Louise Adderley

I was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, where my parents ran an orchard. I have an undergraduate degree in social work and a master’s degree in counselling. My background is primarily in medical social work. I worked for Interior Health as a social worker for 22 years — in hospital, Hospice and mostly in the community with a multidisciplinary team. I facilitated a weekly caregiver’s support group for 22 years. Over the years, I had several ALS patients, and I was struck many times by the courage of people living with this disease. I was convinced in 2010 by Gloria Taylor, a woman living with ALS in Westbank, to re-start the ALS support group in Kelowna, which had been out of commission for several years. I have been facilitating the group every since, usually with the support of a respiratory therapist. It is an immensely rewarding and challenging undertaking. I have also helped out for several years with the Caregivers’ Day in Kelowna.

I retired from Interior Health in 2011 in order to spend more time with my grandchildren. I now work part-time with Central Okanagan Hospice as a bereavement counsellor. I also provide counselling support for some individuals and their families living with ALS.

My husband and I live in Peachland and have two sons and five grandchildren. I like to hike, garden, travel and swim in Okanagan Lake.