Kathryn Bender has worked for over 30 years at Trinity Village Care Centre whose passion is working with older adults with dementia.
Kathryn worked for 25 years as a Health Care Aide, followed by the completion of the Gerontology Multi-Discipline program at Conestoga College and small bus license while raising her three children with her husband Steve which includes a busy hockey schedule.
Kathryn constantly strives to enhance the lives of those with dementia through quality programming. Recently she became an Opening Minds through Art -OMA Facilitator from the Scripps Gerontology Centre, Miami University, Ohio.
“OMA’s mission is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.”
OMA is implemented in group sessions where people with dementia are paired with volunteers who have been trained to promote social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia. While looking for volunteers, Kathryn had reached out to Eastwood Collegiate to partner with the winter 2016 OMA session providing the program with youth volunteers.
The Trinity Community also partnered with The Museum, who provided OMA artists the opportunity to be part of the Aging Dialogues Exhibit at The Museum.
In the fall of 2015 Kathryn provided the opportunity of two older adults with dementia to enter the CIGI Community Art contest and created a visual journal of the creative process of the artists that was profiled at the CIGI reception that won praise and recognition from the other artists and audience.
Kathryn and her family are life-long residents of Waterloo Region.