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


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Hannah Cowan

Why Memory Ball?

Hannah has always been passionate about volunteering and community involvement, and with Alzheimer’s disease impacting her family and friends, Memory Ball is the perfect avenue to make a positive difference on a personal cause. Since joining the committee in 2016, Hannah has loved being part of a small but mighty team that has and continues to change the course of alzheimer’s disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela


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Alex De Rosa

Why Memory Ball?

Alex joined Memory Ball this year. She is passionate about bringing people together and creating positive community experiences. Her own connection to Alzheimer’s has motivated her to volunteer, increase awareness and generate support for the cause throughout her life. She is excited to be part of this dedicated team and is excited to contribute to the amazing work they do.

Best advice or favourite quote:

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.


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Judy To

Why Memory Ball?

Judy made the quick decision to join the Memory Ball team after attending 2017’s gala event.  Motivated by her own experiences with Alzheimer’s, she is excited to shine a light on the disease to generate understanding around dementia.  Judy is passionate about brain health and hopes to educate young Canadians to stop the disease before it starts.

Best advice or favourite quote:

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.


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Bianca Zuccarini

Why Memory Ball?

Bianca joined the Memory Ball team in 2018. Inspired by her grandmother, and other family and friends, she wanted to do her part in helping advance Alzheimer’s research. Helping raise awareness among our peers through such a fun and motivating platform is the first step in furthering the growth of both funding and research!

Best advice or favourite quote:

Find a voice in a whisper. 


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