Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County

July 2021 - Issue 7

Connections That Matter

Hello, Friend!

We hope you are staying safe and well. During this time, our phone lines remain open. If you need to reach our counselling staff, or have questions about programs and services, please call 705-722-1066.

We also invite you to keep checking our website to learn about upcoming online events and programs. You will also be able to catch up on any newsletters you may have missed. Happy reading!

In this edition:

  1. 52 envelopes. 4 Aces. 1 Progressive Jackpot!
  2. We Did It!
  3. Programs & Services Update
  4. Attend a Support Group Meeting
  5. Introducing Leigh Ann Febrey
  6. Marilyn Bender wins the Distinguished Service Award
  7. Donor Spotlight
  8. Stay Tuned for World Alzheimer’s Day and More!
  9. 2020-2021 Annual Report
  10. Introducing our 2021-2022 Board of Directors

52 envelopes. 4 Aces. 1 Progressive Jackpot!

We are so excited to share that the Alzheimer Society Catch the Ace has launched, and tickets are now available to purchase! Draws will occur every Thursday at 6:30 PM!

Tickets start at $10 and provide you with a chance to win BIG in both a weekly prize and a larger progressive jackpot with 50% of all ticket sales going to the Alzheimer Society.

How it works

  1. Purchase your tickets and choose an envelope that could contain the Ace of Spades.
  2. Wait until the weekly draw every Thursday at 6:30 PM to see if your ticket is chosen. If it is, you’ll win 20% of that week’s ticket sales. If your card is the Ace of Spades, you’ll also win the Catch the Ace Progressive Jackpot.
  3. If the card chosen is not the Ace of Spades, the progressive jackpot will continue to grow and that card is removed from the deck, increasing the chances of catching the ace next week!
  4. Weekly draws continue until the Ace of Spades is caught.

Visit CatchTheAce4Alz.ca to buy your tickets now, pick your envelope, and feel good knowing that 50% of your ticket purchase goes to the Alzheimer Society.

We Did It!

We set new records this year with 314 participants, 48 teams, and a record number of corporate and media sponsors!

Together we raised over $100,000 and we’re still counting!

This year our theme was walk 10,006 steps for 10,006 people living with dementia in Simcoe County. Many of you walked with us and showed the people affected by dementia that they are not walking this journey alone.

We send our thanks to everyone who participated, donated, and sponsored the walk. The funds raised will stay in the community to support critical programs and services offered across Simcoe County by the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County. As the number of people diagnosed with dementia continues to climb, we ultimately hope for a cure, but until then we will keep walking!

We thank you and look forward to your continued support!

Programs & Services Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we offer service; however, we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We have updated our reopening plan to align with the Ontario Government's new phased-in step approach. We are looking forward to offering in-person visits by appointment only over the summer as well as limited in-person group programs starting in the fall. As always, all programs are currently accessible virtually.

We will continue to provide updates by sharing any changes to our re-opening plan in our monthly newsletters, e-blasts and on our website.

To view our July to September Programs Guide and reopening plan, click here.

Attend a Support Group Meeting


Support groups connect family and friends caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, to education and information on coping strategies in a safe place, where they can also share challenges and successes.

Due to COVID-19, Caregiver Support Groups are not currently running in person; however, we have several options for you to connect with virtual groups over the web conferencing platform ZOOM.

Registration is required. Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County for more information at 705-722-1066.

Introducing Leigh Ann Febrey

We are pleased to announce that Leigh Ann Febrey has been hired as the new Minds in Motion Coordinator! During her career, Leigh Ann has worked as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Leacock Care Centre in Orillia, the Program and Support Services Manager at Simcoe Manor in Beeton and Trillium Manor in Orillia, and as an Activationist at Simcoe Manor. She has been a long-standing volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, serving in that capacity since 1997. We are excited to have her officially join our team!

Marilyn Bender wins the Distinguished Service Award

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, we are delighted to recognize Marilyn Bender with the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County’s highest honour for her volunteer contributions to our work over a span of 15 years. Marilyn was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in the Support Programs category at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on June 17th.

Marilyn’s passion comes from a deep concern for and commitment to individuals living with dementia, and their care partners. She has contributed to all aspects of the work of the Alzheimer Society, including education programs, awareness events, support services, and fundraising campaigns. When COVID-19 challenged us to change our programming, Marilyn volunteered to call clients who were now more isolated than ever.

Marilyn’s gentle kindness, compassion, and enthusiasm enable her to create natural connections with people in groups and one-on-one. With her encouragement, clients gain strength and the resolve they need to care for their loved ones and advocate for their needs. Marilyn has done so much to help reduce the stigma associated with dementia, allowing those affected by this disease to live well and thrive in their community.

Congratulations and thank you, Marilyn, for your exemplary volunteer service!

Donor Spotlight

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We would like to extend a sincere thank you to each of our incredible sponsors of Simcoe County's IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s this year.

Without support from local organizations such as these, it would not be possible to hold our annual Walk. Thank you again!

Stay Tuned for World Alzheimer’s Day and More!

For information about future events, World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st, and upcoming programs & services, please follow us on social media and/or sign up for our newsletter!

Here are links to each site:

Summer Hours of Operation

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County has changed its hours of operation for the period June 28th to September 3rd, 2021.

Monday to Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Regular hours of operation will resume on September 7th, 2021.

2020-2021 Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2020-2021 Annual Report which highlights the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County’s accomplishments over the past year during an unprecedented period of history.

Click here to read report.

Introducing our 2021-2022 Board of Directors

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County is pleased to introduce the Board of Directors for the coming year:

Chair: Ann-Marie Kungl

Vice-Chair: Karie Warnar

Treasurer: Dan McMahon

Secretary: Valerie Powell


  • Sandra Catalano
  • Jonathan Friedman
  • Mike Jackson
  • Betty Jones
  • Tara Maxwell

Many thanks to this committed group of amazing volunteers for their leadership, dedication, and support!

Donate Now

People living with Alzheimer’s and dementia are especially vulnerable at this time, if you are able to, please consider supporting the essential services and programs that benefit this community.

Our mailing address is:
20 Anne Street South, P.O. Box 1414
Barrie, Ontario L4M 5R4

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