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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
10 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au People Diana Mitchell VolunTEEr 1982-2002 Diana Mitchell, a long-term volunteer for AlzNSW, sadly passed away on 28 September 2010 at the age of 91. Following the diagnosis of her husband, Malcolm, with Alzheimer’s disease, Diana became a volunteer with AlzNSW in 1982 when the organisation was in its fledgling years. Diana continued to volunteer with AlzNSW long after Malcolm’s death in 1984, commencing one of the first support groups in NSW in Ryde. This group continues today and Diana, together with long-time friends and fellow advocates Connie Blomgren and Di Griffin, coordinated this group for many years. Diana manned our National Dementia Helpline on a regular basis, was a tireless fundraiser and advocate for people living with dementia, and undertook regular speaking engagements within the community as a member of the Speakers Bureau. Diana also served as an advocate on the Guardianship Board. Diana was a great supporter of Alzheimer’s Australia and worked tirelessly for 20 years to improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in NSW. Diana was well known and loved throughout AlzNSW and our thoughts go out to her family and friends. John Page VolunTEEr 2001-2010 John Page volunteered as a counsellor with the National Dementia Helpline on a regular basis over the past 10 years, while also doing other volunteer work with Uniting Care. Although John had experienced some very tough times in his life, including living with disability as a result of an accident when he was young, he was always willing to help others and he never gave up on life. John expressed great kindness towards everyone he came into contact with and was full of wisdom – he was the sort of person who would give but expect nothing in return. He had a wonderfully supportive wife and family. Through his long illness John continued to support the Helpline, coming in for his shifts until only a few weeks before he died in November 2010. John will be much missed for his kindness and wisdom by all his colleagues and by callers to the Helpline, and will always be remembered by the Helpline team. Two dedicated AlzNSW volunteers recently passed away. Here, we remember their contributions to helping people living with dementia. Thank you & farewell 10 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au
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