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Member Spotlights

Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum. Our revamped Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and Highlights information about our outstanding members.   For a complete list of current GPVSB Members click HERE.   Not a Member - join GPVSB today! Click here! for membership information.

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*Information gathered for the Member Spotlights is obtained from the respective Agencies.


 

Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068

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Mission Statement: The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Kakwa Toastmasters Members (Photo provided by Kakwa Toastmaster Club #3068)For many speaking in front of a room of people can be a daunting task, but with practice some can build their confidence and the skill to become a great public speaker.  To help residents in Grande Prairie and area they can join the Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068.  Part of Toastmasters International, the local club has been helping past, present and future members improve their leadership and communication skills for over forty years in our community.

Club President Warren Miller says, “The Toastmasters program helps individuals overcome a fear of speaking; organize their thoughts; prepare and present their message; open presentations with engaging comments; recognize the needs of an audience.” The organization holds 40 meetings during the year. Lead by fellow members the group practices speaking on topics without preparation during a Q&A period called Table Topics, they also prepare & present speeches to the group and receive constructive feedback on how to improve their skills.  Members can take an online program called Pathways, that is designed to develop communication and leadership skills to help them and other members succeed. Warren states, “local Toastmasters have moderated panels and acted as Master of Ceremonies for a non-profit events with skills they learned through Toastmasters.”

Those interested in joining Kakwa Toastmaster can attend a meeting as a guest and become a member by filling out an application and paying club dues .For more information about Kakwa Toastmasters call 780-882-4188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit them online at 3068.toastmastersclubs.org and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3068.toastmastersclubs/.   

The GPVSB would like to thank Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068 and their President Warren Miller for being part of our Member Spotlight.

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Roughly 564,000 Canadians live with dementia, one of many diseases that cause dementia is Alzheimer’s. An irreversible illness that is not a normal part of aging, destroys brain cells causing the ability to think and one’s memory to deteriorate. The mission of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASABNT) is to bring awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to the public; help alleviate the personal and social consequences of the disease; provide education and support programs; and promote and fund research into the cause, prevention and cure.

With an office in Grande Prairie and others in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife, ASABNT’s programs and services complement the existing healthcare system by addressing the support and educational needs of families and care partners on an ongoing basis. Programs and Services offered by the agency are:
    • First Link, a Direct Referral Link with diagnosing physicians and health care professionals for individuals and families to connect into community resources, learning and support.
    • Care Partner Support Groups for ongoing encouragement and exchange of knowledge or tips for successful daily living.
    • A Resource Library in the office and online, overflowing with helpful topics.
    • The ASANT Cafe is available at their Care Partner meeting room and online with a virtual community for education and support.
    • Public Forums and Live meetings; education sessions designed for large audiences.
    • Presentations are given to Health Care Professionals and Community Partners to raise awareness and understanding of dementia of all kinds.
    • MedicAlert Safely Home is a 24/7 emergency hot-line provided on behalf of those who are at risk of wandering into harm and danger. The person living with dementia wears a safety bracelet with critical information engraved on it so they can be quickly identified and protected.

With these programs and Services ASABNT’s regional offices provide care and support on an individual and family basis for those living with the disease. People need to know they're not alone in the journey so during First link and Support groups they feel encouraged, strengthened and more equipped to provide care for their person living with dementia. The on-line links and resources keep them learning about their person's specific form of dementia and the care needed throughout the stages, including support services available in the community. 

When asked how volunteers help their organization, ASABNT Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy said “Without volunteers, our programs, services and days like The Walk for Alzheimer's couldn't be the success they are. The vast areas in Canada served need many volunteers passing on information, hosting Coffee Breaks, facilitating Support Groups, being Ambassadors, and Fundraising to keep Research, Services, Education and Supports going forward on behalf of all Persons Living with Dementia.” To become a volunteer with ASABNT phone or visit an Alzheimer Society office expressing the desire to help, potential volunteers fill out a short form and may require a Criminal Check for Vulnerable Persons depending on the area of interest.

To contact the Grande Prairie office call 780-882-8770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The GPVSB would like to thank the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories and their Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy for being part of our Member Spotlight. For more information about this organization visit https://www.alzheimer.ab.ca and follow them on:

For online community and forums visit https://www.asantcafe.ca and/or https://discussions.dementiatalk.org/.

Disclaimer of Liability: This page contains links to third-party service provider websites. Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is not responsible and assumes no liability for the content or materials available on any linked third-party sites.

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