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 Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum, Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and profiles active Non-profit and business organizations. If you would like to be featured in this section please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Create your own member story: join GPVSB today! 

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Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories

Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Jennifer Cassely, ASANT's Regional RepresentativeLocated on 116 St. across from the Prairie Mall is The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASANT) Grande Prairie office operated by Regional Representative; Jennifer Caseley. ASANT’s mission is to enhance awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia and provide support services to affected families and help fund research into the cause and cure. The Society can be a guide and support to persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners as they learn about options and plan for the future. 

ASANT has a number of educational programs designed to assist people in understanding the experience and impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Society provides presentations to community groups to create an informed and supportive community to enhance the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The organization’s primary focus is to help families and care partners of those affected by dementia. They offer three monthly support groups for Care Partners: two in person groups at their office, and a telephone meeting for those unable to attend in person.  Afternoon meetings are on the first Thursday of each month, evening meeting are held on the second Monday of each month, and a telephone meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.  They also offer a quiet safe space for individuals from outside Grande Prairie visiting loved ones affected by dementia.  The Grande Prairie branch of ASANT covers most of northwest Alberta from Grimshaw, Fox Creek, and Grande Cache to the BC border. Outreach work is being done through presentations at the Grande Prairie Care Centre, the Harvest Lodge in Fairview. They have also attended the Mighty Peace Teachers Convention and talked with nurses at the Community Care office of Alberta Health Services. The team looks to host more support groups in communities outside Grande Prairie, and look for opportunities to do more public and corporate presentations.

An area of focus for ASANT is to increase public awareness as many of people don’t know they are here to help support and educate them about dementia.  They offer various ways to help educate people on dementia and the research being done to find cures, such as having a lending library about with many resources about dementia. 

ASANT recently held their Walk for Alzheimer’s event, sponsored by the Investors Group, on June 25 at Muskoseepi Park. The walk is part of Canada’s biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and one of eight held throughout the province.  The funds raised support ongoing programs and services for families living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the Grande Prairie area.

Volunteers are always encouraged to lend a hand in events, help with the monthly support groups, prepare awareness packages to mail out, and assist with basic office and maintenance work.  They also currently have office space available for rent at their location for any non-profits looking for a single office.

For more information on the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASANT) email Jennifer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website here, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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LINKages Society of Alberta

Connecting youth and elders in a spirit of cooperation, friendship and respect where both generations benefit from sharing their experiences, skills and knowledge.

Mae Chun - Executive Director at LINKages Society of AlbertaOriginally known as Friends of Seniors the registered charity now called LINKages Society of Alberta was founded in 1994.  The organizations vision is to create and maintain a strong and vibrant community where youth and seniors thrive. They accomplishes this by facilitating innovative intergenerational programs and services that encourage involvement, transfer of knowledge, and capitalize on the strengths of youth and seniors to foster stronger Alberta communities. They believe that Albertans of all ages need to be valued, respected and appreciated for their experiences and potential; they encourage citizen engagement and positive contributions that enhance our communities.  LINKages continually aims to connect young people and seniors in ways that are mutually beneficial, they encourage the merits of volunteering, community involvement, personal development and learning to overcome ageist stereotypes.

Based out of Calgary, LINKages staff have facilitated training workshops in communities all over Alberta, from as far north as Peace River and Lac La Biche, to Lethbridge and Coleman in the south, Jasper in the west and many points in between, to train other organizations in starting and maintaining their own Intergenerational Programs.  Recently, with funding from Husky Energy, School Programs & Community Liaison Betty Good and Executive Director Mae Chun came to Grande Prairie to hold their workshop for local community service providers.  The purpose of this workshop was to equip and inspire those in attendance to implement and manage their own intergenerational programs, under the continued guidance and support of LINKages.

 Mae Chun hopes to continue to holding workshops across Alberta and to return too Grande Prairie next year in order to develop a growing network in the province to help older and younger generations of our society to connect and learn from each other.  She would like for volunteers to experience the remarkable impact of connecting with a senior, of learning about history from firsthand accounts while the older generation get to learn more about the ever changing advancement of our present, like being taught how to use new technology and having a connection within the larger community.Betty Good teaching at the workshop held in Grande Prairie

Developing a successful intergenerational program takes careful planning, strategies and experience to facilitate impactful, beneficial relationships. With 20 years' experience in Calgary, LINKages is a recognized expert in delivering effective intergenerational programs. Through LINK outreach workshops, they offer engaging, practical training sessions to organizations interested in developing local intergenerational programs, a growing network in the province to help older and younger generations of our society to connect and learn from each other.  She would like for volunteers to experience the remarkable impact of connecting with a senior, of learning about history from firsthand accounts while the older generation get to learn more about the ever changing advancement of our present, like being taught how to use new technology and having a connection within the larger community.

For more information on the LINKages Society of Alberta please visit their website at www.link-ages.ca, click here for their facebook page and twitter.

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