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Our History

A Brief History of  the Alzheimer Society of Brant

  • Four founding members in 1976 – A Support Group – Mr. Ted Babineau, Mr. George Dick, Mrs. Vicky Bayley and Ann Smelser wanted to help each other when little was known about the disease.
  • Became an affiliated chapter in 1983
  • Became incorporated on December 08, 1986
  • One of approximately 60 chapters in Canada
  • March 1987 – the first office opened in Brant County, located in the city of Brantford, at the Eaton Market Square complex (downtown between Colborne St. & Dalhousie St.)
  • First staff consisted of an Administrative Coordinator, part-time Administrative Assistant and a monthly Support Group Leader.
  • Moved to offices at 446 Grey Street in 1988-89.
  • Moved to our current “home” at 101 Brant Avenue March 11, 1993

 

 A Brief History of  the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk

  • Opened first office on February 1, 1993
  • Opened Alzheimer Resource Library in June 1993
  • Established Wandering Person Registry in January 1994
  • Incorporated on September 21, 1995
  • Resource Centre moved to 365 West Street in Simcoe in February 1998
  • Haldimand Resource Centre opened in York in September 2000
  • Haldimand Resource Centre opened in Caledonia in June 2003
  • Caregiver Wellness Centre established 2005
  • Haldimand Abilities Centre opened in Hagersville 2008
  • The Caregiver Wellness Centre was renamed Hazel Place in 2011 in honour of Hazel Race

Summary

A group of dedicated volunteers, family caregivers and professional caregivers met for several years and were able to establish the first Alzheimer Society of Haldimand-Norfolk in 1993.  The Society was incorporated as a Charitable Organization on September 21, 1995.  Kit Julian was hired on a part-time basis with a $20,000 Forget-Me-Not Grant from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario in February, 1993. The first Resource Centre/Office was located in an 8′ by 10′ room at the corner of Highways #3 and #24 in Simcoe.  Two years later the Resource Centre moved across the road to two small rooms in an office shared with the Ontario March of Dimes, where it quickly outgrew that space. The Society moved into the former Hospital in Simcoe, next to the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, a location that has been advantageous to enhancing our profile with the professional community.  This office is referred to as the Norfolk Resource Centre.In October, 2000, the Society opened the Haldimand Resource Centre in York, to better meet the needs of clients in the Haldimand area.  In June, 2003, the Haldimand Resource Centre moved to a larger and more central location in Caledonia, at the Caledonia & District Multi-Service Centre.  In 2005 Alzheimer Society purchased the Norfolk Co-op office building located at 645 Norfolk Street South and the Caregiver Wellness Centre was estabilished.

A Brief History of  the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton

  • The Hamilton Halton chapter of the Alzheimer Society was incorporated in 1982. The chapter was largely volunteer and family driven. It offered family support groups organized by volunteer professionals, gave presentations, and distributed information and resource materials. By 1988 the Alzheimer Education and Resource Centre was operational in Hamilton, with a full-time Education Director and a part-time secretary.
  • In the late 1980s and early 1990s the organization continued to grow and meet the needs of the community. It established the Wandering Person Registries in Hamilton and Halton, and expanded the Hamilton Resource Centre space, which now included a full-time professional Program Coordinator and a full-time receptionist. In 1990, the Hamilton society organized and hosted the Annual General Meeting of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
  • The Hamilton and Halton Alzheimer Foundation was formed in 1992 (then known as the Halton-Wentworth Alzheimer Foundation) to raise, invest and manage funds. Since summer 1995, the Society and the Foundation have operated under a joint Board of Directors. The organization continued to expand its services, staff, and volunteers.
  • Specifically, we serve the communities of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton and Stoney Creek within the City of Hamilton; and the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville within Halton Region. The combined population of our service area is well over 1 million
  • The Oakville location was moved to a new location funded by Docs on Ice on November 7th, 2011. Located at 2345 Wyecroft Road in Oakville.
  • In 2011 we moved to a new office in Hamilton at 1575 Upper Ottawa Street.
  • A new Oakville location at 2345 Wyecroft Road funded by Docs on Ice opened on November 7th, 2011.
  • In 2016 we moved our Halton Office to a larger facility at Harvester Road in Burlington and also rented space at the St. Luke’s Community Centre in Oakville to offer education and support groups.

 

Organizational Profile

The Alzheimer Societies of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk and Hamilton Halton created a new corporation, Dementia Alliance, in April 2010. Dementia Alliance’s governance structure is comprised of an equal number of board members from each of the three Society boards. Dementia Alliance united all services and administration under one entity to create operational efficiencies and share best practises. The critical role of local Societies boards was maintained to ensure local presence and identity, and to assist in raising funds to offset the shortfall in government funding.  In Hamilton, fundraising activities were the responsibility of a fifth corporation, the Hamilton and Halton Alzheimer Foundation.

In 2013, it was agreed that maintaining five (5) separate boards and corporations was no longer effective, nor necessary. A new Memorandum of Understanding was agreed to that called for the establishment of a Shared Service Delivery Board and a Shared Foundation Board that would be responsible for all of the fundraising/development activities

On April 1st, 2016 The Alzheimer Society of Brant, The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk, The Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton (collectively the “Original Societies”) and the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton (formerly, “Dementia Alliance”) amalgamated.