Memory Ball Team

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Samantha Kellerman

Why Memory Ball?

Samantha has been part of Memory Ball since 2013. With family and friends who have been affected by Alzheimer’s, she is passionate about raising awareness and funding for this devastating disease. Memory Ball’s focus on educating young Canadians while encouraging them to take action is so important.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama

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Claire Poirier

Why Memory Ball?

Claire’s mother Jane Holland passed away in 2019, after a long 12 years living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Prior to her mother’s diagnosis, Claire also lost her grandfather to complications with Alzheimer’s disease. For Claire, Memory Ball is a way of paying tribute to her mother while raising awareness for this devastating disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Sam Hume HeadshotSamantha Hume

Why Memory Ball?

A recurring attendee of the annual gala, Sam officially joined the Memory Ball team in 2017. She has seen how Alzheimer’s disease has altered some of her closest friends’ lives as they take on a caregiver role of their loved ones. For Sam, Memory Ball is about supporting those friends, sharing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, and of equal importance, increasing awareness around the impact this disease has on immediate caregivers of those who have been diagnosed.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“Remember that what you seek is seeking you, and that everything you need is already inside of you.”

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Annie Burt

Why Memory Ball?

Annie has seen firsthand how Alzheimer’s has impacted the lives of those close to her and their struggle to cope with such a devastating disease. In 2017, after several years of attending the annual gala, Annie joined the committee to help raise awareness, fund caregiver support and find a cure. Memory Ball strives to create a close community that supports all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown

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Bailee Apple

Why Memory Ball?

Bailee joined the Memory Ball team in 2018. With her passion for bringing people together along with her own connection to Alzheimers, she began assisting in events, sponsorship and finance. She hopes that the efforts made by the committee can contribute to increased awareness, support and prevention of the disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

Whoever said that sunshine makes you happy has never danced in the rain!

Ari Yapoujian

Why Memory Ball?

When my Father was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, I felt helpless. Coming from a family that has difficulty expressing their feelings, I felt like I needed to look elsewhere and do my part in helping find a cure, if not for my Dad, then for the next generation. Through google searches, I found the young leaders council for the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto and subsequently, Memory Ball. One meeting with Carolyn and Laura and I knew this was the perfect fit for me to volunteer my time and energy and at the very least, the hope that our small contribution can help eradicate this ugly disease that continues to wreak havoc on patients and families

Best advice or favourite quote:

Don’t wait to live your life, go out and do it!

Katherine Fuderich

Why Memory Ball?

When Kath was in her final year of University (2010), her Mom was at home struggling, going through countless tests and doctor appointments to discover ultimately, a year and a half later, she was living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. This shocking, hopeless and life-altering diagnosis was heavy. Shortly after she shared this news with friends, she was connected with Carolyn Poirier, another woman her age, who’s mother had been diagnosed with the same thing. This friendship and understanding is, to this day, the most helpful form of coping that Kath has found. In being part of the founding team of Memory Ball, her goal was to be part of creating a community of young people who can not only support others struggling with similar family tragedy, but also to educate friends and community on this under-recognized and under-funded illness. Long term her hope is that events like Memory Ball do not need to exist, but as for now she believes there is a strong need to continue being a loud voice for those who cannot advocate for themselves as well as all the unpaid family-caregivers who’s lives are affected by this disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, but how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Lauren Luchini

Why Memory Ball?

Lauren’s father began experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s when he was only 57. He spent the next 15 years battling this devastating disease before passing away in 2020. Being part of Memory Ball is Lauren’s way of helping to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research to make a difference in the lives of people and their families dealing with this terrible disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

Have the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Stephen Price

Why Memory Ball?

Having not being personally affected with Alzheimer’s, it was the passion exhibited by a member of the Memory Ball Committee that caused me align myself with the cause and bring my resources to help raise awareness and get one step further to eradicating this disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

Without ash to rise from, the phoenix would just be a bird getting up.

Adam Lougheed

Why Memory Ball?

After experiencing the loss of loved ones to Alzheimer’s and seeing the effect that it had on his life and the people around him, Adam decided to join Memory Ball in 2020.  For Adam, Memory Ball is an outlet to aid research,  support caregivers by providing additional resources and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

I’d rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right

Carolyn Poirier

Why Memory Ball?

In 2008, Carolyn’s mother, Jane Holland (the founder of a well-established PR and events company called Lewis Carroll Communications), was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As Jane enters the final stages of the disease, Carolyn’s family feels helpless to the aggressive nature of the disease. Carolyn also lost her grandfather to complications with Alzheimer’s. Like many people today, Carolyn understands the difficulties associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. For her, Memory Ball is a way of paying tribute to her mom’s accomplishments while raising awareness for the disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, karma, destiny, life, karma, whatever’ – Steve Jobs