Award-winning volunteers

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. believes in recognizing volunteers who exemplify our core values of compassion, integrity, respect, leadership and teamwork. Each year, we invite staff and volunteers to nominate inspiring volunteers for annual award recognition.

Marg Monro, pictured receiving the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018.

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These volunteers inspire action, foster change and lead by example. Join their team and volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of B.C.


Award of Hope

Ken Walker

Recipient of the 2019 Award of Hope, inspired by Mike Crowe

Ken has a rich and engaging history with the Society, volunteering as a support group facilitator and later becoming an active member of the Society's Leadership Group of People Living with Dementia. Ken and his husband Mark are passionate about challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Ken and Mark are currently spokespeople for the Society’s 2020 “I live with dementia” campaign.

Mike Crowe worked closely with the Society in the late 90s, speaking out about his experience as a person living with dementia at a time when people simply weren’t talking about it. Recipients of this volunteer award are living with dementia and have demonstrated courage, leadership and support for others, as well as having acted as a role model while raising awareness.

Award of Leadership

Kate & Gordon Sladen

Recipient of the 2019 Award of Leadership, inspired by Clyde and Lanny Slade

During a 20 year tenure as a volunteer with the Society, Kate was engaged in variety of meaningful roles which include being a member of the board of directors, facilitating a support group for caregivers and becoming the first volunteer in the Minds in Motion program when it was implemented in Vernon. Gordon started volunteering because he was inspired by Kate's altruism and proceeded to become an invaluable member of the Minds in Motion program which he supported for more that 6 years.

Clyde and Lanny Slade’s leadership and long-term volunteer work inspired many. Lanny served as the Society’s President and was a strong advocate for dementia programs and improved access to adult day centres for people living with dementia. Clyde founded, co-chaired and encouraged the development of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s research program. He worked tirelessly to build partnerships with other B.C. community organizations and networks.

Award of Merit

Bob Proctor

Recipient of the 2019 Award of Merit, inspired by Twigg White

Bob has been volunteering with the Society since 2016 when joined the team as an assistant with the First Link program. Bob is a great source of support, encouragement, and wisdom for clients, offering empathetic responses informed by his own experiences as a caregiver. Bob is known for being able to make anyone in the room laugh and viewed as a constant form of positivity an attribute vital in fostering the supportive and friendly environment appreciated by staff and clients. Bob is selfless in the way he shares his heart and knowledge with others who are on the journey.

Mary Twigg White was President and Past President of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She was exceedingly generous to the Society with her time. Recipients of the Twigg White Award are volunteers chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the cause, empathy towards the needs of caregivers, and their sense of humour in the face of obstacles.

Community Service Award

Simon Grypma

Recipient of the 2019 Award for Community Service, inspired by Lola Turik

The 2020 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's will be Simon's 9th year as Chair. Simon has created a strong bond and high level of respect within the community contributing to his ability to deliver a well organized event that consistently raises more money than the year before.

Simon retired as the Nelson Fire Chief in 2014 as the longest serving member of the Nelson Fire department. During Simon’s career as Chief and Fire Fighter he was heavily involved with many life changing and saving initiatives that kept the community safe. When Simon retired as Chief his vision and compassion for others and their safety did not end with his career at the fire house. He has brought this vision and compassion to his role as a Society volunteer.

Simon has a personal connection with the disease that drives his motivation, having witnessed his father on the journey and experiencing the unselfish support that community caregivers provide. Simon is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the cause - ensuring quality support is always available for family affected by dementia.

Lola Turik taught school at all levels, raised a family and volunteered with numerous charitable and sports organizations including the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She was honoured in her home community of Trail as Senior Citizen of the Year, Kiwanis Sportsman of the Year and received the Trail Minor Hockey Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Recipients of the Society’s Lola Turik Community Service award have demonstrated community leadership through their volunteer work at the grassroots level.

Youth Engagement Award

Landon Short

Recipient of the 2019 Youth Engagement Award

Landon started volunteering with the Society as an assistant in the Minds in Motion program. He quickly developed close and meaningful connections with clients and became a natural team leader among volunteers. Landon has grown his position within the Society to include delivering orientation for new volunteers, providing direct support to event staff, and is frequently trusted to represent the society at public functions. Landon has three years of experience supporting the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and continues to look for new ways to engage and support the Society.

The 2020 open house in Abbotsford marks the first time the Society has presented the Youth Engagement Award. The award was inspired in recognition of Landon's contributions which were, in combination with a personal connection to the disease motivated by the desire to further explore professional and academic fields of interest through the act of volunteerism. This award recognizes volunteers who demonstrate initiative and creativity while advocating for the development of dementia friendly communities and display empathy, knowledge, and motivational skill while improving the quality of life of people affected with dementia.


Learn about how you can volunteer with us and join a team of dedicated individuals who offer their support in a wide variety of ways to expand and strengthen our ability to provide quality programs, support and services.

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Volunteer opportunities

Whether you have been personally affected by dementia or caregiving; are preparing for a career in health care, fundraising, office administration; or are looking for a worthy cause where you can make a difference, our movement needs you.

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