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Win for Memory Café and community

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, a time for Canadians to reflect on the courage and resilience of people who are affected by dementia. 

In Wolfville, this special month is being celebrated with an additional level of recognition, following a big win at the Jan. 15 Dementia-Friendly Communities awards for the Memory Café

The Memory Café NS was born out of Wolfville’s Memory Café project, which was started via collaboration between a local Geriatric Psychiatrist (Beverley Cassidy) and Wolfville Recreation. The program is hosted at Charts Café in Wolfville.

The team has grown to include several local volunteers and has been successful in developing programming now used in other municipalities and communities across Nova Scotia. Memory Café NS is also supported by funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and The Mud Creek Rotary Club.

The awards were created by the Dementia-Friendly Canada project, designed to recognize the phenomenal work that is being done across the country to make Canada a place that is inclusive and supportive for people affected by dementia.

There were six different categories for the inaugural award ceremony: voice, ally, grassroots group, municipality, small to medium organization and large organization. Wolfville’s Memory Café was recognized with a win in the grassroots group category.

Congratulations to all involved for making Wolfville a more dementia-friendly place to live.