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Sadly, we have had to wish farewell to Donna Watt, Community Educator in Alexandra on Monday 7th August 2023. Donna has worked with Alzheimers Otago since 20th January 2014 and leaves us after almost 10 years of supporting families and people with dementia in the Alexandra area.

Donna has made a considerable contribution to the Alzheimers Otago organization and her local community over the years. She has remained constant, especially over the recent years where many changes and challenges impacted the organization. She has supported management and all new staff, providing an incredible resource with both her personal and professional experiences and advice. Donna’s approach to her clients has always been person-centered and this is evident from the numerous first and second-hand exemplary accounts. Donna’s support offered to families in her region was done with respect, dignity, kindness, and care. She was a force for our cause! We acknowledge and appreciate her dedication and the support she has given to caregivers, whanau, and people living with dementia matewareware. Donna will be greatly missed


It’s the dream we carry in secret
that something miraculous will happen,
that it must happen –
that time will open
that the heart will open
that doors will open
that the mountains will open
that springs will gush –
that the dream will open,
that one morning we will glide into
some little harbour we didn’t know was there.

A Goodbye message from Donna –

It is with much sadness that I now say goodbye to the world of Alzheimers Otago, the wonderful team, and the many client families I have worked with over almost ten years. It has been a role that brought me much joy, and considerable sadness – bearing witness to your journeys has been no small thing. I have learned so much from all of you – about strength, about loss, about compassion, and so much more. I will miss you all.  My thanks to our committed and professional Board members, our funders, and to Antoinette and a special team spread across the Otago region. You do amazing work. You are valued. All the best. Ngā mihi nui  Donna Watt

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