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We are the Alberta and NWT Division of the MS Society of Canada available to serve the 14,000 persons affected by MS in Alberta through our 4 Regions (South, North, Central, Lakeland), 6 staffed Chapters, 3 volunteer chapters and 4 Regional Offices. Each year we raise over $8 million dollars through our Bike Tours, Walks and other initiatives which helps us provide key supports and services to persons affected by MS and to be the largest contributor to the National Research Foundation.
There are exciting developments within our Division, within the Province and Nationally. In addition to providing a number of supports including financial assistance, emotional and peer supports, and social supports, we are focused on developing a number of other initiatives for persons affected by MS. Most recently we have developed the MS GPS program; a systems navigation and advocacy initiative. This program provides support and guidance for some of the complex issues faced by persons with MS. We are also launching the MS MoveS initiative which focusses on Wellness and health promotion for persons affected by MS. Provincially we are proud to have the first ever MS strategy in the Province and in fact the Country: the MS Way Forward Partnership. This will bring together all stakeholders in MS care and supports and enhance the quality of life of persons with MS. At a National level we recently responded to a “Listening to People Affected by MS” survey to which over 6,000 persons affected by MS responded. As a result, the MS Society of Canada has launched a call to action, “Action on MS” which calls on the Federal and Provincial governments to enhances supports for persons affected by MS (including employment and income supports, integrated services); supports for caregivers, and increased focus on progressive MS research.
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About the MS Society:
The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
Our two major programs provide hope for the future through the support of MS research into the cause, treatment and cure of the disease and hope for today through our many services that assist people with MS and their families.
Since our founding in 1948, the core support of the MS Society has been from tens of thousands of dedicated individuals, companies and foundations in communities across Canada. The Society receives almost no funding from government.
The MS Society of Canada has a membership of 28,000. It is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services for people with MS and their families. The MS Society is governed by a National Board of Directors comprised of 13 volunteer members who are elected annually. The seven regional divisions and nearly 120 chapters are also governed by elected volunteer boards of directors.
Some 1,500 volunteers serve on MS Society national, division and chapter boards and committees. An estimated 13,500 women and men are volunteers for service programs, fund raising events, public awareness campaigns and social action activities. The head office of the MS Society is located in Toronto, Ontario. Division offices are located in Dartmouth, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, and Vancouver.