Meet our Team: Olivia, PEC & Diverse Community Outreach Coordinator
As part of Alzheimer Awareness Month 2021, we want to help our community better understand the breadth of services our Society provides. And who better to tell you about it than some of our amazing staff! Check out these blog posts to meet some faces behind our organization!
What is your job title?
Public Education Coordinator (PEC) & Diverse Community Outreach Coordinator
What attracted you to the position when you first applied?
As a Public Education Coordinator, I have the opportunity to educate persons living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals and the general public about dementia and related illnesses. In my role as a Diverse Community Outreach Coordinator, I am the lead for The CODE Project. This initiative works to create better access to dementia care for individuals who live in the city of Hamilton and identify as part of a diverse community. Education and social programming (i.e. Memory Cafes) help to raise dementia awareness as well.
What does your role entail?
With having a family history of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, this was something I felt very passionate about. Knowing that I could potentially have the opportunity to assist other families that were going through a similar experience to mine was very powerful.
What is your favourite part about your role?
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is when I’m speaking with a client and they experience a “lightbulb moment”. Where all of a sudden things make
more sense to them and you can see the pieces coming together in their mind. That’s when I know I’m doing my job.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I’m a dog mom who likes to put on solo concerts while driving in the car, especially if the 70’s/80’s are playing! It’s hard to be sad when “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen comes on!