In photo: Mary Burnett (left) and Michelle Lewis (right)

Simcoe, ON, October 4, 2023 — The Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton and it’s foundation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Lewis as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Michelle brings a wealth of experience and passion to her role, poised to carry forward the impactful legacy left by Mary Burnett, who served as CEO for an admirable 16 years.

Michelle Lewis steps into her new position with a demonstrated dedication to the Alzheimer Society’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their families and caregivers. With a rich background in non-profit leadership and a strong focus on community engagement, Michelle is well-equipped to steer the organization into a future of continued growth and positive influence.

Mary Burnett, the outgoing CEO, has been instrumental in leading the Alzheimer Society through numerous milestones over her 16-year tenure. Under her guidance, the organization expanded its services, increased community awareness, and forged critical partnerships. As Michelle takes on the mantle, she is committed to building on this foundation and further advancing the Alzheimer Society’s mission.

“I am deeply honoured to follow in the footsteps of Mary Burnett,” writes Michelle Lewis, “whose dedication and hard work have greatly contributed to the Alzheimer Society’s success and impact over the past 16 years. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team, volunteers, and partners to continue driving positive change for individuals and families impacted by dementia.”

Teresa Domladovac and J.P. Mackay, on behalf of the board of directors, extend their sincere congratulations to Mary Burnett on her upcoming retirement, saying “Mary’s vision and leadership has been instrumental in advancing our mission and her contributions to the communities we serve have been extraordinary. We are pleased that Michelle Lewis has been selected as the next CEO for the Alzheimer Society and the Alzheimer Society Foundation.”

As Michelle assumes her role as CEO, she will work closely with the board, staff, and stakeholders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that advance the Alzheimer Society’s vision. Her focus will be on furthering the organization’s impact through continued growth, enhanced programs, and strengthened community partnerships.