Editor, The Times:
Every year, for every Walk for Alzheimer’s held throughout Canada, the organizers of each Walk start by looking for someone to honor. This makes each walk unique to its community; the honoree, someone who has been affected by dementia, gives a special focus for those participating.
In Barriere, for the first three years, 2008 to 2010, we simply honored the caregivers – the families, doctors and nurses who cared for those with Alzheimers. Then we found some individuals and their families who were willing to be our honorees.
In 2011 the honoree was John Paula; in 2012, McKenzie Livingstone; in 2013, Jean Hambrook; in 2014, Florence Beharrell; in 2015, Kay Zerr; in 2016, Petrine Joy Edwards; and this year (2017) it was Joyce Harrington.
We are currently looking for someone to honor for our 2018 Walk for Alzheimer’s, which will take place on May 6, 2018, at the Senior’s Hall in Barriere.
If you know of anyone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s, who may be willing to be our honoree, or if unable to represent themselves, has a spouse or child who would be willing to represent them, please contact either Liz Gilbertson at 250-672-9337, or Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330.
Liz Gilbertson and Margaret Houben, co-chairs
Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s, Barriere