The recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Dementia Alliance International (DAI) was an inspiring event. It brought together individuals living with dementia from around the world who are dedicated to representing themselves and creating a more accessible world. The event also featured a thought-provoking speech by Christine Thelker, a DAI member who has become deeply involved in dementia advocacy and has made significant strides in her work. Let's delve into the highlights of this momentous gathering.
Thanking the Previous Board and Welcoming the Incoming Board:
First and foremost, DAI expressed heartfelt appreciation to the outgoing board for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the cause of dementia advocacy. Their tireless efforts and visionary leadership have been instrumental in shaping DAI into the influential organization it is today.
Simultaneously, a warm welcome was extended to the incoming board members, who bring with them fresh perspectives, ideas, and enthusiasm. With their diverse backgrounds and shared passion for empowering those living with dementia, the incoming board will continue to drive DAI's mission forward.
Plans for the Upcoming Year:
During the AGM, the board reiterated their commitment to focusing on DAI’s core strengths: peer-to-peer support and initiatives like the Virtual Café Le Brain. These events provide individuals living with dementia a safe space to connect, share experiences, and learn from one another. By prioritizing these essential components, DAI aims to empower individuals, foster a sense of community, and promote self-advocacy.
Inspiring Words from Christine Thelker:
One of the highlights of the AGM was the speech by Christine Thelker, a DAI member who has become deeply involved in dementia advocacy. Christine shared her journey and highlighted the invaluable support and mentorship she received from DAI. She expressed gratitude for the opportunities she had to collaborate with organizations such as The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). and emphasized the importance of including people with lived experience in research endeavors.
Christine also emphasized the importance of including people with lived experience in research endeavors, which is now mandatory in Canada. This critical step provides them with a voice like they have never had before, enabling them to shape policies and contribute to meaningful change.
She commended DAI for its role in empowering individuals to advocate for change and acknowledged the organization's continued impact. Christine's achievements, including receiving an award from CCNA, are a testament to the support and guidance she received from DAI.
The Dementia Alliance International's AGM was a resounding success, celebrating the achievements of the previous board, welcoming the incoming board, and reiterating DAI's commitment to peer-to-peer support and initiatives like the Virtual Café Le Brain. Christine Thelker's speech was a testament to the transformative power of DAI, empowering individuals with dementia to find their voices and effect positive change. As DAI continues its journey, we can look forward to a future where lived experience is cherished, and individuals living with dementia are empowered to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
While you’re here...
Donate to or become a partner with DAI: /get-involved/donate
If you have dementia, it is free to join DAI: /get-support/become-a-member
Sign up for news, articles and blogs: /blog