This year, the Barriere – Investors Group Walk For Alzheimer’s will be on May 1. Registration will start at 10 a.m. at the Barriere Senior’s Hall on Barriere Town Road, with the Walk starting at 11 a.m. As people return from the Walk, there will be a light lunch ready to be enjoyed.
During the event there will be door prizes, a raffle, silent auction items to bid on, and all sorts of brain-teasing games to play.
This year, the Barriere Walk honouree is Petrine Joy Edwards.
Petrine was born in Mossbank, Saskatchewan in 1951 and moved to B.C. in 2007.
She has three children and eight grandchildren, and her husband Brian has two children and four grandchildren, providing the couple with what Petrine describes as “a lot of family to love.”
Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, she is no longer able to work as a bookkeeper, her lifetime career.
She is still employed full time at Country Store Antiques in Louis Creek, however, as she feels it is very important to “keep body and mind active to maintain a good quality of life.”
Petrine is active in the Barriere community, and was a member of the first North Thompson Arts Council. She belongs to the Boulder Mountain Fibre Arts Group and the local Quilting Club.
“I love to teach, inspire and encourage the creativity in all,” she says.
After her diagnosis, Petrine contacted the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for help.
“The Society is very well equipped with great instructors, support and resources to manage what is happening now and in the future,” said Petrine, “A good plan of attack is important. Keep your chin up – there is always a sunrise and a sunset.”
Join Barriere and area in honouring Petrine Joy Edwards – and all families and individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – at the 2016 Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Memories matter – so let’s get walking, Barriere and area!
For more information about the Walk, or to volunteer in any way, please call either Liz at 250-672-9337, or Margaret at 250-672-9330.