Outstanding Canadians tireless in their efforts to help those living with dementia

    Alzheimer Society recognizing excellence in volunteerism, research and

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - This June, the Alzheimer Society is recognizing
the extraordinary efforts of four Canadians who are rising to the challenge in
the fight against Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
    With a growing number of Canadians looking to the Alzheimer Society for
help, the Society is paying tribute to those who go above and beyond in their
work to deliver excellence in the care and support of the hundreds of
thousands of people touched by this illness.
    The Alzheimer Society Awards Program, being launched for the first time
this year, is recognizing outstanding contributions in the areas of research,
care, volunteerism and philanthropic leadership.

    The four award winners are:

    Volunteerism Award - Dale Goldhawk

    Dale Goldhawk, known by many Canadians for his lifelong career in
broadcast journalism, has committed over 14 years of service as a volunteer to
the Alzheimer Society. During these years, Dale has been a tireless advocate,
often speaking about his own personal involvement with the disease in an
effort to raise awareness and to reduce stigma still so prevalent. Dale also
sits on the Board of Directors of Alzheimer's Disease International, extending
Canada's voice across the globe.

    Philanthropic Leadership Award - Danny Murphy

    Danny Murphy is a prominent businessman, owner of D.P. Murphy Inc.,
Eastern Canada's premier hospitality and food service organization. Over the
last decade, Danny's dedication to the Alzheimer Society, in both PEI and Nova
Scotia, has been exemplary, raising close to half a million for the Society
through Coffee Break(R), and an annual fundraiser he runs from his home called
'A Night to Remember'. Danny has engaged his friends and business associates,
helping to raise awareness on the disease, and promote the programs offered
through the PEI and Nova Scotia Societies.

    Special Recognition Award - Dr. Sherry Dupuis

    Dr. Sherry Dupuis is the Director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and
Education Program (MAREP), the Director of the Collaborative Ph.D. Program in
Aging, Health and Well-Being, and an Associate Professor in the Department of
Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Dupuis's
research program has focused primarily on identifying ways to improve the
quality of the lives of persons living with dementia and their families,
shifting the focus to engage people with the disease directly in the planning
for their wellbeing and developing alternative ways to translate research into

    Special Recognition Award - Dr. Ron Keren

    Dr. Ron Keren is the assistant professor at the University of Toronto and
the Clinical Director of the University Health Network and Whitby Mental
Health Centre Memory Clinics. Dr. Keren has made a significant contribution to
the body of knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in
Canada through his work as the founder and president of the Canadian
Colloquium on Dementia (CCD). The CCD is a forum for enhancing knowledge
translation on dementia from researchers to front-line clinicians.

    With the prevalence of dementia sharply on the rise, the Alzheimer
Society is calling on Canadians coast to coast to join these outstanding award
winners by doing their part to help people living with this illness.
Volunteering is easy, and can be as simple as leveraging your networks to
raise funds, raising your voice as an Alzheimer Advocate, or spending a couple
of hours a week helping at your local Alzheimer Society office.
    "As the only nationwide health service organization for people affected
by dementia in Canada, the Alzheimer Society is doing everything it can to
help those living with this illness," says Richard Nakoneczny, Volunteer
President for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "But we can't do it alone. We
need Canadians across the country to help us help those touched by Alzheimer's
disease and related dementias."
    To learn more, please contact your local Alzheimer Society, or visit

    About the Alzheimer Society

    The Alzheimer Society is the leading, nationwide health organization for
people affected by dementia in Canada. The Society is a principal funder of
Alzheimer research and training, provides enhanced care and support to people
with the disease, their families and their caregivers, and is a prominent
voice within all levels of government. Active in more than 140 communities
across Canada, the Society is also a key player in Alzheimer's Disease
International, an organization at the forefront of world wide efforts to fight
dementia. For more information, please visit www.alzheimer.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Patricia Wilkinson, Manager, Media and
Government Relations, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Office: 1-800-616-8816 or
(416) 847-2959, Mobile: (416) 669-5715, pwilkinson@alzheimer.ca

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