Mary Connell

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Mary Connell

Project Manager for the Butterfly Model of Dementia Care and Dementia Advisor for the Region of Peel

What is the Butterfly Model of Dementia Care?

The Butterfly Household Model of Care is based on the belief that for people experiencing dementia, feelings matter most, that emotional intelligence is the core competency for staff, and that people living with dementia can thrive well in a nurturing environment where those living and working together know how to “be” person centred together. The physical environment of a home is a critical component in supporting people living with dementia to live successfully for as long as possible. The physical space can also make the work environment more rewarding and less challenging for staff. 

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Mary is a Registered Nurse with a 30-year career as a frontline practitioner in intensive care, Emergency and Public Health. She has also held leadership positions as the Manager of the Healthy Babies Health Children Program and as the Strategic Advisor for the Commissioner of Health Services for the Region of Peel. Over the last few years Mary has dedicated her time to large scale projects requiring transformational change – such as the implementation of the Butterfly Model of Dementia Care in all Region of Peel LTC homes. In her current role, and through her experience as the child of a parent with Alzheimer’s, trying to navigate dementia services in Ontario, Mary has garnered  the inspiration and drive needed to work towards real change for people living with dementia. She is truly honoured to be a small part of this change through her work on the Butterfly Model.