January 8th was the official launch of the Alzheimer Society of Canada's January Alzheimer Awareness campaign, I live with dementia. This is especially exciting because I have the honour of being featured in it!
This amazing feat all started when I reached out to the Alzheimer Society of Canada to become a media spokesperson in June 2017. The Communications Director of the Society, Roseanne Meandro, has worked with me since to help me get my story out there.
In September, Ramp Communications contacted me to do a photoshoot for the campaign. It just so happened that the photoshoot landed on my birthday, so I felt very special. David Tam, the Creative Director from Pear Tree Photography managed to get the shot used for the campaign right off the bat.
I continued to work with David Brouitt, the Creative Director of Ramp Ad, to refine my story, which was set to be featured as part of the campaign.
For the remainder of 2017, the campaign was under embargo, so we couldn't talk about it publicly.
But now the word is out there and I am so thrilled to get a chance to share! My hope is, and has been since I decided to become a public advocate for this cause, that by allowing myself to be vulnerable, it will resonate with people.
I want to personally thank all of the people who made this campaign possible, and I encourage you to start a discussion about dementia using the #ilivewithdementia