CSI Facebook Takeover: Meet Laura Bowley SEF ’15

24 Sep 2022

This is another installment from our series of articles in the CSI Facebook Takeover Week

 

We are proud to highlight another one of our amazing Social Entrepreneur Fellows Laura Bowley, founder of Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia. We were blown away by her passion to tackle a sensitive issue that affects so many of our families. Learn more about Laura in her own words:

“I am a mom of two, and a wife. My Business Management degree is from Ryerson, and I’ve had a varied career including management consulting, writing, editing, course design, event management, workshop facilitation, graphic and website design. I also love travel, gardening, and family. Born in Toronto, I spent many years in BC, and am now home and drawing inspiration from a small town two hours from Toronto. I’ve found my community at SSE, a community of dreamers, disruptors and doers for whom even the sky is no limit.

“Over 46 million people worldwide, including 750,000 in Canada, have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Our approach to helping them—isn’t helping, due in large part to the stigma of dementia, and the wrong assumptions we make about people with dementia and those who have the disease. We know this from the stories people with dementia tell, but their stories can also guide us in creating change, if we hear enough stories and start talking about them! Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia will share as many stories of people with dementia as possible through multiple forums: an online storytelling platform, empowering advocates with dementia, theatre and art projects, and monthly webinars with people are changing the story of dementia.

“My mother died in 2008 from dementia – vascular dementia after a stroke. Due to the devastating stigma of dementia, along with a lack of diagnosis and information, it was a lonely journey for her and for our family. I knew there had to be a better way and I swore I’d find it! I felt that if she had known there was life after diagnosis, and if our family had known how to support her in living, we would have done it.