The Memory Ball Team - Memory Ball
Memory Ball Toronto is back with its Sixth Annual Gala Event, proudly hosted by the Young Leaders Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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The Memory Ball Team

Katherine Andrikopoulos – Co-Founder, Marketing & Media Relations

Why Memory Ball?
Kat used to work very closely with Jane, Carolyn’s mother who was diagnosed in 2008 with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Kat witnessed firsthand how the disease affected Jane’s family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, Jane herself. Kat is now dedicated to making Memory Ball a success to help families coping with this disease.  She hopes with the event’s success, families living with Alzheimer’s disease will have the knowledge and guidance to care for their loved ones.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Do your best, **** the rest.”


Kathleen Beveridge – Marketing

Why Memory Ball?
Kathleen’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008. Watching her family struggle to understand what was happening and deal with the repercussions of the disease made her feel helpless. A friend from university told her about Memory Ball and she felt like she was finally able to be pro-active, rather than reactive, in regards to AD. For Kathleen, Memory Ball is about spreading knowledge about a disease that affects so many. Stories were always a part of her life and Memory Ball allows her to work to save those stories and ensure that everyone’s memory lives on.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”


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Lisa Callaghan – Events & Awareness

Why Memory Ball?
Memory Ball is an opportunity for young professionals to work together and support everyone coping with the difficult challenges of Alzheimer’s. Lisa and her family were affected by the disease when her uncle was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s at the age of 38, passing four years later. After witnessing the emotional impact the disease has on families and patients, Lisa is determined to increase awareness of the importance of ongoing support for caregivers and their families.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“She believed she could, so she did.”


Laura Chambers – Corporate Sponsorship & Events

Why Memory Ball?
Having lost her grandmother after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s, Laura wanted to honour her memory and help raise awareness of this terrible disease. A past Memory Ball attendee, she was impressed by the team’s hard work and dedication, not to mention the amazing event they put on! Laura hopes that Memory Ball will continue to inspire others to get involved and help those whose lives are impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”


Cristina Costa – Co-Founder, Sponsorship & Awareness

Why Memory Ball?
Cristina’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006 and passed away from the disease four years later. Before Alzheimer’s affected her immediate family and her close friends, Cristina never truly understood how devastating the disease can be, both for those affected and for their family, friends, and caregivers. Cristina hopes that Memory Ball will help younger generations realize that the time you have with loved ones is truly precious.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Hannah Cowan – Sponsorship & Events

Why Memory Ball?
Since attending her first Memory Ball, Hannah has been inspired by the event’s mission to raise awareness and provide support for early-onset Alzheimer’s. Watching family members struggle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, she is passionate about helping those affected by Dementia related illnesses. Three Balls later, Hannah is proud to join the ambitious and dedicated committee to further this important cause, and put on a tremendous event!

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Be kind to everyone you meet, for we are all fighting great battles.”


Lauren Edward – Finance

Why Memory Ball?
Lauren is thrilled to join the inspirational team of YPAA (Young People against Alzheimer) which was founded by and is operated by young professionals who are eager to raise the profile of this devastating disease and to improve the lives of those affected by it. As Lauren’s own family has been touched by this disease, she knows first hand the importance of this initiative.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes, and headed out to change a few things”


Alison Forster – Finance & Operations

Why Memory Ball?
Alison attended the first two Memory Ball events as a guest and has since then been in awe of what the team has accomplished. Besides throwing a great party, the awareness Memory Ball has raised for Alzheimer’s disease is truly commendable in her eyes. Alison hopes to help Memory Ball continue to raise awareness and further educate younger generations on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”


Kathryn Fudurich – Co-Founder, Fundraising & Awareness

Why Memory Ball?
Since the spring of 2009, Kathryn’s mom has been living with a variation of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As with any loss, Kathryn has struggled to cope with all of the changes in her own reality that come along with the disease. In October 2012, she lost her maternal Grandpa after 10 years with the illness and wants to see big changes in the Alzheimer’s community so that others don’t have to suffer in the same way. A chance to be a part of that change couldn’t be passed up.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Don’t waste energy worrying about things beyond your control. Spend your energy working on what you can control to create the life that you want to be living.”


Aryn Gatto – Marketing & Social Media

Why Memory Ball?
As a professional in the health care field, Aryn is always looking for different ways to improve the lives of patients and their families. Aryn’s grandfather was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in his 60s. Her grandmother is also currently living with dementia and Aryn is continuously inspired by her mother’s strength as a caregiver. For Aryn, Memory Ball is about bringing people together for a great cause and dedicating time to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi


Thomas Gaylor – Corporate Sponsorship

Why Memory Ball?
First and foremost, it’s a fun event for an important purpose. There is just not enough consistent communication right now to proactively inform Millenial’s about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. These diseases will likely affect us all in some way or another (if not already) and Memory Ball, in it’s own small way, helps to ensure young Ontarians are more informed and aware of the importance of working toward prevention, better care, and a cure.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Drink lots of water and try and get physically active a few times a week. Most importantly though, try and be positive and go out of your way to do things that make you happy.”


Katie Johns

Katie Johns – Events & Awareness

Why Memory Ball?
After 6 years of serious health issues and increasing confusion, Katie’s Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November of 2012 at the age of 58. As a young caregiver, seeing her Father, once a strong and witty man, deteriorate in front of her eyes has made Katie passionate about finding a cure for this horrible disease. With the proper funding and awareness, Katie wholeheartedly believes that a cure can be found in her lifetime, so that future generations do not endure the same struggles that her family has experienced.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.”


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Sam Kellerman – Sponsorship & Marketing

Why Memory Ball?
Samantha has been attending Memory Ball for years and truly believes that it is a fantastic event for an important cause. Her family has been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia so she recognizes the importance in bringing awareness to these debilitating illnesses. Memory ball provides the opportunity to proactively influence change in our generation.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon


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Erin Leckie – Silent Auction

Why Memory Ball?
Erin is very excited to be involved with such a unique organization and event; one that brings awareness of an important cause to younger generations. Like many, Erin have seen the effect Alzheimer’s disease can have on a person and those around them, and she would like to do her part to help improve the lives of those impacted by this terrible illness.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump


Tori Ludwig

Victoria Ludwig – External Events & Fundraising

Why Memory Ball?
Memory Ball is an unique initiative started by young people to educate their peers about Alzheimer’s Disease. My family has been affected by this disease, and I feel it is important to give my own time to this cause. I believe education is power.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Take the High Road”


Emma McKay

Emma McKay – Events & Awareness

Why Memory Ball?
In 2010, Emma’s Mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 51. Prior to the diagnosis, Alzheimer’s was a topic and disease that had never crossed her families radar and it quickly changed all of their lives. Emma stumbled across the #MemoryBall hashtag while scrolling through social media posts one day, and immediately reached out to the organization. Through Memory Ball Emma hopes to bring life to the Alzheimer’s cause, and create hope for the caregivers and young caregivers of the future.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Love is not time’s fool.”


Amanda McMillan

Amanda McMillan – Marketing & Media Relations

Why Memory Ball?
Since the founding of the Memory Ball event in 2011, Amanda knew that she wanted to be part of this incredibly inspiring cause. The disease hits close to home, not only as a childhood friend of co-founder Carolyn, but also because her grandfather suffered from dementia in his last years. Being part of something with such a positive mission and purpose, and supporting an incredible group of young people, felt like the right way to honour both patients of Alzheimer’s and dementia related ilnesses, as well as their caregivers.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Always do your own thinking; regret is a by-product of letting others think for you.”


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Carolyn Poirier – Co-Founder, Events & Awareness

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


Claire Poirier – Fundraising & Graphic Design

Why Memory Ball?
In 2008, Claire’s mother was diagnosed 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.”


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Victoria Stacey – Marketing

Why Memory Ball?
Both my maternal grandmother, who I was incredibly close with, and my paternal grandfather, passed away due to complications with Alzheimer’s Disease in the last 10 years. When my grandmother was first diagnosed with the illness, our doctor told my mom that by the time she had to worry about Alzheimer’s Disease, that there would likely be a cure. Flash forward 10+ years later, that is not the case. I want to help make sure that in another 10 years, it is.

Best advice or favourite quote:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

 


Young Leaders Council of The Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Past Memory Ball Executive Team Members

Megan Shaw – Co-Founder

 

 

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Lauren Hopkinson – Co-Founder

 

 

 

 

Mary Freitas