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Activate Your Brain, and Make a Difference for Families Facing Dementia The BrainyActive Walk for Dementia

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON – September 20, 2023 – The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County will be hosting the BrainyActive Walk for Dementia on Sunday September 24, 2023 at the new dementia-inclusive Dementia Society Centre. This vibrant community event is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those impacted by dementia in our region. After a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the event comes back at our new location 500 – 2327 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON K1G 4J8. On-site check in opens at 10 am.


“The BrainyActive Walk is a cherished, 20+ year tradition. On Sunday, September 24th, hundreds in our community will take meaningful steps to raise awareness and funds to ensure that people facing dementia today get the support that is so important to navigate dementia now.” said Wendy Grimshaw, CEO, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County “ If you’ve benefited from Dementia Society services in the past, join us to help ensure that others know that they, too, are not alone.” 


The Walk will welcome over 200 participants and raise much needed funds to support the work that the society has been doing for close to 40 years. With rates of dementia expected to more than double by 2050, dementia help is needed now more than ever. Over 40 teams have registered and are participating to ensure that those impacted by dementia continue to receive the support that can enhance quality of life in the face of dementia. 


“I got a call from the Dementia Society…they said, ‘you’re not alone, and we’re going to help both of you‘. And David touched me and said, ‘they’re going to help us see?‘ And I thought, Oh my God, is this for real? I didn’t know exactly what that was, but all I could feel was this weight off my back and away from the brain.”  said Geraldine Mason, Client of The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County


Testimonials from Past Walkers:

“There is a feeling of comfort that what we are doing will make a difference.”

“The funds raised stay in the community. The staff is a tremendous help. The organization and volunteers on the day of the Walk are amazing.”


Save the date and rally your family and friends to join you in supporting The Dementia Society’s mission on September 24th. Together, we can ensure that no one faces dementia alone, and support the 24,000 people grappling with dementia in our region. Gather with your community to walk in support of those living with Dementia. This event will have:

  • a 1km walk,
  • refreshments,
  • food trucks and treats,
  • live music,
  • and community.


The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides compassionate support, tailored coaching and practical education for everyone impacted by dementia while building a dementia inclusive community.

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For more information about the event, please visit 



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Social Media Handles:

Facebook: @TheDementiaSociety

Instagram: @TheDementiaSociety

LinkedIn: The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Youtube: @thedementiasocietyofottawa7833

Twitter (X): @TheDementiaSoc


For Media Inquiries contact: 

Denise Siele

Artful Strategies


Kate Holmes

Director of Development and Education

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County 


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