About us

In the early 1980s there was little public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in New Zealand and virtually no support services were available to 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 under the umbrella of Alzheimers New Zealand. In August 2016 Alzheimers Canterbury left the Alzheimers Federation and rebranded as Dementia Canterbury on 1st November 2016.

Support groups for carers remain an integral part of Dementia Canterbury and as the organisation has grown and developed, it has incorporated the important roles of education, volunteering, advocacy and support to all people affected by dementia. Dementia Canterbury's services have now been extended and now covers the West Coast, Ashburton region, North Canterbury and Kaikoura.

Our Team

Darral Campbell
Karen Bell
Administrator/ Receptionist
Julie Foster
Finance/Funding Administrator
Lee Andrews
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
Claire Coveney
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
Paul Tunley
Board Member
Ingrid Thomas
Board Member
Lindsey Rhodes
Board Member
Carolyn Gallagher
Board Member
Katrina Aitken
Michael Aitken
Board Member
Terry Reid
Board Member

Honorary Positions

Wendy Fleming
Dr Matthew Croucher
Medical Advisor
Brendan McConnell
Legal Advisor