WHO WE ARE
YouQuest is a wellness community where people with young onset dementia enjoy an active and rewarding quality of life.
To promote the health and well-being of individuals with young onset dementia and their families by ensuring access to recreation therapy, counselling, and peer support resources.
Motivated by the De Hogeweyk dementia village concept, and born
out of lived experience, YouQuest is a catalyst for change, reframing young onset dementia from limitations to possibilities. As a not-for-profit, YouQuest will seek funding to offset costs to families already under financial strain due to this diagnosis.
WHAT WE ARE BUILDING
YouQuest has invited 10 participants to this one day/week proof-of-concept pilot as the first step in improving quality of life for families living with young onset dementia.
In 2019-20, YouQuest will scale up to 20 participants per recreation location with additional service days 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 in the community. We meet You where you are in your Quest, walking in stride for understanding, belonging and purpose.
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 U65 dementia 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 people facing U65 dementia to 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. 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. YouQuest will embody his personal motto, to ‘have a good day, every day’ for the benefit of all Calgarians and their families living with reality of U65 Dementia.
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.
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 over 23 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.