Here at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, we have been incredibly fortunate to have support from volunteers from all walks of life. Whether it be a retired educator, aspiring graphic designer, student or advocate, we feel incredibly lucky to have a network of individuals who are passionate about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Below you will meet one of those incredible volunteers, Romina. An advocate, educator, student, professional and so much more, she has truly taken the AlzTunes project and made it soar. Romina has been a great asset to this organization and we are excited to further engage her with our work.
Name: Romina Oliverio
Hometown: Toronto (Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Working With Dementia Clients (Conestoga College);
Journalism (George Brown)
What you wanted to be when you were a kid: Archeologist
Where you volunteer (list as many as you’d like):
Baycrest Hospital (Behavioural Support Unit); AlzTunes ; See Me Effect
Favourite song and why: Too many to mention but I do love show tunes!
Why you volunteer: I want to make a difference and give back to the community that’s given so much to me. Clichéd but true J
What project/task are you most excited about: I’m excited about co-managing the See Me Effect project. We’re promoting intergenerational connections using music, tech, and therapists. Also very excited to continue working on Alztunes and taking the project to another level!
If you could wake up tomorrow and change one thing about the world, what would it be? I would want there to be less suffering in the world.
What’s your dream job: Dementia Consultant and Educator.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Doing the same thing than now! Spreading awareness on issues of dementia and intergenerational connections. I would also like to work on educational programs for youth on these issues.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given: Don’t see failure as having failed – see it as feedback and try again.