Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


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Vancouver glee club and Ontario caregiver among recipients of MS Society National Awards

Toronto, ON – April 11, 2013 – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 National Awards in honour of their dedication to ending MS and supporting  people affected by the disease.

Norine Thomason, National Opal Award for Caregivers
Norine Thomason of Thornhill, Ont. receives the National Opal Award for Caregivers, in recognition of her dedication and commitment to caring for her husband, Bill.

“I have been a caregiver to Bill since I was 27 years old.  I’m now 70,” says Norine. “It’s an honour to receive this award.” Bill was diagnosed with MS in 1969.

For Norine, care proved difficult at times.  As Bill’s mobility limited, she became the sole breadwinner in their household while raising their two children.  Disappointed in the level of care that her husband received in nursing homes, Norine fought to keep her husband at home, where she cared for him on her own.

Norine was part of the York South Chapter board of directors in Ontario for six years and was one of the founding members of her local caregiver support group.  In 2011, she became an MS Ambassador, advocating for caregivers of people with MS.

Linda Lumsden, National Award of Merit, Member
Linda Lumsden of Brockville, Ont. receives the National Award of Merit, Member, in recognition of her outstanding volunteer work.  Linda has been involved with the MS Society for 13 years and has held numerous leadership roles with the MS Society’s Ottawa Chapter.  In 2011, she became the chair of the CCSVI Working Group, providing advice and recommendations to the board of directors on matters concerning chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency.

Purdy’s Sweet Day Glee Club, National Award of Merit, Non-Member
Purdy’s Sweet Day Glee Club of Vancouver, B.C. is awarded the National Award of Merit, Non-Member, for their tremendous support of the MS Society.  In 2012, Purdy’s employees rallied together to support a fellow employee’s spouse who lives with MS, by participating in Canada Sings.  Sweet Day won the competition and donated a total of $35,000 to support people affected by MS.

About multiple sclerosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord.  It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada.  Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives.  The MS Society provides services to people affected by MS and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit or call 1-800-268-7582.

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