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A Change of Mind

Alzheimer's Coffee Break introduces Vi Hoyt, this year's Walk for Memories honouree

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Ted and Vi Hoyt spent the afternoon meeting with supporters and folks in the community who took time out to drop by for a coffee Friday at Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack.


t wasn't Timmies or Starbucks with long line-ups and hard plastic chairs. It was much more casual and comfy than that at the annual Alzheimer's Association of BC Coffee Break fundraiser on Friday. 

Supporters dropped by at a fairly steady pace and schmoozed while sipping for shekels in the lobby at Evergreen Hall. A table to the side was loaded delicious home-baked cakes and pastries.

Jillian Armit, Support and Education Coordinator for the Fraser Valley, along with long-time volunteer Gail Johnson, managed to brew up a whopping $484.30 in donations to help support the local chapter.

This year, greeting people at the hall was the Vi Hoyt, who is the 2013 Fraser Valley Walk for Memories honouree. She and husband Ted were enjoying the conversation and greeting people as they came in.

Hoyt's life reads like a movie script. She's always walked to the beat of her own drum on her way to earning a black belt in karate, then later working as an instructor.

In Ontario, Hoyt directed and acted in live theatre productions. At the young age of 52, she returned to school to train as a sexual abuse counselor. The couple married in 1995 and together have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Alzheimer's statistics are dire. According to Armit, every 5-minutes, someone in Canada is diagnosed with developing dementia. Right now there are 70,000 people in BC living with this devastating disease.

"If we don't get a cure, and that's what we're here for today, in the next 30-years, in the next generation, that number will more than double," said Armit at last year's Walk for Memories.

The Walk for Memories takes place each January and is the main fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association.

Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed? The local chapter has an excellent information session coming up September 28, 2012 from 1-4 P.M. called Getting to Know Dementia in the Slesse Room at Evergreen Hall, 9291 Corbould St.

This introductory session reviews information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the challenges of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, and how to begin planning for the future. People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members are all invited to attend.

Cost is by donation and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call Jillian Armit at 604-702-4603 or e-mail here. Connect with the local branch here.

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