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
Jasmine Salam Volunteer Coordinator
Jasmine Salam
Volunteer Coordinator
Diane Toothill
Activities Co-ordinator
Kim Slack, Activities Coordinator, Dementia Canterbury
Kim Slack
Activities Coordinator
Activity Assistant Anna McWha
Anna McWha
Activity Assistant
Deb Weaver
West Coast Field Worker
Deb Parker Marketing and Development Coordinator
Deb Parker
Marketing and Development Co-ordinator
Trina Cox
Social Worker
Kate MacNeill
Social Worker
Justine Necklen
Social Worker
Kelsey Lane
Social worker
Social Worker Rachel Limbe
Rachel Limbe
Social Worker
Julie Carter, Social Worker, Dementia Canterbury
Julie Carter
Social Worker

Governance Team

Carolyn Gallagher
Ingrid Thomas
Board Member
Darryl Griffin
Board Member
Diane Keenan
Board Member
Lindsey Rhodes
Board Member
Katrina McGarr
Jane Parfitt
Board Member
Michael Aitken
Board Member
Terry Reid
Board Member

Honorary Positions

Wendy Fleming
Dr Matthew Croucher
Medical Advisor