The 13th Annual Douglas Institute Foundation’s Benefit night, Ope Minds, took place on March 2, 2010 at the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, with the theme of Healthy Brain Aging.
The Honorary President of the event, Wayne Quigley, President and General Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, opened the evening by highlighting the importance of preventing and treating Alzheimer’s Disease for an aging Baby Boomer population.
Sharing Quigley’s sentiments, Marguerite Blais, Minister reponsible for Seniors, and special guest at the benefit, highlighted the fact that it was time for society to become more attentive to the needs of seniors, and encouraged people of all ages to take charge of their mental health. “I am very sensitive to the reality of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and those caring for them…The efforts of the Douglas Institute Foundation, combined with those of our government, are a guarantee for a better future for people suffering from this illness and for the caregivers who support them.”
Funds for healthy aging
The Douglas Institute Foundation’s benefit night raised $264,475 for research on prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s research team at the Douglas is one of the most renowned in the world. The Douglas Institute recently created a center for early prevention of Alzheimer’s diesase – the first of its kind in Canada. The Douglas has also begun construction of Quebec’s first neuroimaging center dedicated to mental health – which will advance public knowledge of Alzheimer’s, thus helping researchers prevent unhealthy brain aging.
Recognizing the efforts of the media and researchers
At Open Minds, the Foundation paid tribute to Maryse Gagnon, journalist for TVA, highighting the importance of the media in disseminating fair and reliable information about mental illness, rather than perpetuating myths and stigma. Marie Giguère, Foundation Board Chair, described Gagnon’s professinoalism, and the compassion and respect she has for patients.
That night, the Foundation also awarded Martin Lepage, Ph D, the Heinz Lehmann award. This prize recognizes the contribution a researcher has made to the Douglas’ mission of care, teaching, and research. Lepage is a clinical psychologist and researcher, who is supervising the development of the Institute’s new Brain Imaging Center. His work has enriched our understanding of illnesses such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s.
A success possible with help of many people!
The Foundation is deeply appreciative for the support of its sponsors, guests, donors, and 45 volunteers because of whom this night was made possible. The Foundation wishes to extend a hearfelt thank you to all involved, particularly:
GOLD Sponsors: geneviève bich; Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg; Fasken Martineau; DuMoulin; Otéra Capital.; Pipe & Piling Supplies Ltd.; Rio Tinto Alcan; SAS Canada; SNC-Lavalin; TELUS Health Solutions.
SILVER Sponsors: BMO Bank of Montréal.; Borden Ladner Gervais; CGI Consultants to Government and Industry.; Eli Lilly Canada Inc.; Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.; Standard Life Investments; Sanofi-aventis Canada; Triasima Inc.