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Gerald's Dad is still included in the family business

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Gerald's dad had a dream of owning a convenience store.

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My Dad's name is Mundo Kim. He was a chemical engineer in Korea and a very successful businessman. His dream when we moved to Canada, was to own his own convenience store and he ended up owning many. He owned many businesses, video stores, even up to doing real estate development.

He is the most resilient and optimistic person I've ever met.

I've never seen him visibly sad or distressed. He's just a go-getter.

We were on the brink of bankruptcy... three times, and he never once fell into any kind of despair or hopelessness. He was always sure of himself. He knew we were going to get through it. And somehow, he did!

It's sad, certain things he can't do anymore. But there's a lot there that's still him.

His Dad loves being productive despite his dementia symptoms.

A big part of my Dad's identity is his ability to be productive and continue working, and that was taken away from him (with the disease). That was really hard.

So one of the things that we've done as a family is integrate him into our work. We bring him into the office once a week.

We ask him questions, and we run things by him.

We make him feel like he's part of our family business, even if he can't be part of it from a 'decision-making' standpoint. It really helps. 

Being part of the business gives his Dad strength and purpose.

He really seems to enjoy it.

"It's Still Me" is a powerful statement to me. Because it really flips the script on his disease. 

And the StillMe movement, too. It takes the focus away from what's lost and puts it back on what remains.

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Gerald Kim

Member, Board of Directors, Alzheimer Calgary

Gerald is a business valuator and forensic accountant with experience directing and managing complex damage quantifications for litigation and business interruption insurance claims. He is a previous board member of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. Gerald is honoured to be part of board of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, having a personal connection to the cause as his father is living with dementia.