In Loving Memory...

January 2017 has been a very heartbreaking month at ElderCare Edmonton. Please take a moment to read about two very incredible individuals who were a huge part of our organization.

David Arthur Adeney, 73 years old, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2017, in Burlington, Ontario.

David was a loving father, grandfather, brother, husband and friend.

People who knew David knew that he was a man of words. Our hearts at ElderCare are heavy as David played a very important role in our organization.

In 2007, Donne Wulf, a friend who knew his expertise at slogans, approached David and asked if he would help work on a new name for our organization that was previously named: “Association of Adult Day Support Programs (Edmonton).” His remark was that it was quite a mouthful, then asked what the organization was all about. After Donne explained our organization, he thought about it for a few weeks and then came back with several ideas, but it was ElderCare that really rang true to what we did and reflected both our organizational structure and our overall vision. David will truly hold a special place throughout Eldercare.

"Though our paths briefly crossed, it made an impact on my life. Your smile and kindness will never be forgotten."
- Rose Whitford

Why I Volunteer

By Naomi Foster

“I am originally from England, my family came to Canada in 1929. I spent my young life on the farm during the depression. Neighbors got together on a regular basis to help one another as much as possible and in our spare time we enjoyed going to school picnics, family visits and hikes to the coulee. My fondest memories are of an elderly Norwegian lady and her daughter. From this I derived much pleasure in helping and being with others.

Eventually I settled in Edmonton, got married and had a family. I was very active in the community, helping as needed. This included assisting at Sunday school, with school projects, and Brownies & Guides. Often on family outings we invited others to join our adventure.

After my husband passed on in 1983, I wanted to continue contributing to the community. Through the Volunteer Bureau, I was introduced to the Association of Adult Day Support Programs. I have been an active volunteer since 1984 and I can truthfully say that the clients, staff, board members and fellow volunteers have enriched my life.

One of the greatest reasons for volunteering is hoping that I make a difference in contributing to the enjoyment of the clients’ day, through companionship, sharing photos or reminiscing past adventures, etc. Each year on my birthday a long-standing joke with the clients is to try and establish my age. I say, “a trade secret”; a good sense of humor goes a long way!

I sat on the board of directors for six years, a great experience as I learned about the inner workings of the Association. I continue to volunteer one day a week and the program at Central Lions. One year, I spent some time organizing the history books and photo albums which are displayed in our administrative office. The past years have flown by and the Association is still a very important part of my life. To be a volunteer does not cost money, it’s the sharing of a friendly smile, so if you have time to spare - giving is most rewarding."

Why I Volunteer