Say hello to Coastal Regional Chapter
Burnaby, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia
About this office
We are very excited to share with you our journey towards a new
way of working and invite you to become agents of change for the
MS Society. The Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, South and Central
Vancouver Island and Northern Vancouver Island Chapters have
joined forces to create the Coastal Regional Chapter. This new
structure will help us reach our goal - to better deliver on our
mission and provide the greatest benefit to the greatest number
of people affected by MS.
We want to welcome you to the Coastal Regional Chapter and we look forward to making a stronger impact, raising much-needed funds and making a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
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Manager, Programs & Services
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext.7312
Community Services Coordinator
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7301
Manager, Development (MS Bike)
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7320
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7303
Community Services Coordinator
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7226
Community Services Coordinator
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7227
Manager, Leadership Giving & Corporate Relations
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7231
Manager, Development (MS Walk)
Phone Toll Free 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7224
Leadership Giving Coordinator
Phone Toll Free 1-800-268-7582 ext. 7250
Coastal Regional Chapter Board
As many know, a life with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be a challenging one. I have experienced many of these challenges since my diagnosis. In 2004 I was diagnosed with MS. Before receiving this diagnosis, I had been working very hard and finishing post-secondary academics to complete my professional accounting designation. That was a key goal I had and I wasn’t going to let the uncertainty of a possible diagnosis prevent me from achieving it. I finished the courses successfully and received my CMA designation just as I was officially diagnosed with MS. This then became a turning point for me. I knew that I would need to work very hard to achieve some other career goals. Sadly, that pursuit ended in 2009 when I suffered a major relapse and was hospitalized for 4 months. It has been a long struggle that continues to this day. At that point, I spent some time reflecting and set new goals. With the supports from MS Society of Canada, I have been able to reach some of these new goals. One of those goals was to improve my mobility enough to get back outside and participate in my favourite pastime. It took a few years, but I did it! Another goal is to write. It is a bit of a challenge but I think I’m up to it. I will keep adjusting my goals because I persevere. I am planning to do more with MS Society to help others. I am patient because change doesn’t happen overnight, as much as we would like it to. And, I will stay positive that we will achieve the mission statement and ultimately find the cure for MS. My personal policy of the 4 P’s continues to resonate. Perseverance, Planning, Patience, and Positivity! And, a special 5 th P has been added because of the involvement I have had with the MS Society. The MS Society has helped me find my new Purpose. Volunteering with the MS Society gives me a purpose as I strive to help them reach the mission statement and #EndMS
Born in Vancouver, I am a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a degree in Communication/Business Administration. Since 1991, I have been the owner of a small local company specializing in the distribution of quality kitchen tools and gadgets for the home gourmet in Canada. I have extensive board experience and served twice on the Lower Mainland Chapter Board. I was inspired to get involved after MS touched the lives of some very dear friends and a family member. I look forward to working with the new board to contribute further and improve the lives of those living with MS. Away from my business, I enjoy family, friends, travel, photography, music, movies and life in Vancouver!
Melissa was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. She has spent nearly a decade in various Business-to-Business Marketing Communications capacities, and has a Bachelor’s of Communication from SFU. From 2011-2014, Melissa thoroughly enjoyed being a Scotiabank MS Walk Organizing Committee Member for the Langley Walk. She contributed as a Volunteer Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. Melissa is inspired by her friend Susan, who gets up every morning and doesn’t let MS stop her from living every moment to the fullest, even on those days when it’s hard to move.
I have been connected with the MS Society since 2004 in many capacities: coordinating the Read-A-Thon and Carnation campaigns; coordinating the Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP); Board Member on the Fraser Valley Chapter; a participant in the MS Grape Escape bike weekends in the Fraser Valley and now Cowichan Valley; volunteering with VLAP; and I’m an MS Ambassador. My two sisters and I have been the caregivers & advocates for our mother, Sandy, for the last 10 years. She was misdiagnosed until her late forties when it was determined she had MS. It has progressed ever since to Cognitive MS with related Dementia. She is now in a wheelchair. I was diagnosed with MS in 2006. Since then, my husband and I decided to retire early. We accomplished this in 2014 with a move to ocean frontage in Powell River along with our new family dog, Ritchie. I feel it is a privilege and an honour to be a part of the Regional Chapter Board, working with the other board members supporting the MS Society’s Mission; To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
Rick Robertson retired approximately 2 years ago, after a 30 year career as Fire Chief and Manager, Safety and Emergency Services with the Victoria Airport Authority, and has been an active volunteer with the South and Central Vancouver Island MS Society Chapter for the past 14 years. During his career, Rick sat on the local Board of Directors from 2008 through 2013. He currently chairs the Victoria MS Walk Planning Committee and has done so for the past eight years. Rick has also held a position on the Vancouver Island Golf Superintendents Association Gala MS Fundraising Planning Committee since 2010. This third-party event, held annually in Victoria, has raised $950,000 over the past 9 years to help End MS. He was also a member of the Reshaping BCY Working Group, and of the Transition Monitoring Team and was very proud to participate and lead this process.
I received a BA in Anthropology from UVic and have been involved in music for years where I have learned to collaborate with many types of people. I was raised in an entrepreneurial family which led to my career as a Realtor in Victoria BC. I have served on the Victoria Royal LePage Shelter Foundation's Golf Committee as the Website and Social Media Advisor for four years. I am a Team Captain for the Victoria MS Walk and recently joined its Committee and was also a member of the Victoria MS Board since last May. My mom has had MS for years and I would love to help make a difference for people with MS.
He was born in Prince Edward Island and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of PEI in 1986. He went on to complete his law degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1989 before relocating to Vancouver and joining Clark Wilson LLP the same year. In addition to assisting his clients, including pro bono work, Glen has frequently published and spoken on legal subjects to members of the legal profession and the wider business community. Glen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015. He was impressed by the medical and rehabilitation support he received and by the wide range of information and services provided by the MS Society of BC. He looks forward to becoming an active part of the Society through the Coastal Regional Board.
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