Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter’s Advocacy Coordinator provides assistance and support to persons living with MS with regard to financial, medical, housing, transport, legal and other issues directly impacting their quality of life. Assistance with navigating the system, education and support regarding advocating for oneself, and information and Referral are available.
Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter offers a six week information session for newly diagnosed individuals entitled MS:IS. This program is run in the spring and the fall in the evenings. MS:IS is also offered as a one day information session that provides an introduction to what MS is all about. The Education Coordinator also provides education presentations to care facilities, school groups, wellness providers, and the general public.
Friendly Visiting Program
The Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter offers a Friendly Visiting Volunteer Program for persons living with MS who reside in a continuing care facility. The Friendly Visiting program is designed to provide support, increased awareness of community resources, and engage in shared activities. If you are currently living within the continuing care continuum and would like to receive a Friendly Visitor, or if you would like to volunteer your time to provide a Friendly Visit to persons with MS, please contact the Community Connections Coordinator.
Friendly Visiting Brochure
MS Awareness Days
A new initiative for the Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter of the MS Society, with the aim of increasing awareness about Multiple Sclerosis to the general public, as well as creating awareness around the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission, and the programs and services that are being offered. Another purpose is to introduce and work with new communities that have recently been included into the Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter boundaries.
MS Awareness Website
Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter’s Outreach Coordinator invites persons living with MS and their families to discuss any questions that they may have about their illness. The Outreach Coordinator also conducts Friendly Visiting for persons living with MS that are living at home or in assisted living facilities.
Mercier Helping Hand Fund (Special Assistance and Equipment Fund)
The Mercier Helping Hand Fund provides financial assistance of up to $500.00 per year to persons with MS living within the Edmonton & Capital Region Chapter. This is a fund of last resort and does not duplicate existing programs. It contributes positively to the recipients’ quality of life by providing services and equipment not covered by other programs. Examples of funding include home making, moving, transportation, health and wellness, equipment and repair, etc.
For more information, contact Andy at 780-471-3034.
Support Counselling and Information
Edmonton and Capital Region Chapter staff are available Monday thru Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm to provide supportive counseling and various information on MS and associated issues. Please call 471-3034 to speak to a staff member.
Young Adults with MS is a social group for males and females aged 18-35 living with Multiple Sclerosis. The group meets bi-monthly and offers support, education, recreation and social opportunities for young adults and their families living in the greater Edmonton area.
For more information and for upcoming events, please contact Lisa King at 780-471-3034 ext. 6722
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Support Groups are available in and around Edmonton for persons living with MS, newly diagnosed individuals, partners of persons with MS and family and friends of persons with MS. The purpose of the support groups takes many forms including providing practical help, information and feedback, guest speakers on a variety of topics, active listening, emotional support and social networking. Each group is led by a skilled facilitator and group sizes range from 5-25 people per group.