Our Team

Board of Directors

Zaineb Al-Kutoby

I have had several family members who have lived with dementia, it was not easy, but we all can learn from each other’s experiences.

Tom Caldwell

Witnessing my mom going through various stages of dementia was very difficult. It started with calls informing me that mom had wandered off from her residence to witnessing her become violent with caregivers and my dad. Educating families on what to expect on the typical phases of dementia would go a long way to easing family distress.

Lynda Colley

I am so grateful for the support our family received from DSORC and I know firsthand how essential the service is that the society provides to families in our area.

Anne Hennessy

Dementia frequently leads to a long slow loss of one’s loved one. This is especially challenging for the carer or caregiver. Caregivers are my heroes. As a long-time psychiatrist to the elderly and having had direct experience of the impact of dementia on my family, i’m delighted to contribute to the board of the dementia society.

Scott Kuehn


I have seen the toll dementia can take on families, with several close relatives enduring long battles with dementia. The dementia society fulfills a critical role supporting those suffering from dementia, whether directly or indirectly, and it is an honor to serve as a member of this organization.

Louise Laramée


As a cardiologist, I spent my career looking after vascular disease. My mother had dementia and I am very grateful for all the support, programs and expertise of the dementia society. She was fully supported in French, her mother tongue. I joined the board because I wanted to give back in any capacity that I can.

Mary Alice Macneil

My mother has suffered from alzheimer’s disease for several years and our family has experienced the difficulty and heartbreak that happens when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the vital work of the dementia society in supporting other families who are facing these challenges.

Paul Morton

My dad had dementia for seven years, and the dementia society was a huge help for our family. I want to do as much as I can to help other families in ottawa who are going through a similar experience.

Anne Van Delst


The dementia society plays an important role in supporting families who are facing challenging times. They are a helping hand when it is needed most.

Leadership Team

Carole Green

Director of Client Experience and Engagement

Wendy Grimshaw

Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3109

Kate Holmes

Director of Development and Education

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3104

Danielle Mulvihill

Director of Operations

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3110

Specific Inquiries

For department specific details, contact:

German Chique-Alfonzo

Education and Program Coordinator

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. Ext. 3115

Zoë Kirschner

Social and Recreational Activities

Phone: (613) 523-4004

Ext. 3240

Kavya Nair

Communications and Marketing Officer

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3153

Ashlee Pallotta

Fund Development Officer

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3111

Chantal Smagghe

Finance and Reporting Manager

Phone: 613-523-4004

Ext. 3107

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