Walk honours Frank Leggat to help ‘make memories matter’

Frank Leggat devoted his life to family, friendship, and farming. He sowed the seeds of care and compassion in all three pursuits.

Frank Leggat devoted his life to family, friendship, and farming. He sowed the seeds of care and compassion in all three pursuits.

So it’s fitting that he’s the honouree for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s for the Cowichan Valley. The fundraising event for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place on Sunday, May 1, with the theme “Make memories matter.”

Residents can participate, donate and volunteer at www.walkforalzheimers.ca.

Leggat was born and raised on a family farm in Manitoba and went on to raise livestock and 640 acres of seed crops. He and wife Frances lived on the family farm, sleeping in the bedroom in which he had been born.

The Leggats retired to Penticton, where they started the first Friendship Force club in B.C., to promote “a world of peace is a world of friends.”

Later, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they moved to Duncan to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Cowichan Valley residents can honour Leggat, and support other local families living with dementia, by taking part in the event, or making a donation.

“Memories make us who we are,” says Walk co-chairwoman Loree l’Anson.

“When you walk, you honour those who have passed and support our work to provide help and hope to those living with the disease today.”

Walk registration takes place at 10 a.m.at Cowichan Sportplex, 5847 Chesterfield Ave. The Walk begins at 11 a.m., and follows an outdoor route.

Volunteers are also needed. For information, visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca or contact l’Anson and Watson at 250-749-6778 or goldenpond@shaw.ca.