About Us

The Dementia Resources for Eating, Activity, and Meaningful Inclusion (DREAM) Team was assembled in 2020, and was expanded to our current team in 2021. The DREAM team is a collaboration of Canadian researchers, nutrition experts, physical activity experts, service providers, health care providers, dementia service providers, and people with lived experience regarding dementia (people living with dementia and family and friend care partners).

We use a participatory approach in this project. This means that all members of the DREAM team are equal partners. We include the diverse perspectives of all DREAM Team members in all decision-making, especially the perspectives of our team members living with dementia. This project is for Canadians, by Canadians.

DREAM Team Members

Principal Investigator

Laura Middleton

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
Research Scientist at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

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519-888-4567 ext. 33045

Research Coordinators

Kayla Regan

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Research Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo

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Salima Somani

Registered Nurse
Research Manager
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

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UW Co-Investigators

Heather Keller

Registered Dietitian
Professor
Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
Chair in Nutrition and Aging at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

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Kelly Skinner

Associate Professor
School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

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UNBC Co-Investigators

Shannon Freeman

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

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Chelsea Pelletier

Assistant Professor
School of Health Sciences
University of Northern British Columbia

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Staff and Students

Rachael Donnelly

Research Associate
Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Hana Dakkak

Registered Dietitian
Ph.D. Student
Aging, Health, and Well-Being
Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
University of Waterloo


Aderonke Agboji

Ph.D. Student
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia


Alanna Koopmans

B.Sc. Student
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

Cameron Aird

M.Sc. Student
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

Isabella Romano

Ph.D. Student
School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Amanda Doggett

Ph.D. Student
School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Alle Butler

Ph.D. Student
School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Claire Buchan

Ph.D. Student
School of Public Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Huda Nasir

B.Sc. Student
Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
University of Waterloo

Steering Committee


Carole Johannesson

Person living with dementia


Bill Heibein

Person living with dementia
Member of the Advisory Committee for Alzheimer Society of Canada

Louisa Sanchez

Care partner for a person living with dementia

Sana Aziz

Provincial Coordinator of Dementia-Friendly Communities at Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia

Srija Biswas

Programs Manager, Provincial Programs and Partnership at Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Iman Arab

Physician
Intercultural Relation Consultant

Anna Wren

Registered Dietitian
Manager of Healthy Eating and Nutrition Policy for Office of the Provincial Dietitian, British Columbia Ministry of Health

Ann Holmes

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Certified Personal Trainer
Active Health Solutions

Tracie Albisser

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Certified Personal Trainer
Active Health Solutions

Fatim Ajwani

Registered Dietitian
University Health Network

Advisory Committee

An advisory team of people living with dementia, care partners, community service providers, dementia service providers, health care providers, physical providers and experts, dietitians and other nutrition experts, and researchers shared their unique perspectives, expertise, and feedback to inform the adaptations and acceptance of the DREAM project resources.

DREAM Partners and Funding

Partners

The Dementia Resources for Eating, Activity, and Meaningful Inclusion (DREAM) project is a collaboration of 40 people and 15 partner organizations.

Funding

The DREAM project is supported by funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada – Dementia Community Investment. In-kind support is provided by the University of Waterloo, University of Northern British Columbia, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Alzheimer Society of Waterloo-Wellington, Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, Waterloo Region Dementia Advocacy Group, British Columbia Ministry of Health, Active Health Solutions, KITE-University Health Network, Patient Voices Network, Dietitians of Canada, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and more, City of Kitchener, YMCAs of Three Rivers Waterloo Region, Roots to Harvest, Costi, Ontario Brain Institute, and Dementia Advocacy Canada.

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