Donation From Alberta Retired Teachers' Charitable Foundation

October 13, 2017
 

Parkinson Association of Alberta would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation for their generous donation of $26,000 to our organization.

Parkinson Association of Alberta helps make every day better for Albertans affected by Parkinson’s disease. We provide support services, education, advocacy and funds for research. As the only stand-alone Alberta-based charitable organization in Alberta working directly with Albertans living with Parkinson’s, we rely solely on the generosity of donors. One hundred percent of the money raised here in Alberta stays in Alberta to fund the best services, resources and research to benefit Albertans.

The $26,000 donation to Parkinson Association of Alberta by the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation is crucial for Parkinson Association of Alberta to expand support across the province. Alberta Retired Teachers’ Tele-Support Group and Peer-to-Peer Program will increase support and reach more people in need. Without these crucial services, many Albertans would suffer Parkinson’s disease alone.

The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Tele-Support Group will be a monthly call-in forum where people with Parkinson’s and/or their care partners/loved ones can speak with a Client Services Coordinator and peers across the province in a support group setting. For those for whom distance or physical limitations prohibit attendance at a monthly in-person support group, Tele-Support is a vital resource for better managing their Parkinson’s. Topics will include speech therapy and medications; more topics will be added in the coming months. 

The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Peer-to-Peer Program is an exciting new form of support that Parkinson Association of Alberta will offer. We believe that some of the most effective support can be delivered via people who have been in similar situations. Connecting our clients with others who have lived through similar life experiences so that they may support each other is vital not only to those living with and affected by Parkinson’s but is immensely important to our organization. 

While donations allow Parkinson Association of Alberta to offer support services, volunteers are also needed to help extend our reach. Many volunteer opportunities are available across Alberta, including facilitating a group, teaching a class, or aiding in fundraising.

Once again, Parkinson Association of Alberta would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation for your considerable donation. Backing like this enables us to continue to provide support, advocacy, education, and research for Parkinson’s disease, and on behalf of the community we serve, we thank you.

 

 

John Petryshen

CEO, Parkinson Association of Alberta

 
 
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