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Walk to remember and connect for Alzheimer’s

They are Team Konnekt: Danielle Lebeau (left), Ray Lebeau, Muriel Lebeau, and Jayme Briscoe, and they are ready to be part of the IG Wealth Management “Physical Distancing” Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 31 in Rockland. They were part of a group of 10 dedicated supporters of the Alzheimer’s Society, who masked up and practiced social distancing Sunday afternoon for a symbolic walk up Chamberland Boulevard. This year’s event in Rockland raised $6000 to help support Alzheimer’s research. — photo Gregg Chamberlain
They are Team Konnekt: Danielle Lebeau (left), Ray Lebeau, Muriel Lebeau, and Jayme Briscoe, and they are ready to be part of the IG Wealth Management “Physical Distancing” Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 31 in Rockland. They were part of a group of 10 dedicated supporters of the Alzheimer’s Society, who masked up and practiced social distancing Sunday afternoon for a symbolic walk up Chamberland Boulevard. This year’s event in Rockland raised $6000 to help support Alzheimer’s research.
photo Gregg Chamberlain
“Connect, don’t correct” is the slogan that guides those who have a family member afflicted with Alzheimer’s Syndrome.

It proved the inspiration for the name of Team Konnekt, as Ray Lebeau recalled some of his frustrations with his computer’s auto-spell system and its insistence on “correcting” some of his Canadian spelling.

“I thought ‘Konnekt’,” Lebeau said, regarding the inspiration for his family’s Team Konnekt name when they take part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Walk to Remember campaign.

“Connect, don’t correct,” he said. “That’s what’s important.”

This year’s Walk to Remember event proved a bit more challenging thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The event did take place, though, with about 10 people turning out at the Rockland Plaza parking lot on May 31 for the IG Wealth Management “Physical Distancing” Walk for Alzheimer’s.

“It’s about the love we have for people who live with this (Alzheimer’s),” Lebeau said. “We just want to express our support for the Alzheimer’s Society and all the work that they do.”

Joining Lebeau and his wife, Muriel, were their daughter, Danielle, and granddaughter Jayme Briscoe, along with the event’s official cameraman and videographer, Mike Tansey, and Joanne Beda-Tansey, Norman Bedard, Catherine McPhee, and Jeanne Poirier.

This year’s event was a brisk Sunday afternoon walk under a cloudy sky from the plaza parking lot up and down Chamberland Boulevard and back. Everyone considers this year’s Walk to Remember a success, not just because of the $6000 that Team Konnekt managed to collect from its community supporters, but also because it proved that not even a pandemic can stop people from doing something to help with the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other types of crippling neurological conditions.

More information on the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s project and how to donate is available at www.walkforalzheimers.ca.