Our History – Key Dates

Key Dates in Our History

1980

  • Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton is established by c0-founder Madeleine Honeyman.

1982

  • Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton is incorporated.

1985

  • Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton establishes first Alzheimer Day Away Program in Canada.

1989

  • Alzheimer Society works with Algonquin College to develop, fund and teach “Working with Alzheimer Clients and their Families”.

1996

  • First Walk for Memories is held at Carlingwood Mall.

1998

  • Dementia Studies Program at Algonquin College becomes first Ministry of Education and Training approved dementia studies program in Canada.

2000

  • Alzheimer Society expands its service area by opening an office in Renfrew County.

2001

  • “The Bungalows” at the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Centre open. Conceived and conceptualized by the Alzheimer Society.

2002

  • Launch of “First Link Pilot Project Program” thanks to a two-year grant of $135,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation

2005

  • Champlain Dementia Forum leads to formation of Champlain Dementia Network.

2007

  • The Guest House – built in partnership with the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Carefor Health and Community Services – opens.
  •  Name officially changes to Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.
  •  Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is one of four pilot sites to receive funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Alzheimer Society of Ontario for the First Link Program ($900,000 over two years).

2010

  • Walk for Memories moves from Carlingwood Mall to Carleton University Fieldhouse.

2013

  • Partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto to offer first webinar to family caregivers.

2014

  •  Local Health Integration Network provides core funding to Champlain Dementia Network for ongoing dementia public awareness strategy.
  • Launched first-ever e-learning module “Preparing for the Move” to support those moving into long term care homes.

2015

  • ReThink Dementia (public awareness campaign) is launched.