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Walk for Alzheimer’s returns to in-person event in Abbotsford – Abbotsford News

Walk for Alzheimer’s returns to in-person event in Abbotsford - Abbotsford News

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s takes place in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 29.

The event, one of many taking place across the province, is held at Gardner Park, 31070 Gardner Ave. Registration is at 11 a.m., and walk time is from noon to 2 p.m.

This year’s Abbotsford honouree is Percy Barnes, whose wife, Leone, passed away last fall. She was in the later stages of dementia and moved into long-term care at Tabor Home during the pandemic.

Barnes now manages his grief by sharing his story and talking openly about his mental health at an Alzheimer Society of B.C. virtual caregiver support group.

“I was so afraid to talk about dementia, but learned to speak up and admit it’s a disease. So many people suffer in silence because of the stigma. Nobody wants to talk about dementia,” he said.

The Walk for Alzeheimer’s brings together thousands of people across the province with a common mission: to raise funds to support people living with dementia and enable research into the causes and cures.

It’s also a way local families and caregivers can celebrate and remember people in their lives who have been affected by dementia.

Funds raised allow the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to provide programs and services to people in the Fraser Valley who are affected by dementia.

Cathryn France, director of resource development at the Alzheimer Society of B.C., said although the causes of dementia are still elusive, it’s known that being physically and socially active can reduce risk of developing the disease.

“The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is a great way to get some exercise, be social, and raise funds for an important cause,” she said.

While events are taking place in more than 20 communities across the province on May 29, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s “Walk your Way” option allows supporters to also walk at a time and place of their choosing.

Visit to register, fundraise and learn more about the event.

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List of Fraser Valley Regional Library events coming up for March – Abbotsford News

List of Fraser Valley Regional Library events coming up for March - Abbotsford News

The Fraser Valley Regional Library has a bunch of virtual programs happening throughout the month of March. Registration is required for these events. To sign up, go to and search under “events.”

Heartfulness Meditation • This is suitable for beginners who would like to explore meditation practice. The program is presented in partnership with Heartfulness Canada. In this presentation, the attendees will be able to learn the benefits of sleep and how to obtain a good night’s sleep through heartfulness meditation techniques. Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Teen Paper Crafts • Join FVRL staff to learn and share techniques about paper artistry. At the March session, teens will discuss making seed paper and other paper altering crafts. Thursday, March 3, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tread Lightly • Master tread trainer Brian Pratt will talk about outdoor ethics while having fun in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Topics include: travelling responsibly, avoiding sensitive areas, respecting the rights of others, and doing your part. Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thor Trivia • Test your knowledge of the God of Thunder with the Thor Trivia event. Conquer the trilogy alone or assemble a team. Tuesday, March 8, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Cookbook Club • At the March session, FVRL staff will be diving into a discussion of Greek cuisine. Folks can share their favourite Greek recipes, cookbooks, magazines, or websites with the group. Thursday, March 10, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Read Around the World – Mexico • Read around the world with FVRL where a new country/theme is announced each month. Participants read something from that area of the world, then they drop in to share their favourites and to see a summary of books from library staff. Travel guides, novels, memoirs, cookbooks… the sky’s the limit. Friday, March 11, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DocuFilm Club • Join FVRL staff for a discussion of the documentary film Love Hate Love, available via Kanopy. Love Hate Love weaves together the stories of three families whose lives were torn apart by some of the most notorious terrorist attacks of the 21st century, yet refused to succumb to despair or hate. Love Hate Love is a moving story about the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of hope and love to transform lives and help fight hate in the world. Monday, March 14, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Science World – How2Science • This year during spring break, Science World will be presenting their special “How2Science” program for FVRL live for four special performances. These sessions, offered virtually, will have kids thinking like a scientist. Attendees will be introduced to the scientific process (observe, predict, test) through a series of demos and hands-on activities. Dates: Tuesdays, March 15 and 22, and Thursdays, March 17 and 24. All sessions go from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Afternoon Book Club • Join fellow readers in a discussion of timely, topical and noteworthy works of fiction and non-fiction. This month’s book is Wild Rose by Sharon Batula. Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Young Writers • Children between the ages of nine and 12 can explore their imagination and develop creative writing skills. Join FVRL staff for creative writing activities, story games, and writing challenges. Thursday, March 17, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Among Us: Teen Games Hang Out • Teens aged 13 to 18 can hang out for an afternoon of tasks and traitors. Launch into space with your fellow crew mates and help sniff out the impostors. Play Among Us with teens across the Fraser Valley on Zoom. For this program participants will need two devices: one to join the Zoom call on, and one to play on with the Among Us game downloaded (free to download on iOS and Android, PC/MAC/Switch alternatives are also available). Friday, March 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To sign up, go to and search under “events.”


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