Parkinson Society Canada

July 12, 2011 09:00 ET

Parkinson Alberta Organization Amalgamates to Better Meet Needs

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) - For the first time in over 35 years people living with Parkinson disease and other stakeholders will have one voice across the province. Parkinson Society of Southern Alberta and The Parkinson's Society of Alberta have merged to form a provincial organization Parkinson Alberta Society (PAS). The new organization will provide services to all Albertans, no matter where they live in the province.

"We are very excited about forming this provincial organization and I'm grateful to the Board, our CEO, John Petryshen (formerly CEO of Parkinson Society of Southern Alberta) who has a new five year term with us, and people living with Parkinson's who had the vision and motivation to see this happen," said Parkinson Alberta Chair, Doug Darling. "With this new organization, we will be able to reach out to more people living with Parkinson's, offering more support groups, one on one family and individual support, more education information sessions while raising more funds for research into the causes and a cure," he added.

"Part of the success of the organization is working alongside people across the province to understand their needs and what we can do for them and with them," said John Petryshen, CEO of the new Parkinson Alberta. "The word is spreading and we are building confidence in the community, working closely with the Movement Disorder Programs at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, funders and donors alike," he said.

"Parkinson Alberta will be a much expanded resource for people like me who were diagnosed with Parkinson's at an early age and for over 8,000 Albertans with Parkinson disease," says Helen Mak member of the Provincial Client Advisory Committee in Edmonton. "For people who have never had the chance to experience the caring support the organization provides, I encourage them to contact Parkinson Alberta."

Parkinson Alberta provides education, support, and advocacy for Albertans with Parkinson's, a neurological disease for which there is no cure.

Parkinson Alberta has offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and also has support groups throughout the province including Grand Prairie and Lloydminster. For more information visit www.parkinsons-society.org

Parkinson Alberta is one of 10 regional partners of Parkinson Society Canada which has been supporting Canadians living with Parkinson's since 1965.

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