Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County

June 2021 - Issue 6

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. Join us for our 2021 Annual General Meeting
  2. IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Simcoe County Thanks you!
  3. We’re launching Catch the Ace!
  4. What’s happening in Simcoe County? Local events, social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  5. Positive Approach to Care
  6. Thank You Deena-Kay
  7. Donor Spotlight
  8. Happy Pride Month from the Alzheimer Society!

Join us for our 2021 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up on Thursday, June 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and its accomplishments over the past year. You won’t want to miss the special presentation on recent research developments from Dr. Josée Guimond, Interim Director of Research, Knowledge Translation and Exchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Josée Guimond

Since January 2021, Dr. Josée Guimond has been the Interim Director, Research and Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) for the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC). Prior to January, she was the Senior Operations Manager, Research and KTE for ASC. Josée has a BSc and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

The program for the evening will be as follows:

6:00-6:45 pm AGM (Business Meeting)

6:45-6:55 pm Volunteer Recognition Award

6:55-7:00 pm Break

7:00-7:30 pm Research Update - Dr. Josée Guimond

7:30-7:45 pm Q&A with Dr. Guimond

7:45-8:00 pm Q&A with the Board

We hope you will join us for the entire program! There is no charge to attend. In order to register, please click here and complete the online form.

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Simcoe County Thanks you!

The 23rd annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Simcoe County was an incredible success! We want to extend our sincerest thank you to all our Teams, Walkers, Sponsors and the residents of Simcoe County and beyond for your support this year! You walked 10,006 steps for the 10,006 people living with dementia in Simcoe County! You did it for dementia. We honour all of you and those whom you walked for. We had record attendance this year and all the funds raised will support the programs and services we deliver to those living with dementia, their care partners and their families.


We’re launching Catch the Ace!


We are so excited to launch Catch the Ace—the Alzheimer Society’s first-ever provincial online raffle.

Tickets start at $10 for 3 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.

  1. Purchase your tickets and choose an envelope that might 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 your card 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.

    Hurry! Purchase your tickets before our first weekly draw on June 3 at 6:30 PM! To learn more about Catch the Ace 4 Alz and to purchase your tickets, go to www.catchtheace4alz.ca.

What’s happening in Simcoe County? Local events, social recreation programs, webinars, and more!

Summer Hours of Operation

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County will be changing 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.

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

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


Over the coming weeks, we hope to be in a better position to share our plans in terms of operations in the Barrie and Orillia offices, and the safe delivery of in-person programs and services across Simcoe County. We will keep you apprised as our plans unfold.

Positive Approach to Care

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County’s Education Coordinators are certified Independent Positive Approach to Care® Trainers. The goal of the Positive Approach to Care program is to help care partners build skills, including practical hands-on techniques, to create a positive and supportive relationship for you and the person living with dementia. A two-part workshop will be taking place Tuesdays, June 22nd and 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please contact Erika Rice, Education Coordinator at 705-329-0909 ext. 3802 to register or visit our website for more information on other upcoming sessions.

Thank You Deena-Kay

How do you thank someone who has been around the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County for over 30 years? Deena-Kay Froese has been involved with the local Alzheimer Society since it was founded in 1985! She was one of the people sitting around Polly Denney’s kitchen table when they said, “We want to start a Chapter in Barrie”. In those early days, Deena-Kay put the newsletter articles together so that the first staff member, Diane Anderson could type them. She served on the Board of Directors early on and again from 2002-2003 and 2014-2021. She has been involved in many volunteer roles: Tag Days, Coffee Break, Gift Wrap, Speakers Bureau, Health Fairs (“Garfield Dunlop’s Seniors Days were the best!”), Walk Planning, Walk Days, Quality Safety Risk Committee, Board Governance, Board Strategic Planning, . . . to name a few.

In her professional life, Deena-Kay was a nurse, and her interest in and commitment to persons living with dementias was sparked early in her career. Deena-Kay continuously educated herself about dementia, and that journey connected her to the Alzheimer Society over and over again. She also taught courses in gerontology, always putting an emphasis on dementia. Deena-Kay worked at the Community Care Access Centre on the Placement Team for many years, arranging for individuals with dementia to be placed in Long Term Care.

Deena-Kay, we thank you for your commitment to those living with dementia and to their care partners. You have contributed in a significant way to the work of the Alzheimer Society in Simcoe County, to the education of young health care professionals, and to the lives of individuals living with dementia, and their care partners. We will miss you at the Alzheimer Society and will treasure the memory of the laughter and shared experience in working with this important group of people. All the best Deena-Kay. And thank you.

Donor Spotlight

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We couldn’t host our annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s each year without the important support of our sponsors! Please take a moment to learn more about our amazing Silver sponsors from this year’s Walk!

Only a 5-minute drive from shops, Highway 89, restaurants, Earl Rowe Provincial Park, and amenities, Kingsmere Retirement Residence is on a quiet street in historic Alliston overlooking a beautiful pond. Enjoy a quiet early morning walk along the trails surrounding their pond and fountain, or join friends on an excursion into town. Spend the afternoon with your grandkids at the Museum on the Boyné, or enjoy a hot beverage with loved ones in their bistro. Here, you can enjoy the quiet of country living while being close to everything the town has to offer.

Visit the Kingsmere Retirement Residence website to learn more here.

"Simcoe District" was established in 1843 by the Legislature of Upper Canada. Today, the Corporation of the County of Simcoe is comprised of sixteen towns and townships. The County has an estimated population of 465,000 people and is the second largest County based upon population and third largest based upon physical size​ in Ontario.

Visit the County of Simcoe’s website to learn more about all they do for our community here.

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To learn more about Tatham Engineering, visit their website here.

Happy Pride Month from the Alzheimer Society!

Dementia doesn’t discriminate and neither do we.

The Alzheimer Society stands united with the LGBTQ2S+ community and continuously strives to foster an environment that is a safe space for all clients to be their true selves so they can receive the best dementia support possible.

If you are a care partner of a person living with dementia, or you are a person living with dementia, that identifies in the LGBTQ2S+ community, there are many resources available to you such as:

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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