Patinage 1926 pour Alzheimer – janvier 2020

Ayant atteint presque tous les objectifs de notre plan stratégique, et après trois ans à la Société Alzheimer de Montréal, c’est avec satisfaction et gratitude que je quitterai le poste de directrice générale de d’ici la fin de 2020.

Toujours avec la mission de notre organisation à cœur, j’en suis venu à reconnaître que son prochain engagement de leadership à long terme (d’au moins cinq ans) n’est pas possible pour moi.

Le temps est venu pour moi de prendre une semi-retraite afin de consacrer plus d’énergie à mes obligations personnelles et familiales.

Soyez assuré que je suis pleinement déterminée à assurer une période de transition efficace à mon successeur, pour qui le processus de recrutement a commencé.

Je suis convaincu de la capacité de la Société à atteindre de nouveaux sommets de qualité et d’excellence, et je tiens à remercier sincèrement nos bénévoles, donateurs, partenaires commerciaux et fournisseurs de services pour leurs nombreuses contributions continues et inestimables. Ce fut un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

J’inclus le lien vers le rapport d’activité 2019-2020 de la Société Alzheimer de Montréal.

IG Gestion patrimoine Marche pour Alzheimer 2019


Voir le tableau d’ensemble…cibler les éléments importants.


1926 Skate for Alzheimer’s – January 2020

Having achieved almost all the objectives in our strategic plan, and after three years at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, it is with satisfaction and gratitude that I will be leaving my role as executive director by the end of 2020.

Always with the mission of our organization at heart, I have come to recognize that its next long-term leadership commitment (of at least five years) is not possible for me.   

The time has come for me to semi-retire so that I may devote more energy to my personal and family obligations. 

Please rest assured that I am fully dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition period to my successor, for whom the recruitment process has begun.

I am confident of the Society’s ability to reach new heights of quality and excellence, and I would like to sincerely thank our volunteers, donors, corporate partners, and service providers for their many ongoing and invaluable contributions. It has been a pleasure working with all of you.

I am including the link to the 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. 

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s – 2019


See the BIG picture…Focus on what’s important.


A Tribute to my father, John Isaacs on Father’s Day 2020

John Isaacs and Camille Isaacs Morell

Six years ago, I had my last conversation with my Dad. He slept his way into eternity two weeks later, having the final chapter of his life on this earth ended by Alzheimer’s disease.

Father’s Day brings back many memories our long conversations throughout every stage of my life. His wisdom simply expressed and explained continues to serve me well.

Violence and awareness

“Violence begets violence,” he would say when things were getting out of hand in my spats with my older sister. As an educator, he would lecture my sister and me about the virtues of talking things out to clear up misunderstandings.

As an adult, whenever I mentioned to my father that I was not able to clear up misunderstandings with other people through the ‘talk things out’ approach, he would always say, “We are all acting at our level of awareness.” “We cannot understand what we do not know or what we are not aware of. The ‘we’ is two-sided, understanding must work both ways.”

Violence begets violence.

We are all acting at our level of awareness.

The connection between Daddy’s two maxims was patently evident in Nelson Mandela’s biography Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela never intended for violence to be the pathway to racial equality. Those who opposed racial equality used violence to enforce the system of apartheid. Mr. Mandela said, “The armed struggle was forced on us by the government.” He was also quoted as saying that “Armed action would continue as a purely defensive action against the violence of apartheid.”

In 1960, Mr. Mandela was jailed because he refused to renounce violence as an option to achieve racial equality with a government that had no interest in dialogue or negotiations with Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC). Freedom came more than twenty-six years later, only when the South African government understood that apartheid was wrong, unsustainable and had to be dismantled.

The current violent protests throughout the USA and the world are a response to the continuing physical and psychosocial brutalization experienced by Black people in the USA and in other parts of the world.

The threats to use military-type force to quash the protests, to arrest and apply the full weight of the law against protesters, are responses that aim to protect the public, but only temporarily delay the next round of race riots and protests.

What is missing in all of this is the political will to build the collective awareness and understanding of the reasons why the USA and other countries, including Canada, are caught up in a spiral of sporadic outbursts of anti-racism rage and sometimes violent protests.

Some of us know that racism persists. Others among us question whether racism exists at all. Most of us cannot agree on a common definition of ‘systemic racism’ and ‘White privilege.’ Conversations on these topics end up being emotionally-charged and mentally draining, causing deep-seated feelings of fear, anger, and resentment to fester.

We will never eradicate racism until we commit to deepening our collective awareness of why racism exists and what we need to do about it.

So where do we go from here?

Let us start by addressing stereotypes.

Stereotypes are perpetuated through images and impressions reinforced in various media.

Courageous dialogues are needed, in fact required, so that we all identify stereotypical images that are offensive to Black people. The aim is to build the understanding why these images are offensive and how they contribute to negative perceptions of Black people by non-Blacks. This understanding could help explain how stereotypes are consciously and unconsciously ingrained and contribute to racially motivated discrimination.

Quaker Oats has announced that it will retire its 130 year-old Aunt Jemima image. Quaker, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said removing the image and name is part of an effort by the company “to make progress toward racial equality.”

“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype,” Quaker Oats said, adding that the move is an effort “toward progress on racial equality.”

The image of Aunt Jemima, who was originally pictured as a minstrel character, was changed over time. In recent years Quaker removed the “mammy” kerchief from the character to blunt growing criticism that the brand perpetuated a racist stereotype that dated to the days of slavery.

Using the image representing a stereotype of my oppressed ancestors for marketing purposes is personally very offensive to me and to others who share my heritage.

I will go as far as saying that stereotypical images such as Aunt Jemima, are at the root of the experiences of Black professional women who have far too often been mistakenly assumed to be members of ancillary staff by non-Black persons, particularly in the corporate world.

The same is true in other institutions. Many talented professional Black women are often asked to take on ‘kitchen duty’ in our churches and community groups.

Not that there is anything wrong with being an ancillary worker or doing kitchen duty, but society benefits from the best use of the talents of its members, regardless of their race.

Hopeful signs of progress

An increasing number of corporate entities are taking a long, hard look at how they may be contributing to racism. This is a very promising sign. If we can emerge from this period of angst and violence with the resolve to raise our collective awareness of the prevalence and persistence of racism, we will be well on our way to building a better world.

I miss you Dad


Why we need to hear Derek Chauvin’s side of the story

George Floyd

After watching the 9-minute video clip of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin using his knee to press the last breath out of George Floyd, we need to hear Chauvin’s side of the story.

I swore as I angrily smashed my tablet against my chair and screamed in pain watching Chauvin’s brutality and the indifference of his fellow police officer as George Floyd suffered and died defenselessly.

After seeing the video, the thought of Derek Chauvin being strapped to an electric chair and blasted to his death seemed to me to be the only way to get justice for George Floyd.

To be transparent, as an active participant in the prison chaplaincy in Québec, I do not believe in the death penalty.  I believe in restorative justice – requiring offenders to be accountable for their actions through dialogue and reconciliation with their victims and the community at large.

In the aftermath of my feelings of anger and revenge, I have had some time to reflect and I have come full circle.  I still passionately believe that restorative justice will move us forward to a better world.

I certainly hope that Derek Chauvin is punished to the full extent of the law.  He and persons of his ilk must be locked away.

That said, we need to listen to the voices of evil, even those of Derek Chauvin and his obsequious accomplices.  This is how we can understand why evil behaviour emerges from stereotyping and prejudice.  This understanding offers us the possibility to address and eradicate racism.

As tragic as it is, through this incident, George Floyd has taught the world that there is an enormous amount of work that must be done to establish justice and eradicate the pernicious, malignant disease of racism.

Many lessons are being learned about the challenges, threats and dangers that Black people live with every day.  Many victims of racism and police brutality are now telling their stories, and they are being heard.

Racism has emerged from ignorance and fear that are rooted in the legacy of slavery of Black people.  Racism thrives on the legacy of slavery that has conferred continuing economic power and privilege mainly on White people. Most of us – Black and non-Black people – understand this and show our abhorrence of racial injustice.

Laws have been passed to enshrine racial equality. Prayers are said pleading divine intervention to stop racism and enable us to create a harmonious world.  Commemorative days, rallies, projects, and various activities are held – all of this, to mitigate and eradicate racism.

So why are we still struggling with racial profiling, affirmative action, systemic racism, injustice, and police brutality?

As long as we curse out the racists, punish them occasionally and continue to accept politically correct behavior from those who are too scared to confront their own hidden prejudices, we will never eradicate racism.  Those who perpetuate racism consciously and unconsciously, need to know why racism is wrong and unjustified.

We need to deepen our collective understanding of the fears, beliefs, and responses of people who use the authority entrusted to them to abuse those who are defenseless and vulnerable, particularly those of the Black race.  These “people” include employers, landlords, judges, teachers, corporate executives, politicians, priests, pastors, healthcare workers and many more of us.

This is why Derek Chauvin needs to tell his side of the story, by answering the following questions.

  • What was going through his mind when he first saw George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, alleged to have used a counterfeit twenty dollar bill?
  • Was he acting out of fear based on a stereotypical belief that Black men are violent?
  • Would his approach have been different if he were apprehending a White person or a woman?
  • And if he felt fear, why did he continue to use undue force to torture a defenseless, Black man who he restrained?
  • Did his police uniform and gun make him feel shielded from the consequences of his actions?
  • What was it that emboldened him to continue, even though he was being filmed by persons pleading for mercy, in broad daylight on a busy thoroughfare?
  • Did the fact that there was no objection from his fellow police officer, a member of a visible minority group, make him think that it was okay to act with impunity?
  • Was he so confident that his Police Chief would defend his actions?

Many of us who have been victims of racism may already know or assume that we know the answers to these questions.  But we need to know what goes through the mind of a White police officer when he or she sees a Black person.

The outrage of the George Floyd tragedy will only be appeased for a while if a guilty verdict is rendered.

Racists need more than their day in court.

If as a human race we do not take the time to understand why racism persists, the worldwide outrage will fester and explode again.  We can only eradicate the evil of racism by educating people and helping them to rid themselves of the deep seated reasons why they believe what they believe.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion.  People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

– Nelson Mandela



Marchons ensemble pour la maladie d’Alzheimer


IG Gestion de patrimoine March pour L'Alzheimer 2020

Comme vous le savez, grâce à mon travail à la Société Alzheimer de Montréal, je me consacre aux efforts pour trouver un remède contre la maladie d’Alzheimer et pour soutenir les personnes vivant avec la maladie, leurs soignants, leurs familles et les professionnels de la santé.

La crise de Covid-19 a mis en lumière le besoin désespéré de prendre soin de nos personnes âgées, en particulier celles qui sont dans des résidences de soins de longue durée. La plupart des familles veulent garder à la maison, leurs proches, en particulier ceux qui sont atteints de la maladie d’Alzheimer et des maladies apparentées.

La Société Alzheimer de Montréal fait partie de la solution.

La Société est à l’avant-garde, offrant des services aux personnes vivant avec la maladie, à leurs soignants, aux familles et aux professionnels de la santé, dans leurs milieux communautaires. Nous ne pouvons y parvenir qu’avec le généreux soutien du public et un certain soutien des subventions gouvernementales.

Bien que la Société Alzheimer de Montréal ait dû fermer nos bureaux à cause de la crise de Covid-19, notre équipe a trouvé des moyens créatifs de continuer à offrir du soutien et de l’information à nos clients et au public. Par exemple, entre le 14 mars et le 11 mai,

  • Notre service d’accueil et de référence a soutenu 186 clients à distance, principalement par téléphone, offrant plus de 365 heures de consultation et de conseil.
  • Plus de 70 familles ont été contactées chaque semaine par nos coordinateurs de répit et de stimulation et leurs travailleurs pour fournir des conseils et un soutien aux activités.
  • 38 réunions de groupe de soutien pour les soignants ont eu lieu. 3 groupes hebdomadaires et 8 groupes de soutien mensuels sont en cours. En fait, nous avons augmenté la fréquence des réunions pour nous assurer que les soignants reçoivent le soutien supplémentaire dont ils ont besoin en cette période difficile.
  • Il y a eu près de 3 000 vues des mini-conférences hebdomadaires présentées sur Facebook Live sur des sujets qui profitent aux soignants et aux personnes atteintes de démence qui sont actuellement à la maison.
  • Notre équipe de professionnels qualifiés offre un soutien et des conseils aux professionnels de la santé qui aident les personnes atteintes de démence et les soignants en situation difficile. Ils peuvent nous contacter par téléphone et via une adresse e-mail spéciale.

Comme vous pouvez le voir, la Société contribue au bien-être de nos aînés, en aidant à atténuer l’impact de la maladie et de la crise de Covid-19.

Pour continuer, nous avons besoin de votre soutien.

Nos grands événements de collecte de fonds ont dû être modifiés. Nous ne pouvons absolument pas perdre des fonds pendant cette période de crise critique. Votre soutien est urgent.

Voici comment vous pouvez nous aider.

IG Gestion de patrimoine – Marche pour l’Alzheimer est un événement national de sensibilisation du public qui se déroule dans plus de 250 communautés à travers le Canada le 31 mai 2020. C’est également le plus grand événement de collecte de fonds au pays pour la maladie d’Alzheimer et les formes connexes de démence. En raison de l’urgence sanitaire actuelle causée par COVID-19, la 16e Marche pour l’Alzheimer à Montréal aura lieu en ligne!

Je vous lance un appel de penser à participer ou à faire un don à la Marche de gestion du patrimoine IG pour la maladie d’Alzheimer.

Pour en savoir plus sur les façons dont vous pouvez participer, veuillez visiter le site Web de la Marche pour l’Alzheimer

Pour me soutenir en tant que participant, veuillez faire un don en ligne maintenant. Cliquez ici pour faire un don.

N’hésitez pas à partager cet article dans vos réseaux.

Merci beaucoup pour votre considération et votre générosité.

Let’s Walk together for Alzheimer’s

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's 2020

As you know, through my work at the Alzheimer’s Society of Montreal, I am dedicated to the on-going efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to support persons living with the disease, their caregivers, families and health professionals.  

The Covid-19 crisis has brought to light the desperate need to care for our senior citizens, particularly those who are in long-term care residences.  Most people want to keep their loved ones, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions at home.

The Alzheimer Society of Montreal is part of the solution.

The Society is at the forefront, providing community-based services to persons living with the disease, their caregivers, families and health professionals.  We are only able to do this through the generous support of the public and some support from Government subventions.

Although the Alzheimer Society of Montreal has had to close our offices because of the Covid-19 crisis, our team has found creative ways to continue offering support and information to our clients and the public.  For example, between March 14 and May 11,

  • Our intake and referrals service has supported 186 clients remotely, primarily by phone, providing over 365 hours of consultation and counselling.
  • Over 70 families have been contacted every week by our respite and stimulation coordinators and their workers to provide counsel and activity support.
  • 38 support group meetings for caregivers, have taken place. 3 weekly groups and 8 monthly support groups are currently taking place.  In fact we have increased the frequency of the meetings to ensure that caregivers receive the extra support they need at this challenging time.
  • There have been nearly 3,000 views of the weekly mini conferences presented on Facebook Live on subjects that benefit caregivers and people living with dementia who are currently at home.
  • Our team of qualified professionals provides support and advice to health care professionals who are assisting people living with dementia and caregivers in difficult situations. They can contact us by phone and through a special email address.

As you can see, the Society is contributing to the well-being of our seniors, helping to alleviate the impact of the disease and the Covid-19 crisis. 

To continue, we need your support.

Our major fund raising events have had to be changed.  We absolutely cannot afford to lose any funding at this critical time.  Your support is urgently needed.

Here’s how you can help.

The IG Wealth Management – Walk for Alzheimer’s is a national public awareness event taking place in over 250 communities across Canada on 31 May 2020.  It is also the largest fundraising event in the country for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Due to the current health emergency caused by COVID-19, the 16th Walk for Alzheimer’s in Montreal will take place online!

I am appealing to you, please, consider participating or donating to the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

To learn more about the ways in which you can participate, please visit the Walk for Alzheimer’s website

To support me as a participant, please donate online now.  Click here to make a donation.

Please feel free to share this article to in your network.

Many, many thanks for your consideration and generosity.


Services à distance en cette période d’urgence sanitaire


La crise du virus corona est une dure réalité que nous ne pouvons pas nier. Il y a beaucoup d’anxiété, angoise, et douleur.

Ayant dit celà, j’ai beaucoup de gratitude pour l’équipe dont j’ai l’immense privilège à guider chez Société Alzheimer de Montréal. Les membres de l’équipe sont résilients, innovateurs, engagés, et font preuve d’un ésprit d’empathie et de dévouement auprès de notre clientèle.

Même si les activités nécessitant un contact direct avec notre clientèle sont suspendues, nous continuons à offrir les services à distance.

Nos conseillers ont fourni près de 140 heures d’interventions directes auprès de proches aidants et personnes atteintes d’un trouble cognitif.

Les familles des 40 participants aux 3 centres d’activité, ainsi que les familles de 35 participants au programme de répit et de stimulation à domicile, ont été contactées 3 fois chacune. Nos intervenants ont pu utiliser Skype et Zoom afin de communiquer directement avec certains clients.

Nos groupes de soutien mensuels pour proches aidants sont désormais facilités via Zoom. Certains groupes ont lieu tous les deux semaines pendant 1 heure au lieu de chaque mois pendant 2 heures, selon la demande des participants.

Nous avons démarré un défi artistique hebdomadaire ainsi qu’une série de mini conférences hebdomadaire par l’entremise de notre page Facebook afin de briser l’isolement de nos clients.

Pour la mini-conférence le 25 mars sur la communication proposant des outils pour faciliter la communication avec la personne atteinte d’un trouble neurocognitif :

– 311 visionnements en français

– 378 visionnements en anglais

Services continue at a distance during this health crisis


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The Corona virus crisis is what it is. Let’s not bury our heads in the sand. There is anxiety, anguish and pain.

That said, I am feeling so thankful that I lead an outstanding, amazing, resilient, innovative, caring, engaged team at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal.

We have suspended direct contact with our clients, but we have found alternative ways of meeting their needs at a distance.

Our counselors have provided nearly 140 hours of direct support to caregivers and people living with dementia.

The families of all 40 participants in our activity centres, as well as the families of 35 participants in our in-home respite and stimulation program, have been contacted 3 times each. Our workers have been able to use Skype and Zoom to communicate directly with some clients.

Our monthly support groups for caregivers are now operational on Zoom. Some groups take place for 1 hour every 2 weeks, instead of 2 hours every month, according to the preference of participants.

We have launched a weekly art therapy challenge and mini-conference series on our Facebook page to break the isolation of our clients.

For the mini-conference on March 25 on communication tools to facilitate communication with persons suffering from a neurocognitive disorder:

– 311 views in French

– 378 views in English



A stash of business cards, a bag filled with pens, pads, sponsorship swag, a long day of speeches, workshops and new ideas that begin to fade away after the closing cocktail party.

Does this sound familiar?

Attending business conferences has its benefits but information overload is not one of them.

This past week, I decided to do things differently.  I left my notebook at home and went to the Global Summit of Conscious Leadership, fully prepared to listen, with the aim of mentally retaining a few key insights that could support my own leadership journey.

Conscious leadership is…

“A new leadership paradigm that balances the global common good with our personal interests.  A leadership guided by vision and powered by values that targets the wellbeing of all stakeholders as well as the success of the organization.  A leadership inspired to co-create a promising future for the next generations.”

Stephane Leblanc, Founder of the Global Institute for Conscious Leadership


Listening & conscious leadership

Interestingly, a recurring theme in all the presentations that resonated with me was the importance of transparent communication, which starts with purposeful listening.  Conscious leaders listen and make their people feel listened to.

Case Study

Among the line-up of speakers was Éric Martel, CEO of Hydro-Québec, who described how his organization optimised employee engagement and corporate performance as a result of conscious leadership.

I understood from his presentation that transparent communication is at the heart of Mr. Martel’s conscious leadership style.

He explained the importance of speaking with employees and clients, making them feel listened to, and asking the right questions, so that he could deeply understand the root causes of the employee engagement and client satisfaction scores.  He and his leadership team then committed to be accessible, walking on the floors, seeing employees in action, thus demonstrating their determination to make things better.  Leaders, he pointed out, must use the information they gather to decide on the best ways of supporting their people and provide them with the right tools to enable optimal performance.

Transparent communication starts with purposeful listening that gives conscious leaders critical information, changes their way of being and doing.

 When listening, ask yourself three questions

  1. What do I need to know?
  2. What do I need to be?
  3. What do I need to do?

The need to know motivates conscious leaders to ask hard questions and accept difficult conclusions.  Knowing involves deeply understanding the root causes of both good and sub-optimal performance.  Knowing also leads to decision-making regarding the organizational behaviour and strategic orientations that are required to achieve optimal performance in a work environment in which people can thrive and rise to their full potential.

To achieve organizational change and optimised performance, conscious leaders need to be authentic and sincere about the change they want to see.  Being present, supportive, empathetic and clear, without compromising on the vision and values of the organization are some of the ways in which conscious leaders can be authentic and inspire their people to be their best.

Then comes the doing.  Doing is the combination of knowing the issues that must be addressed and leading change with courage and authenticity.  Another speaker, Bob Anderson, Founder of the Leadership Circle, said that we are perfectly designed for the performance we are getting.  The best designed plans fail because of the mis-alignment of intentions and actions.  Ensuring that business plans are matched with the challenges to be overcome requires conscious leadership that, as Stephane LeBlanc explained, is guided by vision, powered by values and targets the well-being of all stakeholders.  In this way, we create thriving organizations and a promising future for the next generations.