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The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

What we do

As the number of seniors grow and our population ages, the number of people living with dementia also grows. Today in Ottawa and Renfrew County there are 24,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides free local services including support, education and activities–online and in-person—for people living with dementia their caregivers and families. We support and connect those living with dementia to our Dementia Care Coaches and provide them with the right information and resources to live well with dementia.


  • Government: 45%
  • Bequests: 35%
  • Donors and Events: 14%
  • Investments/Other: 6%

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How you can help


Financial support from our community contributes to closing the funding gap so we can reach and provide support and services to the growing number of people in our region facing dementia. Monthly and general donations enable us to provide the right tools and resources to those living with dementia and create awareness of this illness. To celebrate a milestone, giving only adds to the joy! Mark your special day by bringing a smile to the lives of those living with dementia.


Sponsor a special event, a meaningful program or fundraise an initiative that is close to your heart. Sponsor dollars help us continue to create exercise, technology, music and art programs that provide opportunities for people living with dementia and care partners to remain social and engaged. These activities and programs have helped reduce isolation, especially during the challenges of the pandemic.


Donate your time and expertise by volunteering with The Dementia Society. You can help improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners.

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Individuals and businesses can take our 30-minute dementia-inclusive training to learn strategies for approaching and communicating with a person living with dementia and gain perspective on environmental considerations to optimize your home or place of business for people living with dementia and their caregivers. This training aims to reduce the stigma around dementia and help build a dementia-inclusive community where the people living with dementia and their caregivers feel safe, understood and included.


The BrainyActive Challenge

The Dementia Society’s BrainyActive Challenge, held in September during World Alzheimer’s Awareness

Month, is an invitation to exercise your brain every day to build a brain-boosting habit while you raise funds to help people living with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County. On September 25, 2022 we hosted our first-ever BrainyActive celebration event in person at the Canada Agriculture and Food!

Every dollar raised goes to developing and supporting programs that help people in our region facing dementia.

Host an event

Consider The Dementia Society while organizing 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 social channels! Raise funds for The Dementia Society to ensure no one in Ottawa or Renfrew County region faces dementia alone.


Ottawa: Suite 500, 2323-2327 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, K1G 4J8 

Renfrew County: 115 – 16 Edward St. South Arnprior, ON K7S 3W4 

613-523-4004 | 888-411-2067


Year Founded: 1980

Total revenue for last fiscal year: 4,279,148

Twitter: @TheDementiaSoc

Facebook: /TheDementiaSociety

Instagram: @thedementiasociety

LinkedIn: @TheDementiaSocietyofOttawaandRenfrewCounty

Wendy Grimshaw, CEO


Lynda Colley, Chair, Board of Directors

Tom Caldwell

Anne Van Delst, Treasurer

Marg Egan

Marilyn Fevrier

Anne Hennessy

Louise Laramée, Secretary

Paul Morton

Mary Alice Macneil


Ottawa and Renfrew County


Providing support and education to help those facing dementia find the right information and resources they need to live well

Development of new programs and activities that engage people living with dementia and help to reduce social isolation

Creating a dementia-inclusive community so that the people living with dementia and their caregivers can continue to live meaningful lives in the community

Charitable Registration No. 118785013 RR 0001