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
Manager
Karen Bell
Administrator/ Receptionist
Julie Foster
Finance/Funding Administrator
Lee Andrews
Educator
Jasmine Salam
Volunteer Coordinator
Beverley Seabridge
Activities Co-ordinator
Diane Toothill
Activities Co-ordinator
Deb Weaver
West Coast Field Worker
Trina Cox
Team Leader Social Work
Kate MacNeill
Social Worker
Justine Necklen
Social Worker
Kelsey Lane
Social worker
Mary-Anne Beckingsale
Social Worker
Social Worker Rachel Limbe
Rachel Limbe
Social Worker

Governance Team

Jane Parfitt
President
Paul Tunley
Board Member
Ingrid Thomas
Board Member
Lindsey Rhodes
Board Member
Carolyn Gallagher
Board Member
Katrina Aitken
Secretary/Treasurer
Michael Aitken
Board Member
Terry Reid
Board Member

Honorary Positions

Wendy Fleming
Patron
Dr Matthew Croucher
Medical Advisor
Brendan McConnell
Legal Advisor