Happy New Year & Happy 5th Birthday DAI

Today is January 1, 2019! It  is not only New Years Day, it is the celebration of the 5th Birthday of Dementia Alliance International!

We therefore also wish everyone a safe and peaceful New Year, as well as a meaningful and productive year ahead, and really hope you will join us for our 5th Birthday Celebration and Webinar later this month.

The eight founding members who set up DAI, decided the organization  should be a global advocacy and support group, of, by and for people with dementia. The original Vision was for “A World where people with dementia are valued.”

DAI’s Vision now is: “A world where people with dementia are valued and included” and we are proud to also be global, well beyond the three countries the original co founders are from.

Although there were and still are many Alzheimer’s organisations, their missions started with support for families and care partners, and the founding members of DAI believed that peer to peer support specifically of, by and for people with dementia was needed. The eight founding members also noticed that too often, people spoke for us and about us, but rarely invited us to speak for ourselves. The first few years that people with dementia spoke at ADI conferences, they usually had to submit abstracts and pay to attend.

It is very likely most of the founding members did not have the goal or vision for the amount or level of global advoacy and activism DAI has become involved in, nor any sense of who we would be collaborating or in relationships and partnerships with, but in five years, we have worked hard, and collaborated to work with many leading organisations including the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.

Yesterday was the last official day of active service as members of the Board of Directors for Phyllis Fehr, Ian Gladstone, and Agnes Houston, and we thank them sincerely for their service. Our incoming 2019 Board of Directors will meet next week for their first official board meeting, and we will more formally introduce you to them board soon. By attending our birthday party or our January Webinar, you will also get to meet them online.

Our official celebration of our 5th Birthday will be held on January 15/16, 2019. DAI Members will be sent the login details separately and everyone else will be receive registration details to attend soon.

DAI’s January “A Meeting Of The Minds” January Webinar: “5 years on: Why DAI? Where have we been? Where are we going?” will be held on January 30/31, 2019. The presenters are DAI’s Chair & CEO Kate Swaffer and Treasurer John Sandblom, two of the original co founders. You can read about it and register for it here…

Check out our 2019 Board of Directors

Kate Swaffer (Chair/CEO)
Jerry Wylie (Vice Chair)
Eileen Taylor (Secretary)
John Sandblom (Treasurer)
James McKillop
Maria Turner
Alister Robertson
Christine Thelker
Michael Belleville
Bill Turner (Image not available)
Howard Gordon
Carole Mulliken