YouQuest is… Welcoming. Visionary. Active. Adventurous. Empowering.
WHO WE ARE
YouQuest will be a recreation therapy-based wellness program where active people with Young Onset Dementia can find purpose and a rewarding quality of life after diagnosis.
YouQuest will be the neighbourhood destination empowering families living with Young Onset Dementia to have a good day, every day.
WHAT WE ARE BUILDING
YouQuest will pre-screen for 10 participants in late 2017; the 2018 pilot will operate 3 full days/week as the first step in improving quality of life for families living with YOD.
2019 will see expansion to 5 days/week for up to 20 participants per location, replicable to other community sites to meet demand.
ABOUT OUR NAME
YouQuest reflects that our focus is on You and creating connections to what’s uniquely important in your life. We meet You where you are in your Quest, walking in stride for understanding, belonging and purpose.
Inspired by the Dementia Village community living concept, YouQuest will strengthen families and neighbourhoods. As a non-proift association, YouQuest will seek funding to offset costs to families already under financial strain due to this diagnosis.
tell me the sky
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– Paul Brandt –
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cindy McCaffery has extensive project management experience gained in roles as a publisher, writer, editor and executive assistant. Her involvement with YOD began when her father-in-law was diagnosed at age 52, and continues with her husband who was diagnosed in 2007 at age 48. As a member of the Southwood YOD Care Partner Group, Cindy knows there is a better way to help younger people living with dementia enjoy a desirable quality of life. Through recreation activities, being with peers and having skilled support to pursue one’s interests, she will ensure that YouQuest provides an inviting place to belong and gives families true opportunities for respite.
Myrla Bulman is a consultant with a background in corporate, health, and technology and stewardship projects. After a family health crisis, she became a caregiver — an experience that put focus on what really matters and created the drive to be a social entrepreneur. As an inspiring health promotion alterative to premature long-term care, Myrla sees YouQuest as an opportunity for individuals to find their own potential and be empowered to live better within their community. Since we all share the responsibility to nurture strong communities care partners need to know we care about them as well as they manage many conflicting responsibilities for their younger families.
John McCaffery left his career as an estate administrator with a national bank at age 48 because he experienced cognitive difficulties due to dementia. Although he no longer participates in many of his favourite sports, he strives to stay active and has found a welcome place in Calgary’s vibrant disc golf community. John contributes his ideas to YouQuest from a user’s point of view, and enjoys seeing how the project is taking shape. He puts a focus on keeping things positive for his family and YouQuest will embody his personal motto, to ‘have a good day, every day’ for the benefit of all Calgarians living with Young Onset Dementia and their families.
Hopeton Louden has over 30 years of diverse strategic leadership experience, revolving around serving the communities he lives in and cares for. He is currently a consulting CEO for Bearspaw First Nation, Eden Valley; his previous roles include Director of Community Wellness for Wesley First Nation; Deputy Reeve of Rocky View County and Councillor of Division 8; Founder of TCS Family Services, the first agency in Calgary area to provide counselling and support services in families’ homes. Hopeton moved to Canada from Jamaica at the age of 17. He attended the University of Calgary and received his MBA in Aboriginal Economic Development from Cape Breton University.
Maggie McTurk is a community relations specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the development, management and implementation of multi-million-dollar community investment programs. Her extensive experience in community relations and corporate giving is complemented by skills in Aboriginal relations, stakeholder consultation and communications, investor relations, event planning and marketing. She is a committed volunteer and has contributed to the goals of numerous organizations including a local crisis nursery, Calgary Stampede events and a children’s summer camp in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Since 2005, Maggie has been primary caregiver to two parents with dementia.
Glenn Skimming is an active member of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and considers it an honour to be a Recreation Therapist encouraging individuals to make informed leisure choices. Glenn was a Transit Operator for almost 24 years and achieved his Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Alberta. Glenn has since worked in Adult Day Support programs, Supportive Living and Long Term Care, and continues to build partnerships with community organizations and the clients he supports. As Marketing Director for the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) Glenn is actively involved in the evolution of national professional standards.
Maureen Wit has been advocating for families since 1988 at Hull Services and the Calgary Board of Education. Her strong passion for families dealing with dementia grew from her experience as the main care provider for her father. Facilitating groups is one of Maureen’s strengths; she brings compassion, respect and a splash of humour to the family dialogue. She has been awarded the Child and Family worker of the Year award at Hull Services three times by her colleagues; she presented at the International Child and Youth Conference 2003, Victoria, British Columbia and the Alberta Teachers Association Conference 2013, Calgary, Alberta. Maureen is a Mount Royal College Child and Youth Care program graduate and member of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta.