Alumni of Distinction
Dementia Advocate and Speaker
Phyllis Fehr is a human rights activist, policy creator, researcher and spokesperson who has made it her mission to change the way people think about and understand dementia.
She spent much of her career working as an ICU nurse. It was at the age of 53 that she learned she had early-onset Alzheimer’s. Since then, Phyllis has vowed to live life to the fullest and advocate for those who live with dementia to be treated with dignity and respect by health-care professionals and the wider community.
Phyllis has served on several boards including Ontario Dementia Advocacy Group, Dementia Alliance International and Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice. She has co-created campaigns, co-authored research papers, and been a key policy advisor to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada local and national board and to all levels of government. Phyllis has also given numerous presentations and keynote addresses including to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.