About us

In the early 1980s there was little public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in New Zealand and virtually no support services for people with dementia and their carers. This prompted a small group of Christchurch social workers to form the first ever support group in New Zealand dedicated to helping people care for those with dementia.  Initially known as ADARDS (Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Society), the organisation grew into Alzheimers Canterbury at a regional level, with 20 other regional groups around the country. In 2016, Canterbury left the Alzheimers Federation and rebranded as Dementia Canterbury. Today Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Lakes, and Wellington are the affiliates of Dementia New Zealand, covering over 70% of NZ's population.

While carer support remains integral to our service, our organisation has grown and developed significantly, incorporating a model of Living Well. This includes education and support, planning and therapeutic services, and meaningful activity in partnership with our community. We recognise the need for services to be responsive to people with dementia as well as those who support them. Dementia Canterbury's services cover all of Canterbury including the Ashburton region, North Canterbury, and Kaikoura, as well as the West Coast. 

Our Team

Darral Campbell
Karen Bell
Administrator/ Receptionist
Julie Foster Finance
Julie Foster
Finance/Funding Administrator
Lee Andrews
Educator Donna Jemmett
Donna Jemmett
Diane Toothill
Activities Co-ordinator
Alyssa Scouller
Activities and Volunteer Coordinator
Activity Assistant Anna McWha
Anna McWha
Activity Assistant
Kathy Simmons
Kathy Simmons
Kaumatua/Cultural Advisor
Julie Day
Julie Day
Key Worker
Carol Sowerby
Key Worker
Fiona Lothian
Key Worker
Social Worker Rachel Limbe
Rachel Limbe
Key Worker
Erica Collingwood
Key Worker
Tracey Marbey
Tracey Mabey
Key Worker
Deb Weaver
Key Worker, West Coast
Carolyn Gallagher
Jane Parfitt
Board Member
Darryl Griffin
Board Member
Michael Aitken
Board Member
Katrina McGarr
Board Member
Ingrid Thomas
Board Member
Diane Keenan
Board Member
Lindsey Rhodes
Board Member

Honorary Positions

Wendy Fleming
Dr Matthew Croucher
Medical Advisor