History of the Chapter
The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay was incorporated on July 25, 1986. It was prior to this, in the summer of 1984, that the early beginnings of the Society began in the home of a family caregiver. Over the years, many milestones have included the opening of an office; hiring of staff; the appointments of several presidents to the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the development of many diverse programs and services.
The Society is a registered charity (Registration # 11878-5054-RR0001) supported mainly by fundraising and is not affiliated with the United Way. All funds raised in Thunder Bay, stay in Thunder Bay and the district to assist local families.
In September 1999, the Ontario government approved the first - ever (across Canada) Alzheimer Strategy. This strategy is a 10 - point plan to improve the quality of care, education, respite and overall quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s. As part of the strategy, the government dedicated $45, 000.00 to each Alzheimer Society in Ontario to implement public education and augment services as determined by and needed in each community.
The activities of the Society are dependent on committed volunteers, many of whom are relatives, neighbours, or friends of persons with Alzheimer Disease. Volunteers are essential in two areas of Society work: fundraising activities and helping in programs with caregivers and services for people with the disease.
The Alzheimer Society is one of 39 local chapters in Ontario and is a member of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Our Society is also a member of the Northern Area Chapter Group along with chapters located in Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and North Bay.