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Part 2: CUTV News spotlights award-winning academic and advocate Dr. Dan Andreae

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Toronto, ON – Just because you have a good cause, doesn't mean it's going to be successful. There are so many different and worthwhile causes vying for the attention of our communities and their citizens, so capturing that attention and keeping it to create meaningful change is an ongoing process of educating people and building relationships to develop allies and support along the way.

Dr. Dan Andreae is a distinguished, award-winning academic, as well as an effective community advocate and leader.

"Education is where the head meets the heart,” says Dr. Andreae. "I consider myself a 'prac-ademic.’ Education is key and necessary, but it's much more powerful when it can be galvanized into action.”

Dr. Andreae has had an impressive career and served as the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, the first such society formed anywhere in the world in the 1980s where he helped to develop innovative and groundbreaking programs.

“Being involved in community organizations and giving back has been a big part of my life,” says. Dr. Andreae. “I love to raise awareness by helping smaller organizations who really need help in getting their message across. It becomes all worthwhile when you can see the faces of those being helped and to know that you, working with others, have contributed in some small way to making a difference in people's everyday lives.”

Possessing a broad ranging and unique understanding of organizational leadership as well as a visionary perspective, Dr. Andreae says he typically gets involved with an organization when the "rubber hits the road" and when those participating are open to new ideas and approaches to solve problems

“We are always learning each and every day and lifelong learning has been an inspirational pillar of my approach to life," he says.