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Volunteers key to making May 29 Alzheimer’s Walk a success in Penticton

“Every year, we are deeply impressed by the generosity and dedication [volunteers] display”
Volunteers are the driver of success for many fundraising events including the Walk for Alzheimer’s in Penticton May 29 at Skaha Lake Park. (Submitted)

National Volunteer Week at the end of April provides an opportunity to recognize the key role volunteers play in the South Okanagan and other regions around the province.

This is especially true of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s flagship fundraiser, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s starting at Rotary Centennial Pavilion at Skaha Lake Park, Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

Every year, volunteer committees – including one in Penticton — organize, promote, fundraise and build awareness of the Walk and the cause. It is because of their commitment and passion that the Alzheimer Society can run this successful event to support crucial programs and services for British Columbians affected by dementia.

“We are so grateful to all the volunteers who help with the Walk. Every year, we are deeply impressed by the generosity and dedication they display when it comes to supporting British Columbians on the dementia journey,” says Cathryn France, director of resource development at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Our volunteers are the main force behind our event. They raise awareness about the disease and they help us make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia.”

After a two-year hiatus on in-person events, Penticton participants will be walking in person again to raise funds and awareness on Sunday, May 29. Thousands of British Columbians will join the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and raise funds to ensure that people affected by dementia have the tools to live their best life possible.

To register or make a donation, visit The site will also give you the option to “walk your own way” at a time and date of your choice. And until May 29, registrants will have the opportunity to win $1,000. Visit for details. Who will you walk for?

If you are affected by dementia, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. can help. Call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 or visit to learn more.

Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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