Board of Directors
The Alzheimer Society Board of Directors for 2016/2017 is:
Pamela was born and raised in a small farming community in southern Saskatchewan and has lived in Waterloo since 2008. She became a member of the Alzheimer Society of Kitchener Waterloo Board of Directors in 2009 and served as both Vice Chair and Chair of that Board from 2011 to 2014. Pamela practices law in Kitchener at the firm of Morrison Reist. She specializes in employment law advising and advocating for both employee and employer clients in respect of severance packages, wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, employment standards, human rights compliance and claims, enforcement of non-competition clauses, personal and psychological harassment and accommodation of disabled employees, to name a few. Pamela was called to the Ontario bar in 2006 after completing her law degree at the University of Western Ontario. She loves science and has always had an interest in brain biology and brain health particularly as it related to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Her personal experience during her childhood with her great grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's brought her awareness of the disease and an understanding of the care and support that is needed in coping with the realities of the disease. In her law practice Pamela's interest in mental health has manifested as a passion for advocating for psychological safety in the workplace and negotiating liability related to mental illness and mental injury resulting from abusive workplace environments.
Pamela is dedicated to continuing legal education, community leadership and volunteerism. Pamela has spoken on mental health in the workplace at a Grand Valley Chapter Human Resources Professionals Conference for Employment Lawyers and at a Human Resources Professionals Association yearly legal update in Toronto. She is also an alumni of Engage, a program of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation designed to inspire local entrepreneurs, aspiring community leaders, and investors to invest in the future of the community. Pamela is also a member of WINC, a fantastic local networking group for female entrepreneurs.
Scott has worked as a communicator and leader in technology firms for over 20 years. He is currently Director of the Waterloo R&D team at Dematic, a US-based supply chain company. He has a BS (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University. Among various volunteering contributions, Scott was a Board Member and Chair at The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region. He likes to run and bike, travel and read. He lives in Waterloo with his wife and two sons.
Nancy is a Registered Nurse and presently is Director of Operations for two Retirement Homes, one in Waterloo and the other in Fergus. Prior to this role, she had over 30 years experience as a Senior Manager in Long Term Care. It was during this time that she became involved with the Alzheimer Society, firstly as an educator, then in developing Alzheimer Day Away Program and again when asked to sit on the taskforce that was proposing an Alzheimer Society for Cambridge. She became a member of the Alzheimer Cambridge Board of Directors in 2000 most recently holding the position of President during the period of the Amalgamation. Nancy was also a member of the Joint Integration Committee of the three Boards and is very pleased to be past of this new ASWW Board.
On a personal note, Nancy's uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2003 and the Alzheimer Society in Woodstock played a very important role is supporting her Aunt.
Nancy and her husband John live by Puslinch Lake, near Cambridge. They have 6 sons, 5 daughter-in-laws and are delighted to be awaiting the arrival of their 10th grandchild. When not involved in family functions they love to travel – often heading to the Netherlands to visit John's family or just going on a camping vacation here at home.
Like so many others, Chris has had to face Alzheimer's and Lewey Body Syndrome with their devastating effects on his family. He is looking to help the Alzheimer Society to extend it's reach to more Persons With Dementia and their families. As a Board member, he hopes to use his background in Board governance, financial reporting and business process improvement to help the amalgamated Waterloo Wellington organization to grow. As a chartered accountant with a background serving entrepreneurial companies, he has seen the way that community initiatives and re-investment can create a culture of business success. In his consulting practice he has worked with numerous local companies on various strategic growth initiatives. There is a growing movement locally to create this same culture of partnership and re-investment in our community service organizations. He will work to ensure the financial viability of the society as well as its future partnership strategies.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Masters of Business Administration. He was Manager at Goetz Pharmacy Limited and President and Owner of Preston Medical Pharmacy. He started his own business, Preston Medical Pharmacy, in 1986 and takes pride in being the owner of one of the few Independent pharmacies in Cambridge. Brian served on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Society of Cambridge and is an active member of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Preston Knights of Columbus, and Cambridge’s Right to Life Association. He is extensively involved in Coaching Cambridge travel basketball for fifteen years. Brian is a member of Cambridge Y.M.C.A and enjoys playing competitive basketball, baseball, and squash while still trying to master tennis and golf. Brian is a lifetime resident of the Region of Waterloo. He has three daughters and has been married for thirty three years. Both his mother and mother-in-law have dementia.
Rennie is a CPA who has worked at Sun Life in Finance and Risk Management for almost 20 years. Rennie has volunteered with a number of local organizations including The Literacy Group, Hospice Waterloo Region and Grand River Mental Health. Having seen her mother's health deteriorate under the strain of being a caregiver for a husband with Alzheimer's, she understands the value to the community of providing education and support for families facing those challenges.
Samantha Martin is a social worker in the field of geriatric mental health, with a strong background in dementia support. She graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, specializing in Gerontology and completing a combined Aging Across the Life Course certificate. She has worked in numerous areas of dementia care, ranging from services in long term care, hospital and palliative care settings, community outreach, public awareness, research, advocacy, addictions, mental health and program development. Samantha started working at the Alzheimer Society in 2010 as a student and has since continued her involvement with the Society in numerous volunteer roles. She is extremely passionate about the field of gerontology and dementia support and is excited to be applying her frontline knowledge and experience to the further development of the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.
Cathy Harrington has worked for more than 25 years in the non-profit sector within Waterloo Region and Wellington County. She is currently the Executive Director of Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot, a non-profit organization which provides services and supports to help seniors and adults with disabilities to living independently in their own homes. Prior to this role, Cathy worked for 22 years as the Director of Employment and Housing at Lutherwood. Beyond her knowledge and experience in working with seniors, Cathy brings experience in partnership development, program development, community development, direct front-line experience as well as senior management experience related to a variety of areas of the non-profit sector including employment, housing, poverty reduction, community services, counselling services and related areas impacting individuals and families in our community. Cathy is an alumni of the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Applied Science specializing in Gerontology) and Wilfrid Laurier University ( MSW). Cathy is also an instructor at Conestoga College, where she teaches in the Community and Social Services Management program. She is interested in the work of ASWW as a result of personal experience within her immediate family as well as through her interest in helping her local community. Born and raised in Perth County (Listowel), Cathy currently resides in Waterloo with her husband and three boys.
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Last Updated: 07/18/17