Alzheimer Society looking to fill position


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The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts is looking for a new co-ordinator after long-time executive director Margaret Schonewille accepted the position as director of development at Providence College and Seminary in Steinbach, Man., and will begin working there this month.
Schonewille has been involved with the local Alzheimer Society for the past 15 years, serving as a board member for four years and executive director for 11.
She and her husband, Dick, will be living just outside Brandon, Man.
He will remain at the Alzheimer Society office in Kenora until someone to take his wife’s position is hired or the end of April, whichever comes first.
Meanwhile, the Alzheimer Society has begun advertising for a new person to take a similar position that will be referred to as a “First Link” co-ordinator, as opposed to executive director.
The “First Link” co-ordinator will be responsible for planning, implementing, and delivering the First Link Project—an innovative program that is funded under the Ontario government’s new “Aging at Home Strategy.”
The program is designed to promote early access to support and education in the community for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease or a related disorder (ADRD).
It also links their families and/or care providers to community supports to enhance their capacity to assist the person with ADRD to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
The “First Link” co-ordinator also will be responsible for working in co-operation with other programs being offered by the Alzheimer Society, as well as performing duties consistent with the job classification, such as recruiting volunteers.
For more details about this position, contact the Alzheimer Society at or by calling 1-800-682-0245 (Northwestern Ontario only).
The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts will remain based in Kenora, with a satellite office in Dryden.