The Champlain Dementia Network (CDN) was established in September 2005 when the dementia networks in the Eastern Counties, Ottawa and Renfrew County decided to come together under one umbrella. This made obvious sense given the creation of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (Champlain LHIN). The CDN provides an excellent opportunity to have a stronger voice in influencing the evolution of dementia care in the Champlain region. In 2007, a representative from North Lanark and a representative from North Grenville joined the CDN since their geographic boundaries align with the Champlain LHIN.
The three former networks already had a rich and productive history of working together both through sharing with each other and through their involvement with the Regional Geriatric Advisory Committee (RGAC).
The three former networks are committed to working together. They have recognized that they are able to achieve more collectively than what they might individually. At the same time, they continue to respect the unique needs of their various communities and encourage an atmosphere which fosters mutual trust, growth and leadership.
The Champlain region, comprised of Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ottawa, Renfrew, North Lanark and North Grenville is very diverse in geography and culture. It covers over 20,000 square kilometers. The region has a high percentage of rural population which makes access to services more difficult. The highest francophone populations reside in the counties of Prescott and Russell. 3.4% of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples live in Renfrew County. 20.5% of Ottawa is made up of an immigrant population. The challenge within this culturally diverse region is to be able to provide appropriate health and social services to individuals with dementia and their family members.
The Champlain region, which includes Eastern Counties, Ottawa, Renfrew County, North Lanark and North Grenville has a population of over one million people. Currently there are approximately 19,000 persons with dementia in this region. The projections for 2036 will see the total almost double to 45,000.