supported by individual and community donations, special events fundraising and also receives funding from the North West Local Health Integrated Network.

The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay is affiliated with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. As one of 38 chapters in Ontario, we support persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias as well as their families and partners in care.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, achieved together.

Our Mission: To alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to promote research in the district of Thunder Bay.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Advocating for the rights and well-being of those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, as well as their partners in care
  • Offering information, support and education programs for people living with dementia, their families and partners in care
  • Promoting public education and awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to ensure people know where to turn for help
  • Funding research to find a cure and improve the care of people with dementia

Our Values: The Alzheimer Society is guided by and committed to these values:

  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Ted Davis-President
  • Maxine Tenander-Vice President
  • Laraine Tapak-Past President
  • Kathryn Lyzun-Secretary
  • Rob Gombola-Treasurer
  • Dr. Peter De Bakker-Member
  • Carol Pollard-Member


Career Opportunities

First Link Care Coordinator/Public Education Coordinator


1 Vacancy- 35 hours per week

The First Link Care Coordinator/Public Education Coordinator (FLCC/PEC) will coordinate and integrate supports and services around the person living with dementia and their care partner as well as work in partnership with the Education team in the Thunder Bay office to provide community education and awareness.  This position will deliver services in the Nipigon, Greenstone, Marathon areas.



  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in social work, gerontology or other related health care discipline.  Registered health professional designation and Master’s level education preferred


  • 3 to 5 years’ client service experience in the health and/or social service sectors
  • Experience working directly with people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners
  • Experience and knowledge in management of chronic and complex health conditions
  • Knowledge of available community services/supports and clinical, social and residential care options
  • Understanding of roles and linkages across primary care, community care and specialized geriatric services
  • Strong knowledge of client-centred philosophy
  • Knowledge of clinical practices and training models related to dementia (eg: P.I.E.C.E.S. and U-First!)
  • Experience in assessment and care planning/coordination
  • Experience working in settings requiring inter-professional collaboration
  • Above Average Presentation and adult education skills
  • Demonstrated remote work environment team skills
  • Experience delivering support groups and education sessions in a variety of settings; virtual, in person

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

  • Experience developing and delivering education to large groups
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written)
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including shared decision-making and facilitation
  • Ability to prioritize workload and manage competing tasks
  • Ability to take initiative and be resourceful
  • Excellent problem-solving and change management skills
  • Proficiency in technology (e.g.: Microsoft office and case management and care coordination systems)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team
  • Expertise and experience in cultural sensitivity and diversity
  • Work from home self time management and organization
  • Ability to speak French or other languages an asset

Professional License/Affiliations/Memberships/Certificates

  • Registration with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or a related regulatory body
  • A valid Ontario G Class driver ‘s licence, appropriate insurance and a reliable vehicle is required as there is travel associated with this position


  • General duties within an office environment.
  • Work from Home

Please apply via email [email protected] to the attention of: Pam Gerrie by 4PM on July 30, 2021, with the Subject Heading ‘FIRST LINK’





Office Administrator (OA)

1 Vacancy- 20 hours per week

The Office Administrator is responsible, on a daily basis, for ensuring the smooth operation of the office and administrative functions. Some responsibilities will include, but not limited to, office administration, including some human resource support. The OA will answer and manage incoming calls, receive and interact with incoming visitors, and process cashflow and donations with the bookkeeper’s assistance.



Certificate, diploma or degree in office administration, healthcare field, social services, geriatric care, marketing, sales or other related discipline; or a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience


  • Be a graduate from a related program
  • Some experience with individuals and families affected by dementia.
  • 1-3 years of experience with a community-based agency and/or not-for-profit organization or a related office setting
  • Experience with a variety of technology platforms, Office 365 suites, web conferencing and data base systems, such as Raiser’s Edge.

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

  • Excellent organizational, planning, prioritization and time management skills, including the handling of multiple, concurrent issues and tasks.
  • Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Good marketing skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in a professional and effective manner with staff, community partners.
  • Computer literacy, with intermediate knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite of software (ie. Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point.)
  • Knowledge of software programs relevant to maintaining financial and donor data records
  • Strong budgeting skills.

Professional License/Affiliations/Memberships/Certificates

  • A valid Ontario G Class driver ‘s licence is preferred


  • General duties within an office environment.

Please apply via email [email protected] to the attention of: Pam Gerrie by 4PM on July 30, 2021