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Letter: Heartfelt thanks to Alzheimer’s walk participants

'It was a magical day with so many volunteers assisting in so many capacities.'
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A letter writer shares her heartfelt thanks to participants and supporters of a recent Alzheimer's walk in Whistler.

A big shout-out and heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in the 2022 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s—the Whistler Walk for Memories—on May 29.

Whistler locals, Sea to Sky north and south, Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast visitors: we so appreciated all your participation, donations and support. 

Thanks also to our honorees, Andy and Cheryl Szocs, and to Cathy Clark and family, of the Clark Foundation, for your very generous donations and matching gifts.

To ALL the merchants that contributed in-kind goods or services for our auction; and of course, Nesters Market, who not only fed us, but also kept us dry, together with borrowed tents from the Men’s Shed in Pemberton. Thank you all!

Thank you, Rev. Andrew, for the location—Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church—the perfect start and finish for the five-kilometre walk around Whistler Golf Club.

It was a magical day with so many volunteers assisting in so many capacities. It goes without saying that it takes an enormous effort from so many wonderful community members to host this event. Not the magnitude of a “Tough Mudder” but the fortitude to make it the best it could be. 

The Walk is about so much more than fundraising; building awareness in our community is so valuable and together we are breaking down stigma of this disease and working towards building dementia-friendly communities, making certain that those travelling the Alzheimer journey are not alone.

The results of the BC Walk will be finalized in late June—currently the Whistler Walk stands at a potential $76,000! You can still contribute online at: Select “Whistler” and “Event Donation.”

It is already a whopper year. On behalf of the steering committee, I wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone who made the day a success.

Stay tuned for more Alzheimer program information in the not-so-distant future.

Erika Durlacher // Whistler Walk Chair

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