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A Quarter Century of Service Growth



  • AS York founded by family caregivers and health care professionals involved with Alzheimer's disease



  • Thornhill D.A.Y. Centre opens and becomes the first cognitively impaired day program in York Region



  • Established Outreach Program (forerunner to Caregiver Support and Education Program)



  • Established second D.A.Y. Centre in Newmarket



  • Formed integrated partnerships with Regional Municipality of York and York Central Hospital to work with our Caregiver Support and Education Program for their new cognitively-impaired programs in Vaughan (Maple Health Centre), Georgina (Keswick Gardens) and Richmond Hill



  • Expanded service delivery at existing AS York D.A.Y. Centres to six days per week, 7am to 6pm



  • Opened satellite office in Georgina with support from the United Way of York Region



  • Expansion of Caregiver Support and Education program with linguistic specific social workers (Italian, Cantonese and Mandarin)



  • AS York Board of Directors establishes new strategic priorities that focus on Fund Development, Service Expansion and Performance Management



  • AS York management and organizational structure re-designed to increase staff engagement, strengthen ability to deliver existing services and support new initiatives being pursued
  • Established the first D.A.Y. Centre in Whitchurch-Stouffville with support from the Central Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN)
  • Through the support of the Central LHIN Aging at Home initiative, AS York establishes new partnerships with other service organizations that expand dementia programming and increase the number of clients accessing services across the Region
  • Commissioned Best Practices in Quality Dementia Care Report




  • AS York Caregiver Support and Education Team includes nine social workers, seven of whom are MSWs
  • AS York addresses clients' needs in Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Farsi, Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi and Yiddish
  • All specific cognitively impaired day centre programming in York involves the support and participation of the Alzheimer Society of York Region
  • Opened satellite office in city of Vaughan with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation



  •  AS York expanded programming by acquiring funding for First Link ®
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