Alzheimer so­ci­ety presents awards

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Dr. Jack­alina VanKam­pen is the 2017 re­ceip­i­ent of the De­men­tia Friends Lead­er­ship Award, handed out at the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of P.E.I.’s re­cent an­nual lun­cheon.

“Jack­alina’s com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity out­reach is ev­i­denced by her vol­un­teer work in judg­ing school science fairs and her en­thu­si­ast en­gage­ment with BIOAl­liance and Alzheimer So­ci­ety of P.E.I., in or­ga­niz­ing an an­nual sum­mer pub­lic lec­ture on brain health,” said Dr. De­nis Kay, chief sci­en­tific of­fi­cer of Neu­ro­dyn.

The Lead­er­ship Award was es­tab­lished in 2002 to en­cour­age, sup­port and in­spire part­ner­ships and ex­cel­lence in de­men­tia care. This award is the high­est hon­our pre­sented by the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of PEI. It rec­og­nizes a per­son or or­ga­ni­za­tion who ex­em­pli­fies ex­cel­lence in per­son-cen­tered care while pro­mot­ing pro­grams and ser­vices for all those af­fected by Alzheimer’s dis­ease and re­lated de­men­tias.

Cor­rine Hen­dricken-Elder­shaw, CEO of the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of P.E.I., said VanKam­pen con­tin­ues to strive for the best in­for­ma­tion in the re­search field.

“Dr. VanKam­pen truly sup­ports and in­spires our motto: Help for to­day, hope for to­mor­row,” said Hen­dricken-Elder­shaw. “Her love and pas­sion for her work is greatly re­spected and ad­mired.”

The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of P.E.I. also made a few other im­por­tant recog­ni­tions dur­ing the De­men­tia Friends lun­cheon. Wel­don Boone ac­cepted a fiveyear con­tri­bu­tion for his vol­un­teer work. As well, the es­tates of Cather­ine Buelle and Kelvin Dowl­ing were ac­knowl­edged for hav­ing made gen­er­ous do­na­tions in the past year.

The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of PEI is the lead­ing health char­ity work­ing prov­ince wide to im­prove the qual­ity of life for Is­landers af­fected by Alzheimer’s dis­ease or other de­men­tias through ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port, while advancing the search for a cause and a cure.

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