With its remarkable ability to shift unexpectedly between all
the colours in the spectrum with each small change of light, the opal is unique amongst all others.
Even as you look at an opal, it can transform before your eyes in a remarkable display of kaleidoscopic hues, surprising you at every turn.
The opal embodies the extraordinary experience of the dementia journey, where unexpected - and sometimes beautiful - changes are a part of life.
Meet our Chief Engagement Curator & Founder
For over 20 years, Catherine Livingstone has been working with cultural institutions and community groups across Canada. Her achievements include curating award-winning art and history exhibits and designing innovative public programming at home and abroad.
In 2017, she pivoted into dementia care as a Recreation Coordinator at a Memory Care Unit, successfully applying her unique skill set to complement clinical and social work staff.
Catherine has a Master's Degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of York in the UK, and is a Certified Dementia Care Provider™ and Positive Approach to Care® Certified Independent Consultant.
Our Origin Story
Understanding the impact the impending demographic shift will have for Canadian families, Catherine is passionate about bringing the best in dementia care and aging population products to communities and caregivers across the country.
In 2019, Catherine was awarded a grant from the Government of the Northwest Territories to establish her own social enterprise start-up company to pursue these goals. She founded The Opal Season Company Ltd., with the goal of working with families and organizations to make dementia-friendly experiences accessible and enjoyable.
To date, she has worked with families, faith groups, arts organizations and private companies in Yellowknife, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, and New York City, as well as collaborating with dementia advocates and researchers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Positive Approach to Care® Certified Independent Consultant
Catherine is proud to be a member of the organization founded by world-renowned dementia expert, Teepa Snow. Alongside input from a core team of people living with dementia, Catherine uses Teepa's methodology to inform her consulting and products.