Donation Helps Dementia Patients

The Blue Umbrella program received $53,000 from Cameco's Blind River employee giving program in 2016.

Employees at Cameco’s Blind River Refinery are no strangers to giving. Fourteen years in a row, they've been raising thousands of dollars for local charities. Charities present their project and are chosen based on the theme of "making a difference".

"We try to pick one (project) that has a true impact on helping the local community or communities," says Astles. "And it’s not just Blind River, but the North Shore."

In late 2015, after a presentation from the Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River employees chose the Blue Umbrella program as their charity of choice.

The Blue Umbrella program's main goal is to help those who have been diagnosed with dementia to live well. How they do this is partnering with the town and its business owners by making it a dementia-friendly community. It started as a pilot program in Bobcaygeon and is now fully implemented in Blind River, thanks to Cameco employee's generous donation of $53,000 in 2016.