A Dream Becomes a Reality...Welcome to the Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's

October 20, 2015



Edmonton, AB, October 20, 2015 - Gordon Buchanan, and his wife Diane, dreamed of an accessible wellness centre dedicated to people living with Parkinson disease; their care partners, and their families.  This fall the dream became a reality when the Gordon and Diane Buchanan Family Foundation and Parkinson Alberta opened the doors of the first-of-its-kind in Canada, Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's.  Unfortunately Gordon passed away a year ago (October 19, 2014) before he could see his dream materialize; his influence and legacy however will live on in this unique facility.


It can be difficult to receive a diagnosis of and/or live with Parkinson disease (PD).  There is no one way to deal with it; circumstances and experiences are unique for every person with Parkinson's (PWP), as well as their care partners, family members and friends.  With a new home in the Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's, Parkinson ALberta is able to offer a hub for living well with Parkinson disease in Edmonton and the Greater Edmonton region.  With a wide range of support services, programming and educational opportunities (including one-on-one support, exercise and cognitive programming, and presentations from experts), Parkinson Alberta is dedicated to helping Albertans live better with Parkinson disease and related disorders.  Future technological components will ensure an expansion of that support across the province!


We invite you to experience Gordon's legacy first-hand and join us for a press conference where you will have an opportunity to:

  • tour the facility
  • observe (and film/photograph) one of our current exercise offerings, our PWR! Moves program
  • speak to staff and clients on what it means to have access to support services and programming


Opportunity for interviews:

  •  John Petryshen, CEO, Parkinson Alberta

  • Diane Buchanan, Gordon & Diane Buchanan Family Foundation
  • Trish Clark, Parkinson Alberta Board Member and person with Parkinson's
  • Graham Burridge, Parkinson Alberta Member and person with Parkinson's

Location:   Parkinson Alberta Edmonton Office, Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's, 11209 - 86 St NW, Edmonton

Date & Time:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 10:30AM


Media Contact:

Brandi La Bonte
Community Relations & Communications

Parkinson Alberta

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