The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

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This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides a unique community of support for those facing dementia in all of its forms. We have been organized by, and for, people living in Ottawa and Renfrew County to meet the specific needs of our friends, family and neighbours facing a diagnosis of dementia – as well as their caregivers, families and advocates. We support and connect those living with dementia to the people, information and resources that can help them live their best lives possible.

At a glance

Year founded: 1980 as Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton; 2007 name change to Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County; 2017 name change to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and Renfrew County

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,266,843

Top funding sources: 

  • Government: 35%
  • Bequests: 32%
  • Donors and events: 22%
  • Investment/other: 10%

Dementia People

How you can help


Every dollar raised in this community stays right here in the community. When you donate to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, you are providing a happier life for people with dementia and a system of support for the caregivers who accompany them on their journey. 

Giving to education saves lives
There are more than 50 conditions with symptoms that mimic dementia. Often, because of the fear of a dementia diagnosis, those conditions may go untreated. A greater understanding of dementia and the symptoms can lead to earlier assessment. Treatable conditions can lead to dementia or death if not addressed early on.

Giving to programs improves lives
Exercise, music and art programs provide an opportunity for people living with dementia and care partners to remain social and engaged in their communities. This helps create a sense of belonging and helps to reduce social isolation, both of which improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners. 

Giving to support creates peace of mind 
Dementia Care Coaches help caregivers navigate the healthcare system and give people with dementia a clear picture of what comes next. Support groups give people with dementia and their caregivers a safe, comfortable place to connect with others in a similar situation.


Volunteers are essential to The Dementia Society’s ability to help caregivers and people living with dementia. Annually, more than 300 volunteers contribute their time and expertise. Volunteer opportunities include delivering education sessions, co-leading support groups, assisting in the delivery of recreation programs and supporting the Walk for Dementia.

Events and fundraising

Walk For Dementia
Join us Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Tunney’s Pasture for the annual Walk For Dementia. Hundreds of people walk together, pledging money in the name of loved ones who are living with dementia or who have passed on. The money raised stays in Ottawa and Renfrew County to fund programs, services and education for people with dementia, their families and the whole community.

Host an event
Consider The Dementia Society when holding an office fundraiser around the Holidays, or at a summer BBQ. Visit to request a fundraising toolkit and branded materials. Be sure to let us know about it so we can boost your event on our channels!

Board members and executives

Bauer and Colley
CEO Sheila Bauer (left) and Board of Directors chair Lynda Colley

Mike Lupiano

Paul Morton

Francis Gariepy

Anne Hennessy

Cynthia Mackay

Zaineb Al-kutoby

Louise Laramée

Scott Kuehn

Fundraising priorities

  • Development of new programs in response to growing community need
  • Development and enhancement of younger onset dementia (YOD) program to meet unique needs
  • Delivery of exceptional, responsive programs

Get in touch

1742 - 1750 Russell Rd.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1G 5Z6

Facebook: /TheDementiaSociety
Twitter: @TheDementiaSoc
Instagram: @thedementiasociety