Perley Health Webinar Series: Stronger Together Creating Dementia-Inclusive Communities

Presenters: Catharina van Es is the Project Manager for the “Stronger Together Project – Making Ottawa & Renfrew County Dementia-Inclusive”. The project focuses on reducing the stigma associated with dementia so that people living with dementia feel supported, valued, and respected. Catharina spent most of her career working in the financial services industry where she honed her skills in prospecting, presenting, and leading teams. After a 40 career, she retired from BMO Bank of Montreal and found a way to give back to her community through the work of the project. This has been a truly rewarding experience for Catharina.

Ana Sofia is the Project Coordinator for the “Stronger Together Project – Making Ottawa & Renfrew County Dementia-Inclusive” initiative, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. She visualizes and interprets data and has developed online dementia-inclusive training modules. Previously, Ana Sofia was the Finance and Administration Coordinator at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she last tenured as a grant reviewer and stakeholder for a campus/community research initiative to fund sustainability-centered research projects. Ana Sofia is passionate about collaboration, innovation, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), and has previously contributed to the National Diversity Council’s certification program