Member Spotlights

Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum. Our revamped Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and Highlights information about our outstanding members.   For a complete list of current GPVSB Members click HERE.   Not a Member - join GPVSB today! Click here! for membership information.

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*Information gathered for the Member Spotlights is obtained from the respective Agencies.


 

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Roughly 564,000 Canadians live with dementia, one of many diseases that cause dementia is Alzheimer’s. An irreversible illness that is not a normal part of aging, destroys brain cells causing the ability to think and one’s memory to deteriorate. The mission of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASABNT) is to bring awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to the public; help alleviate the personal and social consequences of the disease; provide education and support programs; and promote and fund research into the cause, prevention and cure.

With an office in Grande Prairie and others in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife, ASABNT’s programs and services complement the existing healthcare system by addressing the support and educational needs of families and care partners on an ongoing basis. Programs and Services offered by the agency are:
    • First Link, a Direct Referral Link with diagnosing physicians and health care professionals for individuals and families to connect into community resources, learning and support.
    • Care Partner Support Groups for ongoing encouragement and exchange of knowledge or tips for successful daily living.
    • A Resource Library in the office and online, overflowing with helpful topics.
    • The ASANT Cafe is available at their Care Partner meeting room and online with a virtual community for education and support.
    • Public Forums and Live meetings; education sessions designed for large audiences.
    • Presentations are given to Health Care Professionals and Community Partners to raise awareness and understanding of dementia of all kinds.
    • MedicAlert Safely Home is a 24/7 emergency hot-line provided on behalf of those who are at risk of wandering into harm and danger. The person living with dementia wears a safety bracelet with critical information engraved on it so they can be quickly identified and protected.

With these programs and Services ASABNT’s regional offices provide care and support on an individual and family basis for those living with the disease. People need to know they're not alone in the journey so during First link and Support groups they feel encouraged, strengthened and more equipped to provide care for their person living with dementia. The on-line links and resources keep them learning about their person's specific form of dementia and the care needed throughout the stages, including support services available in the community. 

When asked how volunteers help their organization, ASABNT Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy said “Without volunteers, our programs, services and days like The Walk for Alzheimer's couldn't be the success they are. The vast areas in Canada served need many volunteers passing on information, hosting Coffee Breaks, facilitating Support Groups, being Ambassadors, and Fundraising to keep Research, Services, Education and Supports going forward on behalf of all Persons Living with Dementia.” To become a volunteer with ASABNT phone or visit an Alzheimer Society office expressing the desire to help, potential volunteers fill out a short form and may require a Criminal Check for Vulnerable Persons depending on the area of interest.

To contact the Grande Prairie office call 780-882-8770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The GPVSB would like to thank the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories and their Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy for being part of our Member Spotlight. For more information about this organization visit https://www.alzheimer.ab.ca and follow them on:

For online community and forums visit https://www.asantcafe.ca and/or https://discussions.dementiatalk.org/.

Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society

Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical SocietyVision Statement: Bringing the Past into the Present for the Future.

Mission Statement: To Provide Support and Services for People Researching their Family History and Genealogy.

Discovering your family history can be an amazing journey though it may be a little daunting if you don’t know where or how to start. Luckily for residents of Northwestern Alberta the Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society can help. Receiving its Charter on February 28, 1978 from the Alberta Genealogical Society, the purpose of the Grande Prairie and District Branch is to promote interest in family history and genealogical research by providing opportunities for the exchange of genealogical ideas and information.

When asked what programs his organization offers, Grande Prairie Branch President Ed Hall said “We have monthly meetings with educational programs. In partnership with the Grande Prairie Public Library we have a room containing a significant genealogy collection including magazines, books, Canadian Census, and a computer with access to Ancestry.com.” He continues by saying “we offer a Genie service which helps all citizens in their  family research; hold presentations to groups in the surrounding area; have workshops/conferences available to the public free of charge; we have an Index to the Obituaries of the Northwest; our Special Interest Group Initiative offers sessions to members and the public on a specific genealogical topics; and our local website contains information about the Branch and its activities.”

Volunteers are a vital part of the agency, Ed shares “Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. We do not have any paid positions, and all are programs and activities are conducted by volunteers. They have the expertise to help people begin their research and to help those with already developed skills break through barriers to further knowledge.” Volunteers currently work on several projects: Genies in the Library; collecting and indexing of obituaries from area newspapers; and photographing & transcribing gravestones in local cemeteries. For more information on becoming a member and/or volunteer with the Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society visit them online at https://abgenealogy.ca/grande-prairie-branch or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The GPVSB would like to thank the Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society and Ed Hall for being part of our Member Spotlight.

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