Our History

Alzheimer Society

1980

Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton is established by co-founder Madeleine Honeyman.

1982

Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton is incorporated.

1985

Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton establishes first Alzheimer Day Away Program in Canada.

1989

Alzheimer Society works with Algonquin College to develop, fund and teach “Working with Alzheimer Clients and their Families”.

1996

First Walk for Memories is held at Carlingwood Mall.

1998

Dementia Studies Program at Algonquin College becomes first Ministry of Education and Training approved dementia studies program in Canada.

2000

Alzheimer Society expands its service area by opening an office in Renfrew County.

2001

“The Bungalows” at the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Centre open. Conceived and conceptualized by the Alzheimer Society.

2002

Launch of “First Link Pilot Project Program” thanks to a two-year grant of $135,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation.

2005

Champlain Dementia Forum leads to formation of Champlain Dementia Network.

2007
  • The Guest House – built in partnership with the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Carefor Health and Community Services – opens.
  • Name officially changes to Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.
  • Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is one of four pilot sites to receive funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Alzheimer Society of Ontario for the First Link Program ($900,000 over two years).
2010

Walk for Memories moves from Carlingwood Mall to Carleton University Fieldhouse.

2013

Partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto to offer first webinar to family caregivers.

2014

Local Health Integration Network provides core funding to Champlain Dementia Network for ongoing dementia public awareness strategy

Launched first-ever e-learning module “Preparing for the Move” to support those moving into long term care homes

2015

ReThink Dementia (public awareness campaign) is launched.

2016

Walk moves from Carleton University to outdoors at Tunney’s Pasture.

2017

Name changes to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

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