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A huge Thank You to our Dementia Friendly Community Supporters across Hastings and Prince Edward. These are individuals who have participated in our trainings to raise awareness about dementia and strategies to enhance communication with persons living with dementia. ASHPE is pleased to present Dementia Friendly Community decals to organizations and entities where 75 percent or more of their staff or volunteers participated in the training. Decal recipients include the following community partners:

Stirling-Rawdon Public Library (L to R: Theresa Brennon, Jaye Bannon, and Haley Latch) (photo taken before covid-19)

County of Prince Edward Public Library


Salvation Army Belleville Community and Family Services (Connie Goodsell)

North Hastings Public Library (Shirley McRandall)

Madoc Public Library (Leigh Anne Lavender)

Hospice Prince Edward (L to R: Sarah McKenny and Melanie Dailey)

Hastings Highlands Public Library (L to R: Tiffany Dalley and Jessica O'Reilly)


Township of Carlow Mayo


Want to book FREE Dementia Awareness training for your staff or volunteers?

Reach out to Deborah at 613 476 2085 or Deborah.hierlihy@alzheimerhpe.ca


ASHPE is grateful for funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for our Dementia Friendly Communities program.

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As with all ASHPE programs, we have developed new ways to deliver our Dementia Friendly Communities initiative during this time of Covid restrictions. A main pillar of the program is offering training for businesses, municipalities and community organizations in how to be more dementia aware. Through enhanced communication skills, we can make a difference in the lives of persons living with dementia and their care partners.


Training for Staff and Volunteer Teams in Hastings-Prince Edward and Brighton

Dementia Awareness Training is now offered in a variety of formats to meet the needs of your workplace or community group. These include video conferencing (e.g. Zoom), online learning modules and/or small group in person sessions. Reach out to us for more information. It's free and it's relevant if you serve a clientele that includes persons 55+.


A Shout Out to Participants in Recent Trainings

Staff and volunteers from Hospice Prince Edward joined in two virtual sessions this fall and participated in lively conversations, sharing and learning from each other's experiences. Thank you to Hospice staff for organizing these sessions.


Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator Deborah Hierlihy and Sarah Krieger, Education and Support Coordinator, enjoyed connecting with staff from three non profit housing organizations at an in-person training in Bancroft. Thank you North Hastings Housing Corporation for hosting the training!


Thank you to all the Quinte area non profit and co-op housing providers who joined us in a virtual training session. We appreciate the close working relationships you have with tenants, many of whom are seniors -- and we know you are "eyes on the community," always trying to find creative ways to solve problems.


It was a pleasure to connect with Prince Edward County library staff in a recent Zoom session. Thank you for all you do for the community and best of luck with the capital project underway.


We were delighted to meet again with the security team at Quinte Mall and be part of a conversation about responding in situations where a person may be living with dementia. Your thoughtful approach with persons in difficulty goes a long way to creating a kinder community.


We continue to offer Dementia Awareness Training within the financial services sector, and recently met members of the teams at Quinte First/Alterna Savings Credit Union branches. Thank you all for your interest and participation, and for your support of the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative.


Want to book FREE Dementia Awareness training for your staff or volunteers?

Reach out to Deborah at 613 476 2085 or Deborah.hierlihy@alzheimerhpe.ca


ASHPE is grateful for funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for our Dementia Friendly Communities program.



Have you seen the new Dementia Friendly Community Supporter decals in Tweed?

Tweed municipal employees, including library staff and fire fighters, as well as Council members participated in the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Awareness training. The decal is in recognition that over 75 % of employees were trained as part of the initiative. The Municipality (@TweedOntario) joins CIBC Tweed and The Tweed News in displaying the decals.

When you see the decal, let our community partners know that you appreciate all they do to make Tweed and Hastings County safe and welcoming for all residents and visitors.



Tweed Mayor Jo-Anne Albert and Rachelle Hardesty, Community Development Manager are joined by ASHPE Executive Director Maureen Corrigan (far right) and Deborah Hierlihy, Coordinator Dementia Friendly Communities (far left) for the presentation of the decal.




Shannon Ruttle, CAO displays the new decal at the Tweed Public Library.


Want to book FREE Dementia Awareness training for your staff or volunteers? Reach out to Deborah at 613 476 2085 or Deborah.hierlihy@alzheimerhpe.ca


We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for our Dementia Friendly Communities program.


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